THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE SILENT ABOUT PLAN
People in the shire should not be complacent if they are against the proposal for a retirement development on Ferraro Road. A lot of things go through government anad council because of public pressure. If an apathetic public fails to voice their views, change is possible. The only way to slow down the evolution of this area into development similar to the northern Beaches or even Mulgrave Road, is for the general public to express their rejection of new proposals.
If you remain silent, things will happen which residents will regret. Now is the time to express your rejection of this proposal in the strongest possible terms by writing to the council.
Don’t forget, if older residents want to move out of their big houses, they can buy a flat. Living in a retirement village is not a cheap option. This village will only serve cashed up members and obviously provide a good return on Steve Thomas’s investment. More development brings more population growth, more crime, more road accidents, more urban sprawl, more ugliness, more restrictions on daily freedoms that you take for granted now. Fight for the right to remain a small community and don’t let developers dictate the growth of the region.
Andrea Collisson, Oak Beach
restrictions on transport corridors like the Capt. Cook Hwy. The Ferrero road development proposes in excess of 150 allotments in the first stage with the possibility of a second stage proposing at least that. That represents potentially 300+ plus new residential dwellings potentially catering for a population of 600+ people. That is essentially the equivalent of another town.
There are plenty of opportunities for urban infill to take place and site redevelopment for residential purposes on the eastern side of the highway in Port Douglas and Craiglie and at Mossman which are potentially more suitable for a development of this nature. Current infrastructure capabilities take these areas into account.
Quite apart from any of the above the Council cannot in my opinion simply rezone the proposed Ferrero road site for residential purposes. Consideration would have to be given to a broader rezoning than the boundaries of this land otherwise it could quite legitimately be perceived the Council is making a decision for the benefit of one developer. Also, if the Ferrero road allotment is considered suitable for urban expansion why not other surrounding property on the western side of the highway?
This development, if it goes ahead on the Ferrero Road site, will create a precedent and put pressure on the Council to extend the urban footprint on the western side of the highway even further in my opinion.
My understanding also is that the Council cannot rezone the site for “retirement village”. This is not a legitimate zone description. It would have to be zoned “residential” which means any type of conforming residential development could go there, not limited to a retirement village.
David Carey, councillor
Site of the proposed retirement community