Left high and dry after lakeside ‘ paradise’ rezoned
WHEN Danielle and Chris Camilleri saw acreages up for sale opposite Penrith Lakes three years ago, the couple jumped at the chance to build their dream home.
The Camilleris (left), who have two young children, went halves with their in-laws to buy a 2ha lot.
They sold their existing home and moved in with relatives to afford the property.
But eight weeks after settlement in 2016, they were “dumbfounded” to learn the state government had changed zoning of the site because of flood evacuation concerns, effectively stopping any development.
The Camilleris claim they never received notification of intentions to change the zoning, which has now left them “homeless” while still having to pay “thousands of dollars” in land tax and council rates.
“When we bought the property, the contract stated that dual- occupancy was allowed,” Mrs Camilleri said. “Now it’s zoned the same as Penrith Lakes, meaning we can’t build.” Mrs Camilleri said she had written to Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, but had been told a dual occupancy was not permissible.
After questions from The Sunday Telegraph, the Department of Planning and Environment said it “will thoroughly consider any correspondence from Mr and Mrs Camilleri and will meet with the couple if requested”.