Hearnes has locals fired up

SANDY Beach residents will gather in Ti Tree Road at 11am on Saturday to voice their protests over State Government plans to approve a large residential housing estate on low-lying land at Hearnes Lake.

Doug McDonald, of Sandy Beach, said the residents were not associated with any organised protest group, did not have a political agenda and did not want to bash the council, but were very unhappy about the proposed development.

“We are worried about the environmental impact and we are worried about Sandy Beach,” Mr McDonald said.

“We are not anti-development,but we believe it is ludicrous to build on a wetland when they are disappearing across the world.”

Mr McDonald said none of the residents had had the opportunity to even look at the proposal and if they had looked at it, they would certainly have objected.

The projected Sandy Shores development of 200 houses from the Pacific Highway to the beach on land south of Hearnes Lake and north of Sandy Beach has received draft concept approval by the State Government under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, which bypasses local councils.

“On Saturday we will hear from some quite articulate speakers, and then march from Ti Tree to Pine Crescent to show where the roads will enter so people can see the situation and decide for themselves.”

Inquiries: Doug McDonald on 6656 2212.



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