WHY has this come about? WHAT is at the core of this injustice of substratum acquisition … with no compensation?

WHAT has created the demand for WestCONnex and its tentacles Sydney-wide?

DOES the answer lie with the HOUSING PONZI … and their Overseas Market luring foreign buyers … millions of them … with not only a home but a ‘Permanent Resident Visa’ … creating the demand for more INFRASTRUCTURE …. of Toll Roads, the Sydney Metro, Hospitals, Schools … and State Governments that can compulsorily acquire properties in the path of the infrastructure?

Related Article about 10 Developers … among those who have benefited enormously … building to meet the foreign buyer demand creating the need for more infrastructure … at the core of this community injustice …

‘FOOTPRINTS left across the Suburbs by the Concrete Kings of Sydney’

Why not everyone who has their land compulsorily purchased gets compensation

7.30 By Carrington Clarke

Updated 17 FEBRUARY 2020

A large construction site with trucks, cranes and earth-moving vehicles.

PHOTO: The WestConnex construction site at Rozelle. (ABC News: Myles Wearring)

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Australia is currently in the midst of the biggest infrastructure spend in its history.

Key points:

  • Governments are compulsorily acquiring land and property rights to make way for massive infrastructure projects
  • Community groups using public land feel their concerns are not being heard
  • People subject to substratum acquisition due to tunnelling say they are not being compensated

To make way for the massive projects, governments across the country are using their powers to compulsorily acquire properties.

But what the government wants to acquire can make a huge difference to the outcome for those affected.

“If Daryl Kerrigan in The Castle had been fighting a state and not the Commonwealth to get his property protected, he would have lost,” constitutional lawyer George Williams told 7.30.

And many of those people who are being forced to sell say the current rules are unfair.

Golf course could be slashed in half

Man in a brown cap in front of a sign for Camberwell Golf Club

PHOTO: Brian Bourke, Camberwell Golf Club president (ABC News: Laura Kewley)

Bruce Bourke has been a member of the Camberwell Golf Club for 20 years, and the president for seven.

“My wife tells me I come here too often,” he told 7.30.

“I play Mondays and Thursdays regularly and so I’m at the course a lot. I see what a fantastic public facility it is.

The club plays on the public Freeway Golf Course in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs.

It has been around for nearly 50 years as an 18-hole course, but its future is under threat.

The Victorian Government’s $15.8 billion North East Link is a massive toll road meant to ease traffic congestion.

The new road will acquire 36 homes and more than 100 businesses, and its path could carve through part of the golf course.

Mr Bourke said that would be a huge blow.

“There is no doubt that if this course was reduced from 18 to nine holes, we would lose membership,” he said.

“It’s been confirmed by our members themselves.”

‘Do you think we’d be under this pressure if this was a private golf club?’

An aerial artist impression of road on-ramps and off-ramps connecting traffic to the proposed Eastern Freeway interchange.

PHOTO: An artist’s impression of part of the North East Link project, with the Freeway Gold Course on the left. (Supplied: Victorian Government)

State governments have broad powers to compulsorily acquire land to build infrastructure.

The governments decide the amount of compensation that needs to be paid, but generally it’s based on market rates.

For public land, used by the community, that is a hard thing to determine.

“We’re nestled amongst private golf clubs,” Mr Bourke said.

“Do you really think we’d be under this sort of pressure if this was a private golf club?

“It’s a public golf club, and so a lot of the people that play this course regularly are not getting a say in the process that’s happening.”

North East Link CEO Duncan Elliott said the project’s planners had tried to minimise the number of acquisitions needed.

“It’s necessary to acquire part of the Freeway Golf Course because this is a project that’s being delivered in an area that’s been already built up,” he told 7.30.

“It’s a very complex project, linking two of Melbourne’s biggest freeways. And there are complicated areas in the project where we need to go outside existing road reserves to make sure the project can work.

“So, people understand that impact, but they obviously expect that people are fairly treated and looked after.”

When the government takes control of the land under your house

A woman stands in her backyard surrounded by plants and trees.

PHOTO: Christine Allibone-White in her Rozelle backyard with the WestConnex construction site in the background. (ABC News: Myles Wearring)

Medical practice manager Christine Allibone-White has lived in the inner west Sydney suburb of Rozelle for more than 25 years.

*“We first moved here because it was like a village feel, the park and everything,” she told 7.30.

