Left high and dry af­ter lake­side ‘ paradise’ re­zoned

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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”.

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