Meriton’s Macquarie Park development close to approval

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CAAN Photo: ‘DESTINATION’ Talavera Road, Macquarie Park; Tree Protection Zone; 5 January 2020

OH, what a surprise … this could not have been predicted …

AND what a Charade … it has been …

BECAUSE money laundering means more to fill the coffers of the Stamp Duty Surplus …

and what is in it for them?

For more cracking … energy and water intensive slums

Harry gets what Harry wants … always … a big political donor to the Party

IT is already well underway … “Destination” … for more as they hop off the plane and stay at Harry’s serviced apartments down the road in Talavera Road to finalise the sale

AND this is HT’s reasoning …

The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.

“China has more than 1 billion people, and they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.”

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CAAN Photo: 5 January 2020 ‘Destination’ Talavera Road Macquarie Park

MEANWHILE what has happened to the Inquiry into defective residential apartment development … ? Isn’t the cessation of the Moratorium jumping the gun?

WHAT about a Clerk-of-Works on the job?

WHAT about extending the ‘warranty period’?

ALL one hears now is the propaganda from ‘Your Domain’ … … the softening up … about a cosmopolitan lifestyle … the cafe society …. no more lawn mowing and gardening …

The chat continues with the talk of the need for developers in Sydney to build 3 bedroom plus apartments …

BUT we will flesh out what the developer promotion really means …

… It’s close to the cocooning shocking centre for germs and viruses (as with the ‘Diamond Princess’ recently) …. a visit to the nearby park for a breather with thousands of others

The Strata levy, the lift levy, the pool levy, the hefty fees for the Body Corporate Sinking Fund … in the hope it’s adequate before the inevitable happens …

Then the issues that arise as the development fills up … the AirBnb nextdoor with boozy parties all night … the water leaks down the wall and the carpet is sodden … the basement carpark floods … as people move in they find the bedrooms are not as spacious as depicted on ‘The Plan’ … and that wall wasn’t there … the appointments are not so flash … then the cracks appear …

WHAT happened to the Community Invitation to ‘Have Your Say”? The Ryde Community do not want even more higher density … they did not ask for Rezoning where they livenor were they consulted about the 100% sell-off overseas, and NOR who to!

WHY should RYDE be lumbered with the Manor House too?

Meriton’s Macquarie Park development close to approval

‘Billionaire property developer Harry Triguboff’s giant development which dragged Premier Gladys Berejiklian into court and fuelled a bitter political debate about overdevelopment is one step closer to being approved.’

Ben Pike, Urban Affairs Reporter, The Sunday Telegraph

March 1, 2020


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‘It’s the high-rise so controversial it dragged Premier Gladys Berejiklian into court and fuelled a bitter political debate about overdevelopment.

Now billionaire property developer Harry Triguboff’s plans for four mega towers in Sydney’s north west is one step closer to approval.

The Meriton development for 1270 units in Macquarie Park, the tallest of which is 42 storeys, will be given the tick in the coming days.’

Meriton founder Harry Triguboff.
Meriton founder Harry Triguboff.
Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian.
Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian.

The Berejiklian Government lifted its year-long moratorium on major planning proposals before Ryde Council on 28 February … paving the way for HT …

It was alleged by HT the moratorium was costing Meriton $50,000 per day.

Planning Minister Stokes said the moratorium was a response to community concerns about the gap between housing supply and infrastructure delivery …

BUT Governments know they can never build enough infrastructure to keep pace with mass immigration

Read more:  Australia’s Infrastructure Pipe Dream

DOES it seem that developers have too much say when they continue to claim that the planning process takes too long …?

Meriton's proposed project at Macquarie Park.
Meriton’s proposed project at Macquarie Park.

‘The site rezoning will go to council for technical sign-off then Meriton would then need to submit a DA which then goes to a local planning panel for approval.’

How the 27-storey Meriton tower will look in Talavera Rd.
How the 27-storey Meriton tower will look in Talavera Rd.

construction of a 27-storey tower is already underway

-construction on remainder of the development is at least another year away

-the site is wedged between the M2, Macquarie Centre and the Macquarie University train station

-the tallest of the four towers will reach about 150m high.

Despite the decision, Ryde Liberal MP Victor Dominello said “I will continue fighting against this development”.

“It was a terrible decision by council to support this in the first place and it remains a terrible decision to this day,” Mr Dominello said.

Ryde councillors unanimously supported the initial proposal in 2017 before opposing it a year later.

Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale said “the approval is a betrayal of the planning process”.

“Our community don’t want this, our council doesn’t want this, but under Ms Berejiklian and Mr Dominello, Meriton will once again get their way,” Mr Laxale said.

CAAN: Whose idea was it to market 100% of ‘new homes’ overseas particularly in China? Whose idea was it to rezone Sydney suburbs for higher density? Why was the second tranche of the Anti-money laundering laws shelved for more than 13 years …. ? And how come the Real Estate Gatekeepers are exempt from the AML Laws now since October 2018?

Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale.
Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale.
Ryde Liberal MP Victor Dominello.
Ryde Liberal MP Victor Dominello.

A Meriton spokesman said they are “happy with the positive outcome and look forward to getting on with the project”.

The conclusion of the moratorium means three other major projects in West Ryde and Gladesville will now be considered for approval.