“It was really close to the city and it just had a really lovely community feel and the kids have all been born here.

*“There’s a lot of people who stay here for a very long time. There’s people in the street who have lived here for 70 years.

*”It’s just a really nice neighbourhood.”

But that community feel is now under threat.

Rozelle is surrounded by a huge amount of construction, with the WestConnex toll road project cutting past and into the suburb.

*Two of the planned tunnels for the project will go right under Ms Allibone-White’s house. *

WestConnex explained: The policy and politics surrounding the Sydney motorway

WestConnex explained: The policy and politics surrounding the Sydney motorway

The WestConnex motorway is Sydney’s biggest infrastructure project since the Harbour Bridge.

“They’re going to be acquiring land greater than five metres under our property,” she said

“It’s a bit of an unknown quantity.

“When you’re living in a house that is your home, it’s your major investment, it’s concerning.

“It’s like sort of throwing it out for misuse or for use by somebody else, and you’re not in control.”

People might feel a land title means they own all the land from the surface to the sky and to the centre of the Earth. But state governments can take away those rights.

*In order to tunnel under someone’s property, the government can unilaterally change the deed to the property to take ownership of the land below. *

It is known as “substratum acquisition”.

It is what has happened to Ms Allibone-White, without any offer of compensation.

“There’s just a blanket rule,” she said.

“It’s like, we don’t pay compensation, so we’re not looking at it. It’s not happening.”

She is not expecting millions of dollars, but she thinks there should at least be something.

“I don’t think that’s good enough,” she said.

“I think there should be some acknowledgement that this is affecting your home, it’s affecting your major investment.”

Rights deemed to have zero market value

A big underground road.

PHOTO: One of the many tunnels being constructed as part of the WestConnex project. (ABC News: Jackson Vernon)

Lawyer Jessica Rippon said it was very difficult to see the government deciding to pay compensation for substratum acquisitions.

“The situation of substratum is quite different to when land or businesses are being acquired,” she told 7.30.

“In those circumstances, the government spends six months negotiating what they say is market value for that land or that business.

“When it comes to substratum, however, it’s been decided, rightly or wrongly, that the market value is zero.”

Ms Rippon said governments would usually only pay compensation if the infrastructure works damaged the surface of the land, or the buildings on it.

“Once title is changed, you do not own it anymore,” she explained.

“However, if the work that is subsequently carried out causes subsidence or any other damage — cracks, for example — it’s very common then that the government will step in and the contractor will make good the damage.”

*In a statement to 7.30, Transport for NSW said the infrastructure projects planned and underway would help shape NSW’s cities and communities.

“The NSW Government makes every effort to avoid the need to acquire private property. However, in some cases, there is unfortunately no alternative,” the statement said.

Commonwealth vs states

MCU of George Williams outside in front of lawn and gardens, wearing a light blue shirt.

PHOTO: George Williams says people have more defined rights in compulsory acquisition under Commonwealth law. (ABC News)

Rules governing compensation are dependent on individual state legislation, not national rules.

*“The states are quite capable of acquiring somebody’s property without giving a cent in compensation,” constitutional expert George Williams said.

“Their constitutions place no restrictions in that regard.

“But of course, what they have done is they put self-restraint in place. They do often give compensation because they choose to do so, not because they’re compelled to do so.”

But the Commonwealth is subject to greater regulation.

*“The Commonwealth is subject to a very clear restriction — it can only acquire property where it gives just terms,” Mr Williams said.

“There have been many court cases in the High Court enforcing that right.

“So, if the Commonwealth takes your property, you are forced to get their compensation.

“On the other hand, if it’s a state, you’ve got a hope that they treat you fairly.

“A consequence of Australia’s system is if Daryl Kerrigan in The Castle had been fighting a state and not the Commonwealth to get his property protected, he would have lost, and that’s because the states have no requirement to give compensation.

“It’s only the Commonwealth that he could have successfully sued in the High Court.”




PROPERTIES to be Acquired for $1.8B Motorway to Western Sydney Airport


About 40 properties will be fully or partially acquired and 74 hectares of native vegetation bulldozed for construction of a $1.8 billion motorway to the new Western Sydney Airport.

That’s the humdinger … the stand-out example of utter contempt for SydneySiders, isn’t it? To get out of the way for ‘progress’ … for ‘Vibrants’

PERHAPS even worse for some with the M12 cutting across their properties?

