FOURTH TRANCHE for 13 NSW Accelerated Projects for Assessment …

SAID to boost the NSW ECONOMY with more than $4B …

To include the Sydney Tech Precinct at Central Station where Atlassian has plans to build the World’s tallest hybrid timber tower

The rezoning proposal for the southern end of the Sydney CBD has been renamed the Western Gateway to allow buildings of more than 200M high

-a proposal to rezone land in the Blacktown CBD for a $1.1B Western Sydney redevelopment

-plans to improve freight rail access between southern Sydney and Port Botany

-inland freight rail between Sydney and Melbourne

SOME in the community question why the government is not building new Public primary and high schools to meet the growth from the Medium Density Housing

AND question why plans for a $50M Cricket Centre are on the drawing board when there are now more Homeless People

WHY are office towers and hubs proposed when in the midst of the Pandemic people are working from home … and this may continue for years?

MEANWHILE the transport disaster of Green Square, Waterloo and Zetland continues …

READ MORE!

caan.info/30rirmz

VIEW EARLIER REPORTS ON TRANCHES 1 – 3

APRIL 2020 it was revealed that $70 million would be spent on housing infrastructure in Sydney’s north-west and NSW Planning proposed to fast-track significant developments, rezonings and development applications to boost the economy.

VIEW: caan.info/2OzBt4r

More than 76 projects were proposed for fast-tracking … MANY of which had been met with prior community objection.

Bilbergia, Holdmark and Walker Corporation feature in the listing.  Along with Meriton at Little Bay

VIEW: https://caan.info/2OEeyFc

JULY 2020 within the NSW Planning Department a new unit has formed, the Planning Delivery Unit (PDU) to escalate projects by simplifying planning

This is following the recent announcements of Tranche 2, Tranche 3 and the parachuting of the Deputy Executive Director of the developer lobby, the Property Council of Australia (PCA) in NSW, Mr William Power whose responsibility involves fast-tracking the decision making of major projects; some of which were proposed by members of the PCA!!

View:

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/07/02/under-the-cover-of-covid-developments-to-accelerate-through-the-new-pdu/

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/06/23/stokes-denies-a-conflict-of-interest-despite-an-executive-from-the-pca-parachuted-in-to-help-planning-depts-fast-tracking-of-projects/?fbclid=IwAR2r4prSufSz-bUPAcaNkgcvA9_kL3xJAplE400uZXbP9LnETB4KKponuSU

AND acceleration for Tranche 3!

VIEW: https://caan.info/2Conmg0

The Ivanhoe public housing estate is one project which will be fast-tracked.

WHO else apart from Housing Developers want more?

WHO do you believe, apart from developers and NSW INC could be behind the recent Shovel-ready projects, and the introduction of the Medium-Density Housing Code?  …

The Sydney Business Chamber … no less!

The Chamber has been buoyed by the NSW Planning reforms stemming from the Pandemic however, it seems, they propose to accelerate the process to change Sydney’s planning and land use to their liking!

We understood that Red Tape had already been cut .. but the Chamber proposes further cuts to Red Tape and:

-to reduce assessment and development timelines

-to enable better use of public space

-to allow businesses to operate outside ‘normal’ hours

The Chamber proposes … what we believe we have heard before … for ‘a more flexible, performance based, planning system focused on the key outcomes like urban design, amenity and public benefit.’

Despite the high population growth through not only immigration but visa manipulation resulting in a huge demographic change, and loss of Australian heritage, and culture the Chamber alleges that the planning system and land use remains rooted in the past. 

How can this be so when our suburbs have been rezoned for higher density of high-rise precincts, and now the Medium-Density Housing Code has been introduced as of 1 July 2020?

Further, the Chamber alleges that the difficulties with the NSW Planning system arise from:

‘inputs’ – zoning, height limits, floor space ratios etc

-less on the outputs.

Further, that it does not assure well designed new development.

