In­fill devel­op­ment will ruin a gar­den sub­urb

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

IN June 1968, my wife and I bought our block at City Beach, and we paid what was then a hefty pre­mium for it.

Friends and fam­ily thought that we were crazy pay­ing such a price for a patch of white sand, but we ar­gued that we were buy­ing into what was pro­moted as a gar­den sub­urb, and we were con­fi­dent that we had made the right de­ci­sion.

How­ever, now that de­ci­sion is ques­tioned with the Town of Cam­bridge hell-bent on turn­ing it into an in­fill sub­urb.

When I look out our win­dows, I see a canopy of stately, ma­ture trees – mainly gums.

Our back lawn is reg­u­larly vis­ited by mag­pies, kook­abur­ras, wil­lie wag­tails and hon­eyeaters that are not the least bit afraid when we walk out into the gar­den. If this in­fill plan is to take place, the trees will be gone and so will the birds.

Our four chil­dren and their many friends in the neigh­bour­hood have en­joyed our back yard with its lawn and swimming pool as they grew up, and is still en­joyed by our grand­chil­dren to this day.

If the house is knocked down to cre­ate a du­plex, it is good­bye pool and play­ing area.

When I walk out to col­lect the pa­per, I find the street filled with parked cars. Ours is a short street with just 10 houses, so imag­ine the scene when there are triplexes on each cor­ner and du­plexes in the street.

Ac­tu­ally, it is not a street, it is a road – Gunee Road.

If this mon­strous in­fill goes ahead, it will not be Gunee Road, City Beach any more. It will be more like Dunny Road, Sh***y Beach.

Trevor Sut­cliffe, City Beach.

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