THE ‘FORGOTTEN AUSTRALIANS’: MENANGLE PARK DEVELOPMENT: Supersize Plans have Residents fuming over CHINESE DEVELOPER

The ‘Forgotten Australians’ of Menangle Park are literally to have their Village SHANGHAI’d!!

WHY did the NSW Government open its tender to overseas developers?

The increased density wouldn’t be about the profits to be made by Dahua?

The likes of which company have ridden roughshod over the rights of the forgotten … totally ignored Australians with this proposal to build SHANGHAI like for the 100% overseas market from whence it cameto meet their cultural and socio-economic needs … as they silently permeate

… fly in and buy … with a ‘Permanent Resident Visa’ thrown in …

DOES it seem the NSW Grubmnt is acting contrary to the interests of Australian Constituents having also previously rezoned Edmondson Park (24m) and Rouse Hill (six storeys). To allow these as a precedent for Menangle Park …

A local businessman related how ‘a busload of people in Chinese communist party-style suits‘ turned up to make an offer on a farm …

HOW NAIVE for a Menangle Store Owner to believe he will pick up more business with this ‘influx’ … derr …

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Menangle Park development: Supersize plans have residents fuming over Chinese developer

A sleepy unspoilt village of 250 people on Sydney’s outskirts will be turned into an urban sprawl of 3400 homes despite furious locals and now the Chinese developer wants to add an extra 1850 homes to the $1.5b super suburb.

Clarissa Bye and Angira Bharadwaj, The Daily Telegraph

October 25, 2019

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Drone vision of the land release at Menangle Park

A sleepy unspoilt village of 250 people on Sydney’s outskirts will be turned into an urban sprawl with at least 3400 homes despite furious locals’ claims there is inadequate infrastructure to support such a rapid population boom.

And now Shanghai property developer Dahua Group is seeking to add another 1850 dwellings to that number in its new $1.5 billion housing development slated for Menangle Park.

The developer won the government tender to develop an entirely new suburb in the rolling hills alongside the Hume Highway, 5.5km from Campbelltown’s CBD, with the original agreement for 3400 low to medium-density homes. It was also required to build a new school, community centre, library and retail centre.

An aerial view of Menangle Park, to be developed by Dahua Group Australia.
An aerial view of Menangle Park, to be developed by Dahua Group Australia.

Now Campbelltown Council is considering the company’s new request for 5250 dwellings on the site, and an increase in the gross dwelling density from 12 to 18 homes or units per hectare.

The Chinese company, which has built high-rise units at Green Square and housing at Edmondson has also asked for height limits to be lifted from 15 to 24 metres, to allow for eight-storey buildings in the town centre.

The company’s planning documents say the increased density would be a “more efficient use of land and infrastructure” and “better respond to different cultural and socio-economic needs”.

Only 250 residents currently live in the area, which was rezoned from rural to urban in 2017. The local rail line is not expected be powered by electricity for at least 10 to 20 years.

Retired couple Patricia and Barry Durman live on nearby acreage and strongly oppose the development.

“Our hospital cannot cope,” Mrs Durman said. “The Department of Education has already said our schools are at capacity. We don’t have enough carparking. Everything here is breaking down.

She said turning the local district into a “concrete jungle” was “heartbreaking”.

“They are taking bushland and farming land,” she said.

Dahua has told the council the proposed heights in the town centre were “commensurate” with other town centres at Edmondson Park (24m) and Rouse Hill (six storeys).

The new plans call for 400 apartments, 550 townhouses and 4300 detached dwellings.

The blueprint also include increasing public open spaces, such as sporting fields and parks, from 31.37 hectares to 43.77 hectares, along with building neighbourhood centre next to a new school.

The Menangle store owner Brian Redmond says development will help his business. Picture: Dylan Robinson
The Menangle store owner Brian Redmond says development will help his business. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Menangle resident Brian Smith said the town was not ready for such a population influx. “There’s no infrastructure here. We don’t even have electric trains down this end. We just have diesel trains here,” he said.

Local business owner Steve Wisbey, who has worked in the Camden region for years, said the community was cautious of the Chinese developer’s plans for its turf.

“A lot of the bigger organisations like Dahua Group have been involving themselves in chambers of commerce, community organisations, out there with their marketers,” he said.

*“The community is very cautious. Our neighbours in the area were selling their farm for $1.8-$2 million then a Chinese company came along with a busload of people in Chinese communist party-style suits. About 30 of them got out and walked around the land. And then the neighbour came and told us they had been offered $8m.*

“It’s not going to be a charming little hamlet anymore. It’ll just be another suburb of Campbelltown.”

Barry and Patricia Durman with grandchildren Josh and Jessica Robinson. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Barry and Patricia Durman with grandchildren Josh and Jessica Robinson. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Mr Wisbey said he was also concerned about the loss of fertile land to development: “There is a significant amount of people in our Camden, Wollondilly, Menangle area that are very sad to see this rural lifestyle gone.”

But not all residents are against the prospect of new people in town.

Brian Redmond owns The Menangle Store and said he expects business to pick up with the development.

“The appearance will change but it might change for the better. Instead of the old houses there will be new buildings. It’ll be more positive to me,” he said.

Campbelltown City development director Jim Baldwin said a report on the planning proposal would be tabled for the council to consider.

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/menangle-park-development-supersize-plans-have-residents-fuming-over-chinese-developers/news-story/f82790075300b868341d081bdde289f4

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