It appears to have overlooked the intervention of the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Taskforce, the Real Estate Institute … to name but a few! The Chamber proposes realignment of land use and development controls from a Red Tape focus on inputs to an outcomes-based system to drive good development with better land use … storey upon storey … there’s a motza to be made …

They refer to the Sydney CBD as an example of having more flexible zoning controls, allowing for taller developments and higher density

Does this mean the Chamber having had a ta$te of the immense growth from the development boom when government and local council revenues flourished that they want more Precincts and CBD-style development?

To revive this they propose a broad-based land tax, and increased council rates having been capped for more than 50 years.

It appears that once again Sydneysiders are to be hit for the cost of more local infrastructure it is alleged due to the CoronaVirus with more working locally …

We thought that those still employed were in fact working from home …

And with the call for the extension of JobKeeper and JobSeeker where does the Chamber figure Sydney households will have the means to meet council rate increases?

Read more!

SOURCE:   https://www.thechamber.com.au/Media/Time-to-Capitalise-on-COVID-Driven-Planning-Reform

The full report:  https://www.thechamber.com.au/getattachment/3d13e887-3921-45df-bef3-74ea15de6d84/GREAT-CITIES-DO-NOT-HAPPEN-BY-CHANCE-Now-is-the-Time-to-Make-Planning-and-Land-Use-a-Fit-for-Purpose.pdf.aspx?lang=en-AU&fbclid=IwAR2m1GinomD2RQ6oBgRvKqgQksD2R4efLDXvaKiWIevO0mGqVxgJCNc-w3s

Related article:

Local Councils should follow State’s lead on fast-tracking projectsL

https://www.thechamber.com.au/Media/Local-Councils-should-follow-State%E2%80%99s-lead-on-fast

CAAN Photo February 2020 Sydney CBD

Developers Bypass DA with Complying Development for Medium Density Housing

CAAN Photo; Example of a Mid Century low-rise cottage in a garden setting … imagine a concrete cavern of a duplex like this nextdoor? Or 10 Townhouses … as previously featured on CAAN Facebook!

CAAN Photo: An ugly oversized development forward of the setback; out of character …

‘The Medium-Density Housing Code’ has been rebadged to be known as the ‘Low Rise Housing Diversity Code’ and the ‘Low Rise Housing Diversity Design Guide’

BECAUSE, if, as Planning Minister Stokes has said that ‘the code allowed for well-designed “missing middle” housing to be determined through a complying development code ‘

LET’S hope this will be ‘a miracle‘ that will wave a magic wand over Sydney because until now we have not been seeing it! But rather massive over-sized fugly developments … built forward of the setback … much higher than their two-storey neighbours … too close to fences … and out of character!

LOW RISE MID CENTURY COTTAGE

CAAN Photo: Picture this gorgeous low-rise Mid Century cottage with a ‘Manor House’ imposed upon it nextdoor … forward of its setback … up too close for comfort … occupying most of the building block … gone are the trees and garden … and now in shade from something like this Manor House!

THE MANOR HOUSE

CAAN Photo: a new Manor House as proposed for the Ryde LGA. What is missing from ‘the Missing Middle’ are trees and gardens. This one is built onto the street at the side and close to the street at the front. One could imagine design perhaps? Narrow access to underground parking at the rear to impose upon its neighbour …

DATING back to June 2016 we found a proposal from the Planning Institute of Australia for well-designed missing middle housing. The PIA regarded the delivery of a wider diversity and increased supply of medium density housing stock in the right locations as important for managing ‘population growth, housing affordability and addressing future housing needs as set out in their National Housing Position Statement … ‘

View:

htps://www.planning.org.au/policy/Housing-0616

The PIA went further to propose that the initiatives should seek to:

-improve the range of housing choice;

· improve design quality;

· reduce approval process time and development risks;

· address affordability; and

· offer incentives to locate denser housing in accessible and high amenity areas.

