to Ku-ring-gai’s heritage, streetscapes, etc
The main threats to Ku-ring-gai’s heritage, environment, streetscapes, and
amenity arise from the combination of:
The State Government’s policy of "urban consolidation", which thrusts
ever-increasing populations into existing suburbs without any attempt at proper
justification. In FOKE’s view, a policy that threatens so much built and
natural heritage, that steals so much amenity and property value from existing
residents, deserves not just justification, but should be required to show
net benefit to the NSW community. That is currently lacking.
The flow of donations from property developers to major political parties, and
particularly to the government of the day. Recent revelations of
corruption have reinforced such beliefs. Not only are such donations a
threat to proper planning process, they bring politicians generally into
disrepute, and strike at the foundation of transparent political process.
"State Environmental Planning Policies" (SEPPs), which have allowed the State
Government to exercise very significant planning powers with no real
accountability to those affected.
A "Planning Panel", appointed by the Minister to take over all significant
planning powers of Ku-ring-gai Council. As a result, very significant
decisions about Ku-ring-gai are now being made by people who have not chosen to
live in Ku-ring-gai, and who won’t have to live with the results of their
decisions. Residents have been disenfranchised.
The lack of any agreed population policy for Australia, with heavy immigration
resulting in an ever-increasing population in our major cities, overloading
infrastructure, and adversely affecting residents’ amenity and lifestyle.
The major beneficiaries of current immigration levels are developers of
apartment buildings and those who receive their political donations (see
above). Certainly not the population at large.
The acclaimed State of Siege film documenting the trashing of Ku-ring-gai by inappropriate and over-development has been updated by www.tropicofoz.com, following the NSW March 2011 election. At this stage, seven Australian universities have sought copies of it and are screening it for pedagogical purposes. Audiences at universities and elsewhere, are finding the documentary “riveting”. We congratulate resident Dennis Grosvenor on presenting so well the adverse effects of development on his neighbourhood.
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