Just like the WestCONnex and NorthCONnex victims either robbed of the Market Value of their properties or strangled by the Motorway at their doorstep!

TO create a thermal mass wasteland … it’s all about those ‘foreign buyers’ particularly from China … their interests and allowing them to park their ‘black money’ in more Sydney slums …

As SydneySiders lose wildlife corridors and urban fringe foodbowl … our food security!

SCROLL down this article to find out more about the Planning Minister’s powers … this was introduced in the term of former Planning Minister Roberts:

Properties to be acquired for $1.8b motorway to new Sydney airport

By Matt O’Sullivan

October 16, 2019

About 40 properties will be fully or partially acquired and 74 hectares of native vegetation bulldozed for construction of a $1.8 billion motorway to the new Western Sydney Airport.

Construction of the 16-kilometre M12 motorway is due to start in 2022 and be completed by 2025, about a year before the $5 billion airport at Badgerys Creek is scheduled to open.

The estimated cost of the project has already risen by more than $400 million to $1.8 billion due to an increase in land values around the site of the airport.

The M12 motorway will offer motorists a direct link to the new airport at Badgerys Creek.Photo: Peter Rae

The federal government included an extra $405 million for the motorway in the Budget in April, taking its funding to $1.45 billion. The remaining $350 million for the M12 will come from the state government.

The Herald revealed in January that the state’s transport agency had been investigating options to either reduce the scope of the project or secure extra funding after putting the cost at $1.38 billion – $130 million above what had then been committed by the two governments.

*The state government released an environmental report for the M12 on Wednesday that showed 36 properties will be partially acquired, and five fully, for the motorway. Most of the properties are farms or orchards. Temporary leases of land will also be needed during construction.

New M12 motorway for Western Sydney Airport


Source: RMS

*The report says about 74 hectares of native vegetation is expected to be dug up for the motorway, including about 1.85 hectares of an existing bio-banking site within Western Sydney Parklands. The state’s bio-banking scheme is intended to offset the loss of biodiversity, including threatened species.

In all, the project is set to impact about 90 hectares of land within the 5280-hectare Western Sydney Parklands, including bush land, walking tracks and the Wylde mountain bike trail.

The state’s roads agency is working with the trust overseeing the parklands on a replacement mountain bike trail.

Penrith City Council mayor Ross Fowler said the route chosen would probably have the least impact of those considered for the M12 motorway over the past few years.



Cost of motorway to Sydney’s new airport risks blowing out

“It was always going to have an impact somewhere and hopefully this is the one that has the least impact on the population,” he said. “It is a much needed piece of infrastructure.”

The new motorway, which will be two lanes in either direction and not be tolled, will link the M7 at Cecil Hills to the Northern Road at Luddenham and offer motorists direct access to the airport.

While traffic on roads in the wider area will generally be improved as a result of the project, the report said the motorway may lead to an increase in travel times for motorists on the M7 motorway in the morning peak, mostly due to extra vehicles merging from the M12 at an interchange.

“This merging would generate localised delays, particularly in the northbound direction,” it said.

Travel times on the Northern Road from Elizabeth Drive, northbound to the M4 motorway, will also increase due to motorists driving from Western Sydney Airport using the M12 and the Northern Road to travel north in the evenings.

Western Sydney’s population is forecast to rise from two million today to three million by 2036 – or an average of 50,000 extra residents each year – which will pile pressure on roads such as the M12 and other transport in the area.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the state was working with the the federal government to ensure that road and transport infrastructure was in place to better connect the region to the rest of Sydney before the first plane takes off at the new airport.




The development of a new WESTS TIGERS CLUB in BALMAIN is pushing ahead, but its future is uncertain

YESTERDAY we were notified that there was barrier fencing erected to the frontage of homes on Victoria Road … downside of the club to the Iron Cove bridge!

HAS the NSW Govt snatched up the site for the Western Harbour Tunnel … and not tellin’? Land amalgamation and compulsory acquisition?


The development of a new Wests Tigers club in Balmain is pushing ahead, but its future is uncertain

The developers of the former Balmain Leagues Club in Rozelle have submitted a new proposal for a Wests club but the State government might still snatch it up for the Western Harbour Tunnel.