The thrust of the policy responds to the increasingly diverse lifestyles and housing needs of our major urban areas, including smaller household sizes and an aging population.

TODAY in the SMH Mr Stokes is reported as saying the code allowed for well-designed “missing-middle” housing to be determined through a code for complying development in local government areas previously zoned for medium density!

IT might be a good idea to email your concerns to the NSW Planning Minister and local MPs …

https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/members/Pages/all-members.aspx

READ MORE!

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-rules-leave-sydney-homeowners-fearing-late-notice-on-developments-20200702-p558eh.html

The Western Sydney Aerotropolis

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor

THE WESTERN SYDNEY AEROTROPOLIS

the new city, surrounding the under-construction Nancy-Bird Walton Airport, will include commercial, agricultural, industrial and residential development and is targeting tech-centric aerospace and defence companies as well as advanced manufacturers and agribusinesses.

The site has been divided into ten precincts, with three key precincts—the Aerotropolis Core, Northern Gateway and South Creek—identified by the government as offering the greatest growth potential.

IN NUMBERS

• 11,200 hectares underpinned by a 20-year agreement
• Six initial precincts to be developed during the coming years
• Four additional precincts to be rezoned
• 12.2 million visitors expected annually
• 200,000 new jobs projected
• Predicted to become Australia’s third-largest economy by 2036

READ MORE!

Is Australia set to offer Hongkongers Visas?

IS Australia set to offer HongKongers Visas? Will the Protesters get a look-in?

SHARE the following comment because we too were equally alarmed!

How many, or would that be ‘how few Hong Kong Protesters’ would be offered these Tiananmen Visas … as they are bundled off to gaol ??

SELECTED COMMENT ON THE SMH REPORT:

From MB

“Coalition hard right arch conservative backbencher, Kevin Andrews was on the ABC spruiking this thought bubble and I was gobsmacked at the logistical and economic consequences of his delusions.

He quoted a figure of 100,000 to 200,000 young Hong Kongers coming to Australia where they would be able to ‘go to university’ and enjoy the warmth of Australian compassion for refugees of all ethnicities and religions.

Fanciful stuff during a pandemic travel embargo, and where foreign students are expected to pay upfront and be able to support themselves and where there is an unemployment explosion amongst young people here in Australia.

The rich older folk with British passports could go to England, and if you read the Chinese Global Times, this move will be another nail in the coffin on any Australian economic recovery.

READ MORE!

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1193822.shtml

Why do they keep shooting themselves in the foot when they haven’t shown any compassion for refugees from other parts of the world in much greater need and when Andrews as Immigration Minister cut the intake of refugees from African countries because ‘some groups don’t seem to be settling in and adjusting to the Australian way of life.’

“AND … this is what CAAN wrote about this outrageous proposal!

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/07/07/why-should-the-morrison-govt-lure-hnw-from-hong-kong-on-the-say-so-of-a-wealth-manager/?fbclid=IwAR2SHUs7Ni1qbji-eWxb1Mq9W5d2tjGocCLyhGL51YPsOfub1iN86HpLxCg

VIEW today’s report in the SMH:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/australia-poised-to-offer-tiananmen-style-visas-to-hongkongers-20200708-p55a5j.html#comments

Why Should the Morrison Govt lure HNW from Hong Kong on the Say-So of a Wealth Manager?

Haven’t we had enough of this Hedley and Eslake ‘lot’ who never seem to give up on calling for ever more immigration?  Why?  What is in it for them?

What are the sources of these Hong Kong ‘Millions of dollars in investment’?  How much of which are in fact ‘Black Money’?  Where is the proof of their sources?  How restrictive are Australia’s Visa laws?  It would seem they are anything but! 

Prior to the Pandemic ‘Permanent Residency’ appeared to be a Growth Industry with a large range of Visas facilitating this not only for the Entrepreneurs but for Visa workers which has led to the lowest wages growth for 60 years, high unemployment and underemployment at 19.7% prior to the Pandemic! 

