Res­i­dents say they are in the dark over Bar­ne­son project

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

THE Plan­ning Depart­ment has re­jected claims by a res­i­dent group al­leg­ing a lack of con­sul­ta­tion about the Bar­ne­son Blvd Project.

The One Mile Dam res­i­dents group say they have been left in the dark about the pro­posed project, which will run 50m from the boundary of some of their homes.

At a fo­rum hosted by com­mu­nity group ‘STOP Bar­ne­son Boule­vard’ on Thurs­day last week, One Mile Dam spokes­woman Mindy Tim­ber said DIPL had pre­vi­ously com­mit­ted to con­sult with res­i­dents about the project, but that prom­ise had fallen through.

STOP Bar­ne­son Boule­vard spokesman Nick Kir­lew said: “We’ve been told that the man­grove trees near One Mile Dam cur­rently pro­vide a fil­ter­ing sys­tem for the run-off from the old Shell tank farm.

“Once they are re­moved to make way for Bar­ne­son Blvd, the pol­lu­tion will flow straight into the Duck Pond and the har­bour.” But depart­ment spokes­woman Louise McCor- mick said One Mile Dam res­i­dents were con­sulted and pro­vided in­put to them.

“They (the res­i­dents) would like to main­tain a walk­ing con­nec­tion to the city,” she said.

“Shared paths will be pro­vided into the city.

“They re­quested a bus stop for older peo­ple to be able to have bet­ter ac­cess pub­lic trans- port. We have al­ready been able to ac­com­mo­date this.”

She said the depart­ment had never claimed there was zero con­tam­i­na­tion at the site.

“We have said there were low lev­els de­tected and we were con­sult­ing with NTEPA on our pro­posed clean-up and man­age­ment of those ma­te­ri­als.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL FRANCHI

An anti-project rally ear­lier this year

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