Liberals looks just like Labor in massive Huntlee Development

Media Release  14.6.12

Liberals looks just like Labor in massive Huntlee Development

Residents in Cessnock are hopping mad after the State Government released a plan for 20,000 people at Branxton in the Hunter Valley.

The Huntlee development is the biggest single residential proposal in NSW with 7,500 proposed houses.

‘There has not been a single scrap of development approved at Huntlee and yet the Government has placed on public exhibition a plan to facilitate the proposal of the development company.’ said Greens Councillor James Ryan.

‘Planning Minister Brad Hazzard liked to give the impression when in opposition and when newly elected to Government that he understood just how environmentally damaging and inappropriate the Huntlee development was.’

‘Now before a single house has been approved or a single block of land subdivided his Government is promoting a ‘Development Control Plan’ which endorses the whole 20,000 people in 7,500 houses.’

‘Mr Hazzard can certainly no longer claim to be taking a closer and more objective look at this development.’ said Clr Ryan ‘It seems he is going down the same path as former Planning Minister Tony Kelly.’

‘When residents and I met with Mr Hazzard in April he seemed to appreciate that the previous government had bungled and rushed the Huntlee proposal. He indicated to us that he would support, new studies,  a full public re-exhibition and a re assessment of the Stage 1 Development Proposal for 1700 houses.’

‘As of yesterday the Minister’s Department put on display a plan supporting 7500 houses and 20,000.’

‘It’s the same old story for the people and the environment around North Rothbury and Branxton whether it is a Labor Government or a Liberal one.’ Clr Ryan said. ‘The Government is just pushing the developers plan yet again.’

‘I call on the Minister to to use the same Executive Powers that the NSW Court of Appeal found enabled the Minister to rezone the land despite any shortcomings in process, and overturn the Huntlee proposal once and for all.’

The Draft Development Control plan is on public exhibition and can be viewed on the Department of Planning webpage ( click the link here ).

James Ryan
Greens Councillor, Cessnock City Council
0414 922 591

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