At the same time there were 2.4 Million Visa holders in Australia … many of whom were here on Real Estate tours … and looking to gain permanent residency … so it would appear the cut to permanent migration to 160,000 was of little consequence?

AND it appears this has led to another growth industry for those on the AFR Rich List becoming Richer!

There are more than 200 of them so why do we need to import more?  Why can’t they develop more start-ups? And create jobs for Australians with incomes that generate spending power to boost our economy?

Why not bring back the inter-active digital media development blocked by the Abbott Government?  It has proved to be very profitable overseas … why not here? Invest in R & D … manufacturing … renewables?

Is Hedley ignoring that in Melbourne there is a second wave of Covid?  That the Andrews government proposes to lock down more! 

World-wide the Pandemic has not been deterred!  So how can opening the migration and visa manipulation floodgates be warranted?

Hedley concedes there is a humanitarian aspect … that they should be provided with a safety net, and in the next breath talks about targeting entrepreneurs  … despite COVID-19 … and often the 14 day quarantine has proven inadequate …

Eslake is quoted saying ‘about three quarters of our growth in the last five years has come from population growth’

BUT what Eslake has overlooked is at the cost to State and local governments and the Australian people as revealed in this report from Macro Business!

Search for:

‘A Big Australia means more expensive everything’!

This report reveals that the Federal Government collects some 80% of the tax revenue’.

However, the ancillary costs of the growth in population are shifted to the state and local governments, and households!

With …

-the escalation of house prices

-the increased cost of infrastructure and services

-the balance of trade with the revenue from exports of minerals and agricultural products v. growth of importation of construction materials and consumer goods

-the cost to households of desal plants, toll road tunnels

-state governments sell off public assets to private monopolies to raise the $ for more infrastructure

-increased costs for the incumbents with tolls, user-pays charges etc

.It appears the mineral bonanza comes as a poor second!

Is the high immigration and visa manipulation another verse in the ‘Trickle Down Economy Song Sheet’?

Are the statements from Hedley and Eslake perhaps rooted in a desire to embrace a wider agenda validating a pedagogy of growth … no matter what it costs?

DO they ever consider

-sustainability?

-the finite nature of the earth’s resources?

That life for them is really only about trade … is this all we ought to look forward to, and that we will fall into poverty should it not prevail unhindered?

With Hedley it seems we get the same old Mantra that there is always another pot of gold to be had … though how true it is when the numbers are actually small. 

Interestingly, the age-old tactic of alerting us to the possibility we may miss out … be left behind … how could we let this happen? …

Are what they appear to be – crude calls from the sidelines.

What about asking how legitimate is this wealth? 

Are there measures in place to validate it has been sourced from real endeavours in no way associated with the ‘darker sides of life’ in foreign locations?

These bursts of wisdom need to be put to the test.  It is as if we all need to be convinced it is okay to have people knocking at our door because they have fat wallets and deep pockets … that somehow it is all legitimate … no harm … no costs are generated by boundless population growth while at the same time anyone who dares to critique these so-called truisms are quickly labelled as xenophobic or racist. 

Is this designed to shut down debate smartly?  Read more!

Gov should entice HK Investors to move to Australia says Wealth Manager

CAAN Photo: 188C Significant Investor Visa

Catch-Up on the Morrison Government from Michael Pascoe and Others at The New Daily!

Exit Mathias Cormann, the facilitator

How to fuel an economic disaster: A beginner’s guide in 3 easy steps

Beware the government punishing the poor for earning more

How to win an Australian election with one weapon: Memes

Sellergate of the Housing Commission ‘Sirius’ to an Overseas Enigma … the Billionaires and Mark Carnegie

Sellergate of the ‘Sirius’ …

Through research the Herald can expose that the ‘new owner’ of the Sirius is a Mr Huynh who has links to Vietnamese billionaires and …  Mark Carnegie …

… 12 months have elapsed and still no answers to questions about government probity checks on the sale of what was Our Public Housing ….