Joanna Panagopoulos, Inner West Courier

August 30, 2019

Inside the derelict Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle, left derelict since 2009. Heworth have submitted a fresh development plan but the site may still be acquired by the State government for the Western Harbour Tunnel. Picture: John Appleyard
Inside the derelict Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle, left derelict since 2009. Heworth have submitted a fresh development plan but the site may still be acquired by the State government for the Western Harbour Tunnel. Picture: John Appleyard

Long-held plans for a new Leagues Club could be over

Poor turnout to save Tigers club in Balmain

The development of the former Balmain Leagues Club is roaring ahead but the State Government will still not say whether they will use the site in the construction of the Western Harbour Tunnel.

Developers Heworth submitted an amended development application for the former Balmain Leagues Club last week after a Development Control Plan was approved on June 25. If the council-supported amendments are accepted by the state government, the development will go ahead.

A $135 million proposal to redevelop the abandoned Victoria Road block will include 173 apartments, shops and a new 3010sq m Wests Club.

Concept image showing what the redeveloped Balmain Tigers Leagues Club will look like. Picture: Grant Leslie Photography
Concept image showing what the redeveloped Balmain Tigers Leagues Club will look like. Picture: Grant Leslie Photography
Drawn plans for the redevelopment of the Balmain Leagues Club site.
Drawn plans for the redevelopment of the Balmain Leagues Club site.

West’s Ashfield CEO Sam Cook said whether the club be called Wests Tigers or Balmain Leagues is a decision to be made with member-input at a later date.

Additionally, a date has been set for the historic merger between Wests Ashfield and Balmain Leagues club.

The clubs have called an extraordinary meeting at Balmain Town Hall on September 18 and West’s Ashfield Club on September 19, where the members of the respective clubs have been asked to vote on the amalgamation.

The Balmain Leagues Club has 12,000 members, while Wests Ashfield has 36,000 members.

If endorsed by the majority of members, Balmain will unite with Wests, and all stakeholders will exist under the umbrella ‘Wests’.

Inside the old Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle, left derelict since 2009. Picture: John Appleyard
Inside the old Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle, left derelict since 2009. Picture: John Appleyard

However, a spokesman from Transport for NSW gave the same response they did almost two months ago.

The spokesman said:

*“Transport for NSW has commenced discussions with a number of parties regarding the potential use of various sites to support the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel project.”

This includes the “temporary use” of the former Balmain Leagues Club during construction, the spokesman said.

Heworth Managing Director Brian Hood said: “We lodged an amended DA last week in line with the revised DCP.”

“(The State government) have been very quiet,” he said.

“Our advice remains, just keep going as though nothing’s happening.”

Managing Director of Heworth Brian Hood opens the gate to the Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle. Picture: John Appleyard
Managing Director of Heworth Brian Hood opens the gate to the Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle. Picture: John Appleyard

Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne, who helped negotiate the agreement between Wests Ashfield and Balmain, is positive about the merger.

“The merger between both clubs will be a historic step that would unify all shareholders in Wests Tigers into the future,” he said

This includes a new home for the West Tigers Leagues Club in Balmain, which was supported by Heworth as a term of the proposed merger.

Although it won’t hold the Balmain name, it will keep a Wests presence in the area, and help fund junior Balmain Tigers Rugby League clubs.

*“(But) the very survival of the Tigers depends on preventing the State Government from snatching this site. The compulsory acquisition of the property would leave the Tigers without a home or cent of compensation,” Cr Byrne said.*

Wests Leagues Club at Ashfield. Picture: Annika Enderborg
Wests Leagues Club at Ashfield. Picture: Annika Enderborg

“We have done everything in our power to ensure the best outcome for the former Balmain Leagues Club, now it’s over to the State Government to do the right thing and cancel plans to acquire the site.”

#Only about 20 people turned up to a public meeting in July to try and stop the Balmain Leagues Club from becoming a tunnelling site



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Photo: The New Daily: WestConnex

BECAUSE … Sydney and Melbourne have already been built … the cost of compulsorily acquiring land … despite being below market value … and tunnelling is prohibitively expensive as detailed in this report

-the cost is borne by Australians through user-pays fees or taxation

WITH the Top End of Town ‘Big Australia’ … the infrastructure investment cannot be met!

THIS absurdity appears to have sprouted from those orchestrating to make ‘a pile’ out of ‘the others’ … !

Why Australian infrastructure is so expensive

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy

August 5, 2019 | 12 comments

Allens partner David Donnelly has warned that tunnels are the most vulnerable to cost increases and delays and pose the biggest risk to Australia’s $288 billion infrastructure boom:

Tunnels are considered the most risky projects, followed by rail then roads.

