Pittwater Life October 2018 Issue

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‘Stop overdevelopment whingeing’

NSW Planning Minister

Anthony Roberts says he

is “done” with the term overdevelopment

and disappointed

at councils “whingeing” as he

oversees Sydney’s infrastructure

renovation.

Speaking during a panel discussion

at ‘Sydney 2050: Today’s

planning for tomorrow’s Sydney’

last month, Mr Roberts said community

opposition to development

needed to be measured

against improvements made.

He told Fairfax Media the metropolitan

area was playing catchup

because past planning policy

had “failed future generations

with our love of the quarter-acre

block” and unwillingness to control

or plan for urban sprawl.

“If you think this government

is obsessed with infrastructure,

that’s why,” he said. “We can’t

live like the 1970s when people

built homes on subdivisions and

then worried about who was

going to build their footpath,

schools or roads.”

He added infrastructure and

services must meet or exceed

housing and population growth.

“Overdevelopment does not

exist – infrastructure failure

exists,” he said. “We needed to

move the dial dramatically and

we did.”

However, concerns about

whether infrastructure can keep

up with the rapid rate of development

remain prevalent across

Local Government Areas.

The State Government recently

deferred the introduction of a

policy aimed at encouraging medium-density

housing in dozens

of councils that were not ready

to address issues of increased

density. The deferral gave Councils

the opportunity to set their

desired zoning preferences.

“One person’s overdevelopment

is another person’s home

and that’s the issue,” Mr Roberts

said. “It’s easy for someone to

say ‘I don’t want more development’

– well, you’re fine, you’ve

got a home... but think about

your children and grandchildren.”

Northern Beaches mayor

Michael Regan attended the

seminar; he told Mr Roberts our

Council wanted to deliver more

housing, but needed other ministers

and departments to provide

supporting infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Mayor Regan told

Pittwater Life the first meeting of

the Avalon Community Reference

Group would be held on

October 17 to discuss the Avalon

Place Plan after its 16 members

were selected last month.

The reference group will work

collaboratively with the community

to prepare the draft place

plan.

Mr Regan said the initial

phase, which involved community

engagement, was now

complete, with all the information

and data currently being

compiled into a ‘Spotlight on

Avalon’ document that would

be presented to the reference

group prior to it being publicly

released.

The reference group received

31 nominations from the community.

The Avalon Place Plan is the pilot

placemaking program for the

new council, which will address

Manly next before turning its

focus on Mona Vale. – Nigel Wall

Medicare

boost for

scan access

Patients on the beaches

will now be able to access

Medicare-funded

scans for cancer, stroke,

heart and other medical

conditions, with the

Coalition Government

announcing a new MRI

licence for NB Hospital.

Mackellar MP Jason

Falinski said the MRI

machine was expected

to benefit 4,000 patients

locally a year through a

Medicare rebate and provide

an estimated 5,500

services per annum.

The MRI licence was

a positive outcome for

270,000 people on the

Northern Beaches , who

will now have access to

affordable, high-quality

MRI services, said Chief

Executive of Healthcare

Imaging Services Dean

Lewsam.

* More info see our

story on page 44.

8 OCTOBER 2018

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