DUE DILIGENCE carried out by the NSW Government consisted of:

Google searches for media reports or ICAC inquiries … buying a credit risk report and asking Fair Trading if it had complaints about Mr Huynh

MEANWHILE Mr Huynh has come from a middle class upbringing to a mansion on the Vaucluse waterfront!

The Sirius was marketed as Sydney’s ‘most valuable land’!

Aoyuan International and Danny Avidan competed with Huynh who won out!

The Government referred questions to JDH Capital who declined to comment …

Little has been uncovered about either Huynh or JDH Capital, and it is not known who will finance redevelopment of the Sirius

WHY have government documents released under FOI been redacted?

However, the government has arranged a delayed settlement for money to change hands …

It would appear convenient that with no requirement from Vietnam to disclose private company interests that it is difficult to find out about the business dealings of Mr Huynh’s extended family …

WHY has the Government withheld key documents?  It alleges that release of information could ‘prejudice’ the finalisation of the sale.  Why?

WHY IS Huynh unable to reveal the ‘investors’ in the Sirius redevelopment?

Why are there strict confidentiality obligations with the ‘seller’ of what was a publicly owned building?

READ MORE!  AND SHARE!https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sirius-building-s-150m-mystery-buyer-linked-to-vietnamese-billionaires-20200625-p5566s.html#comments

WHO and How of the FML …

HIGHER DENSITY AND OVERDEVELOPMENT … Who for?

CAAN Photo: WeChat through which Real Estate Agents access the World Market particularly China

AUSTRALIAN HOUSING has been marketed strongly to foreign buyers! It is only due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic that there has been any letup!

THIS SELL-OUT has come about due to lobbying from developer lobby groups including the Property Council of Australia and in NSW the UrbanTaskforce to enable this sector to sell 100% of new homes to foreign buyers through the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) ruling of 2008/09

-before entering politics Scott Morrison wrote the policy for the PCA!

Following some 12 years or so with the second Tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws being shelved, the Morrison Government in October 2018 exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from these laws!

That is Real Estate Agents, Lawyers, Accountants, and Conveyancers …

so that ‘Black Money‘ is awash in Australia’s Real Estate Market!

Making way for fugly development like these that have robbed established communities of their rights, and amenity … the loss of Sydney’s urban bushlands, and what they paid for!

CAAN Photo: Castle Hill with residential towers looming over neighbouring cottages, family homes … more of these happening enabled by the expansion of the Hong Kong Metro!
CAAN Photo: Crane Road a precinct where there were family homes with reports from former home owners that the developers were underhand; that these people within 6 months were unable to buy back into Castle Hill and had to move away!
CAAN Photo: Ivanhoe Estate, Macquarie Park Public Housing at 25 years of age was doomed for demolition to make way for two thirds private redevelopment and one third social housing
CAAN Photo; Ivanhoe estate neighbouring development Neue by Coli and Parkview; high rise residential taking over what was a Business and IT Park. Walk-up apartments too are being redeveloped for high-rise which will mean the loss of the urban bushlands in Macquarie Park.

CAAN Photo: fugly development of duplex, terraces and townhouses like this with ‘Exempt and Complying Development’ the community has no say! Built forward of the setback; up close and personal with loss of privacy (amenity) oversized to tower over its neighbours.

WESTCONNEX TENTACLES …

CAAN Photo: Westconnex tunnelling its way across Sydney … this is Rozelle

The destruction of homes, businesses, parks, social infrastructure and people’s lives by the Westconnex Toll Road Network with its toxic tunnels, stacks and tolls now owned by Transurban

Read more:

‘Sydney’s growing toll road network world’s most extensive and expensive, experts say’

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/sydney-has-most-toll-roads-in-the-world/10845944?nw=0

WINDSOR … the RMS … and the destruction of Heritage!