Costs on the $11 billion Melbourne Metro project, which tunnels under Melbourne’s CBD, have been rumoured to already have blown out by as much as $2 billion, partially due to the scope of the project being widened and unexpected technical risks.

Mr Donnelly said respondents were worried about the concentration of projects in transport and in the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, where tens of billions of dollars are being spent on new tunnels for metros and motorways, including the Sydney Metro and Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel tollroad…

Governments should consider rebalancing the infrastructure pipeline towards social infrastructure such as school and hospital projects, which carry less risks of cost increases and delays than transport projects, he said.

In already built-out cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the cost of retrofitting new infrastructure to accommodate greater population densities is prohibitively expensive because of the need for land buy-backs, tunnelling, as well as disruptions to existing infrastructure. These are what economists call ‘dis-economies of scale’.

The Productivity Commission (PC) has been at the forefront highlighting the huge infrastructure costs associated with population growth.

In its 2016 Migrant Intake into Australia report, the PC noted:

*Physical constraints in major cities make the costs of expanding infrastructure more expensive, so even if a user-pays model is adopted, a higher population is very likely to impose a higher cost of living for people already residing in these major cities…

Funding will inevitably be borne by the Australian community either through user-pays fees or general taxation

The PC’s 2018 Shifting the Dial: 5 year productivity review similarly noted that infrastructure costs will balloon due to Australian cities’ rapidly growing populations:

Growing populations will place pressure on already strained transport systems… Yet available choices for new investments are constrained by the increasingly limited availability of unutilised land.

Costs of new transport structures have risen accordingly, with new developments (for example WestConnex) requiring land reclamation, costly  compensation arrangements, or otherwise more expensive alternatives (such as tunnels).

Infrastructure Australia has also regularly warned on the rising cost of infrastructure provision caused by rapid population growth. For example, its 2018 Planning Liveable Cities report noted:

…construction of new infrastructure is often more expensive, due to the need to tunnel under existing structures or purchase land at higher costs. The small scale, incremental nature of growth in established areas can also lead to an over-reliance on existing infrastructure, which can result in congestion and overcrowding.

The huge cost of expanding the road network illustrates these dis-economies of scale.

The next chart shows that road construction through undeveloped greenfield land (blue) is many times cheaper than tunnelling under existing brownfield land (red):

More recent examples are equally stark. The WestConnex project in Sydney will reportedly cost $17 billion for 33 kilometres ($515 million per kilometre) while Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel is expected to cost $6.7 billion for 5 kilometres of highway ($1.34 billion per kilometre).

In contrast, the 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina highway upgrade , costs $4.9 billion, or just $31 million per kilometre (approximately 11 times less than WestConnex, and 29 times less than the West Gate Tunnel, on a “per lane” basis).

Adding nearly a Canberra-worth of population to Australia each and every year – with 90,000 to 110,000 people projected for Sydney and Melbourne alone – requires an incredible amount of investment just to keep up.

This explains why Australia’s infrastructure deficit has fallen so badly behind over the past 15 years, and why infrastructure deficits will continue to grow under the mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy, in turn eroding residents’ living standards.

The cold hard truth is that the quantity of infrastructure investment required for a ‘Big Australia’ is mind boggling and impossible to meet.

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Photo: The Australian






MORE expensive per kilometre than the Chanel Tunnel …

‘AS developers are belatedly realising, the market is a shaky edifice built entirely on public trust’ … now well and truly broken …

At the heart of it all … government refusal to govern.’

AND if it were not for the Growth Agenda of the Big End of Town … Sydney’s homes and businesses would not be cracking up either from great heights, or from tunnelling underneath?

LET alone being gouged for ‘SYDNEY is growing’ …

WestConnex gouges NSW taxpayers again

 Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy

July 25, 2019 | 4 comments

MB has frequently questioned the efficacy of Sydney’s WestConnex toll road and tunnel project – the $17 billion 33 kilometre motorway under construction that is more expensive per kilometre than the Chanel Tunnel.

This hideously expensive project will see existing free public roads like the state-owned M4 (that have already been paid off) being tolled to help fund the project, with tolls to rise by 4% a year until 2038, with tolls to continue to rise at the rate of inflation for another 20 years. Moreover, the M5 toll to Sydney’s south-west was due to be abolished, but has now been extended to 2060.

