Moonee residents protest


THE Land and Environment Court visited Moonee Beach yesterday to examine the site of a controversial residential development.

Commissioner Dr John Roseth heard submissions from groups both for and against the 143-dwelling proposal, which mixes three- and four-storey apartment buildings and townhouses.

The hearing will continue at Bellingen Court House today.

As part of the hearing, the court toured the site of the proposed development, immediately to the south of the under-construction Moonee Beach Shopping Centre.

The land stretches east from the Pacific Highway towards properties in Woodhouse Road.

White poles have been erected on the site to show both the height and the length of the proposed buildings.

About 50 Moonee Action Group members turned out to greet Dr Roseth and show their opposition to the proposal.

Resident David Woodbury cited a long list of objections to the development and said if it went ahead it would be a missed opportunity for the village, which is set to see its population expand from 700 to more than 4000 during the next decade.

"This land is zoned 3G (mixed Business) and the Moonee DCP states that this land should either comply with the Business Lands DCP or the Medium Density Housing DCP, depending on the type of development undertaken," he said.

"This development application does neither.

"The proposed development effectively sterilises the site for future economic growth as a business area, which is devastating for the long-term economic viability of the Moonee Beach area."

The residents say the problems with the development include its density, building heights, lot sizes, traffic noise and the fact it sets an unwanted precedent for developers in the area.

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