No photo description available.
Photo: Rally October 2018 To Save Thompson Square and Windsor Bridge

VIEW CAWB and HERITAGE ACT Facebook Pages for photos that reveal the destruction of Our Nation’s Colonial and Aboriginal Heritage! With much loss of amenity for the local community … the industrialisation of a beautiful Heritage Town, Windsor!

AND MUCH MORE! like CAAN Facebook … Search our Website to find out more … and then tell others!

LIKE CAAN ON FACEBOOK!

https://www.facebook.com/Community-Action-Alliance-for-NSW-744190798994541/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE:

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.wordpress.com/

What now for Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum and Parramatta’s Heritage?

The elation was short and sweet …

PLEASE SHARE TO START THE CONVERSATION …

THE NSW UPPER HOUSE will continue with its Inquiry into the Berejiklian Government proposed move for the POWERHOUSE MUSEUM from Ultimo despite the alleged ‘Backflip’ …

BECAUSE there are unanswered questions … for starters …

WAS this announcement a ‘craven political fix’ due to Berejiklian’s support for Don Harwin?

WHY was $46M spent on consultants yet not one job was created?

WILL this government ensure that the Powerhouse’s collection of very large exhibits including Locomotive No. 1 and others from the steam age will remain within the Ultimo Powerhouse?

WILL this government grant the ample funding necessary for renewal of this Powerhouse?

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/culture/art-and-design/powerhouse-ultimo-wing-tipped-for-fashion-design-precinct-20200704-p558yi.html

A CAAN COMMENTATOR RAISES FURTHER ISSUES  …

This LNP Government have taught us that we should pay attention to the details in their crafted statements!

Remember they said that Parramatta deserved a ‘museum’ because it is the geographical centre of Sydney.

-with the largest growing population

Recently this government changed tack … that Parramatta deserved a ‘cultural’ venue.

Regardless of the heinous proposal for the loss of Our Parramatta Heritage through the demolition of ‘Willow Grove’ and the ‘St George Terraces’ for a ‘Yet to be proven cultural venue’

WHY isn’t the Berejiklian Government operating to ensure Public-focused priorities?

  • Back to the “win” for Ultimo, just carefully consider the following:

“…the Australian newspaper says:

‘Despite years of defending the project as worthy of public spending, Ms Berejiklian will announce on Saturday that the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences will remain at its current site in inner-city Ultimo while a new “state of the art facility will be planned for western Sydney.”

“… WHILE …”

Folks, Ultimo is NOT SAVED. It’s a stay of execution.

Sorry, but this CABAL won’t give up!

This has been a game of chess.

Watch out for their moves in Lands and Planning.

WILL they be breaking up the Ultimo site so that they can sell it off BIT BY BIT?

This will happen AS the “cultural” venue is being built!

We CANNOT STOP fighting until we see the ink dry on the page!!!

From the “Consultation” held last Thursday night by The Project Team

PHONE: 1800 679 121

Powerhouse.Parramatta@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au

The question WAS asked about the possibility of changes to the design in order to save Willow Grove and St George’s Terraces.

Infrastructure NSW responded and stated that there was some flexibility in the design in the lower floors of open space but NOT in the design in order to save our Heritage buildings.

CULTURAL SPACE IS NOT THE SAME AS HERITAGE SPACE!!!

Listen to his EVASIVE responses 🤨

He used the word “right now”!

Community Activists DID NOT FACTOR IN the LNP Government backdown!

The Discovery Centre will be open to the Public but NOT as a museum.

Powerhouse Museum CEO Lisa Havilah has said that the main role will be for staging and coordinating exhibitions.

Politicians are elected to make decisions 🤨 – irrespective of ADVICE from the PUBLIC SERVICE

Or …

After watching their press conference, perhaps this announcement is being made to distract the Public from wondering why Don Harwin is back😒 ?

How can the $1000.00 fine be withdrawn? ... What would you call that?  🤨

A FURTHER QUESTION ARISES …

Who are the members of the Cabal?

SHARE!