Har­vey seeks an­swers on tow­ers’ ap­proval

Stirling Times - - Front Page - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au Laura Pond

SCAR­BOR­OUGH MLA Liza Har­vey is seek­ing an­swers from the State Govern­ment about the ap­proval of the 3 Oceans de­vel­op­ment in Scar­bor­ough.

The deputy Lib­eral leader said she was “gob­s­macked” when the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Rede­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity ap­proved the 43storey and 33-storey tow­ers plan in June af­ter re­ject­ing it last De­cem­ber.

“My con­stituents feel ag­grieved and thought that the de­vel­op­ment was so far out­side of the plan­ning scheme that it could not be ap­proved,” she said.

“We are con­cerned for the prece­dent this sets as there are many other po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment sites in Scar­bor­ough.

“I am aware that a num­ber of sites are now in­tend­ing to sub­mit de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions that are out­side the scheme.”

Ms Har­vey will ask Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti when Parliament re­con­venes on Tues­day what traf­fic up­grades will be done sur­round­ing the site, whether the Govern­ment will pay for these and the rea­sons why the de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tion pay­ment was capped at 12 storeys, as re­ported by the Times in July.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the com­ments were in­ter­est­ing given Ms Har­vey was re­ported to have sup­ported the pro­posal in March 2017.

“The 3 Oceans twin tower pro­posal re­ceived vo­cal public sup­port from Ms Har­vey and other stake­hold­ers such as the Tourism Coun­cil and Mayor of Stir­ling from the be­gin­ning,” she said.

“Sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment is an op­por­tu­nity to cap­i­talise on the Govern­ment’s re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Scar­bor­ough fore­shore.

“We have a multi-agency work­ing group to un­der­take a com­pre­hen­sive and in­de­pen­dent trans­port assess­ment of the wider de­vel­op­ment area.”

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the plan­ning frame­work gave dis­cre­tion for ap­proval of vari­a­tions.

Ms Har­vey said her 2017 com­ments were made to “en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to en­gage in the process”.

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