Council to Challenge State Government on Bad Development Decision

Published on 24 October 2013

State Government on Bad Development Decision
The City of Botany Bay is to challenge a decision by the Planning Assessment Commission to approve the huge redevelopment of Eastlakes Shopping Centre.

Mayor Ben Keneally has slammed the State Government and the Planning Assessment Commission for approving the project.

“This is a terrible decision by the Planning Assessment Commission”, said Mayor Ben Keneally.  “Eastlakes was the victim of poor planning decisions a generation ago.  It will be a terrible shame if it is a victim again.

“We have sought the advice of Senior Counsel and there are grounds for a challenge” Mr Keneally said.

Councillor Greg Mitchell, whose Ward takes in Eastlakes played a leading role in discussions.

“Our Council wants to see redevelopment of the site which would include a modern shopping centre and residential units.  However, under this proposal there is little open space for residents and what is there, will soon sit in the shadows”, Councillor Mitchell argued.  

“Simply crowding in as many people as possible and not addressing the substantial increase in traffic and noise from the proposed development is plain stupid.  But not to have open areas for kids to play and run and take in the sun is just mean” Councillor Mitchell concluded.

The Mayor and Councillors have vowed to fight this decision “all the way”.