Wide open spaces, ocean air and the quaint, historic feel of the town add to the appeal of living in Kiama.
However, as council negotiates a lack of residential housing in the area, a defining factor of the town – its wide, open spaces – could be in jeopardy.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward raised the alarm at a Kiama Council public hearing on June 26.
His comments were made in opposition to a residential development earmarked for Terralong Street.
Mr Ward aired his concerns that if the land’s rezoned, it will open the floodgates for developers, and deny residents and visitors of public open space in town.
“Open space is one of the reasons people choose to live in this area,” he said.
“If this goes through, I’m worried about the precedent it may set for future proposals.
“It could result in an erosion of public open space within the local government area.”
He argued nine residential allotments would hardly overcome Kiama’s housing provision issues, and that there are many other opportunities for residential land development such as the redevelopment of Bombo quarry.