So basically, WestConnex’s new 51% owner, Transurban, which already owns seven of Sydney’s toll roads, will make like bandits, while Sydneysiders are gouged.

*Earlier this year, satellite images revealed that tunnelling for WestConnex could damage thousands of Sydney’s inner-west homes, potentially leading to hefty taxpayer compensation:

The images, taken every 11 days for three years up to January, include data on 25,000 buildings directly above the WestConnex roads and tunnels as well as buildings several hundred metres away.

Otus claims ground is sinking up to 100 millimetres – well beyond approved levels…

NSW Greens MP Jamie Parker said the Otus data showed that not just the 4500 homes located within 50 metres of the third stage of WestConnex may be at risk from damage from the project, but “tens of thousands”.

“This data now opens the floodgates in terms of potential cost to government but also the contractors and insurers,” Mr Parker said.

And last week, a Sydney court has ordered the NSW government to pay more than $50 million compensation to the former owners of a tip site that it acquired to build the WestConnex spaghetti junction at St Peters:

The NSW government has been ordered to pay more than $50 million compensation to the former owners of a tip site that it acquired for WestConnex.

The NSW government has been ordered to pay more than $50 million compensation to the former owners of a tip site that it acquired for WestConnex.CREDIT:SYDNEY MOTORWAY CORP

Alexandria Landfill purchased a 15.7-hectare site at St Peters – just south of Sydney Park – for $21 million from the City of Sydney council in 2001…

The state government compulsorily acquired the land from Mr Malouf’s company a month later. But the company disputed the valuer-general’s estimate…

Nick Brunton from Norton Rose Fulbright, who represented Roads and Maritime Services in the matter, said this week the case was “so far as I’m aware the largest ever claim for compensation for the acquisition of land for public purposes”.

In a decision on Thursday, Justice Terence Sheahan ordered the state government to pay Alexandria Landfill $50.087 million in compensation…

Whether through private taxes like tolls or costly compensation for damaged property, NSW residents are facing a reaming.

Construction work on the WestConnex.

Construction work on the WestConnex.CREDIT:AAP





A team of scientists are going to do an aerial survey (in September) to try and locate new water supplies across drought-stricken NSW … but there’s more … it’s about finding ‘mineral deposits’ …

Will this present a problem for landholders in our regions due to Compulsory Acquisition and Land Amalgamation legislation?


CAAN Update on Compulsory Acquisition Laws … S71A added to the existing Legislation

So, it has begun … the legalised theft of people’s homes (substitute properties?) to enable more development … Office of Strategic Lands

More about the Office of Strategic Lands and the power of the Planning Ministerial Corporation!


NSW drought prompts aerial search for new water reserves

A team of scientists will take to the air in a bid to try and locate new water supplies across drought-stricken NSW.

The three-month aerial survey will look at ways to help farmers maintain their land and cattle.

Linda Silmalis, The Sunday Telegraph

|July 14, 2019

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One of the most ambitious aerial surveys conducted in the state is set to begin in the hope of locating new water supplies for drought-stricken farmers.

Scouring an area around 17,000sq km in size, a team of scientists will take to the air where electromagnetic technology will be deployed to identify undiscovered regional water supplies up to 200m underground.

The three-month survey, to be conducted between Bourke and Lake Cargelligo in western NSW from late September, is part of a joint arrangement ­between Geoscience Australia and Geological Survey of NSW to urgently find new ­resources for the state.

Scientists will conduct a three-month aerial search for water in parts of country NSW. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
Scientists will conduct a three-month aerial search for water in parts of country NSW. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

The survey will also be looking for mineral deposits.

Nationals leader John Barilaro said identification of both water and potential new mineral deposits was critical for the wellbeing of the state, ­especially the bush.

“Much of regional NSW is struggling through one of the worst droughts on record and this survey is critical in helping to identify previously undiscovered water reserves,” he said.

“That’s why the government is taking part in this ­important initiative which will provide new information about the geology, metal ­potential and groundwater ­resources of these areas.

“Securing regional jobs is a high priority. The minerals ­industry supports thousands of jobs that support the wellbeing of our regions.”

The project is being ­supported by the $200 million MinEx Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), a collaboration between the Federal, State and Territory governments, the CSIRO, Australian universities and the minerals industry.

The Centre, described as the world’s largest mineral ­exploration collaboration, was set up to address the need for mineral resources to meet ­future demand.

With few new mineral deposits exposed at the surface ­remaining to be found in Australia, the Centre is working to discover hidden potential new resources.

The drought has had a severe impact on country NSW. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
The drought has had a severe impact on country NSW. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

The government is counting on the survey to also find desperately needed new water supplies with the technology able to identify below-surface reserves.

Geological Survey of NSW Geophysics and Modelling manager, Dr Ned Stolz, said the technology was able to identify conductive materials such as copper, lead and zinc as well as water.

“We fix a transmitter to a small plane or helicopter which emits a weak electromagnetic signal,” he said.

“That signal can pick up everything from highly conductive to nonconductive ­materials, allowing us to create a kind of underground map down to around 200m.”

Geological Survey of NSW, a major participant in the MinEx CRC National Drilling Initiative, has committed $16 million over 10 years towards the project.

Government figures show the new mineral industries of platinum, cobalt and lithium, for which demand is rapidly ­increasing, paid $1.8 billion in royalties to the state last financial year and also generated thousands of jobs.




ROZELLE Residents have had to endure a decade of proposals for redevelopment of the former Balmain Leagues Club site …

now again to be drawn out …

with a Council approved apartment development to be interrupted by a compulsory acquisition for a dive site for the Western Harbour Tunnel!

AND if the compulsory acquisition proceeds the Tigers would be left without a cent of compensation!

State Government to squash long-awaited redevelopment of Balmain Leagues Club  Rozelle


Just after the Inner West Council approved amended plans for the long-awaited redevelopment for the Balmain Leagues Club, the State Government has revealed it would also like to use the land as a “dive site” for WestConnex.

What the Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle looks like at the moment. Picture: John Appleyard
What the Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle looks like at the moment. Picture: John Appleyard



The future of the long-awaited redevelopment of the Balmain Leagues Club is once again up in the air.


Shortly after the Inner West Council approved amended plans for its construction at a meeting on Tuesday, the State Government revealed it was considering using the site as an excavation entryway or “dive site” for the Western Harbour Tunnel.

This would mean the site’s redevelopment would not go forward.

Heworth took ownership of the Victoria Road block in March 2018 and just months after, in May, a $135 million proposal to redevelop the site was submitted to the council.

The development application included the construction of 173 apartments, shops and a new 3010sq m Balmain Leagues Club.

An artist impression showing what the amended redeveloped Balmain Tigers Leagues Club will look like. Picture: Grant Leslie Photography


It went before the Inner West Council on Tuesday and was approved by the Development Control Plan.

The next step for Heworth is to submit a revised development application, which will be determined by a state government panel.

Heworth development director Brian Hood said the company was amending the site’s DA for submission to council by the end of July, adding their legal advice was not to hesitate with their plans.

“We can’t stop them … (but) our plan is to keep moving forward to get the DA approved and replace what is there at the moment, which isn’t much,” he said.

“The move value we add to the site, the more money (the state government) have to pay.”

State Government is still considering using the Balmain Leagues club as a construction site for the Western Harbour Tunnel, while local government pushes for new development. Image credit: Matthew Vasilescu


The state government plans have since come under fire from Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne.

“This has been a long drawn out saga, but with revised plans now approved there is no impediment from council to the Tigers returning to their spiritual home,” Cr Byrne said.

“The very survival of the Tigers depends on preventing the state government from snatching this site.

*“The compulsory acquisition of the property would leave the Tigers without a cent of compensation.”

Cr Byrne has called on Wests Tigers chair Barry O’Farrell to intervene and stop the state government acquiring the site.

A previous court ruling required a Tigers Leagues club be included in the site’s redevelopment after the Balmain Leagues Club went into voluntary administration in 2018.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne. Picture: Jordan Shields


Earlier this year, Wests Ashfield took on the Balmain Leagues Club’s outstanding loan to the NRL. They are now in the process of amalgamating.

The amendments to the Development Control Plan, approved at the Inner West Council meeting this week, focused on reducing traffic to Victoria Rd, moving the massing of residents away from Waterloo St and reducing retail.

Cr Byrne said it represented “a reduction in impacts on residents”.

Council received 87 submissions opposing the plan.

A total of 88 per cent were related to the height and scale of the development as well as traffic, retail impacts and character.

Inside the old Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle, left derelict since 2009. Picture: John Appleyard


However, prior to the council vote, Cr Byrne reminded councillors the state government had refused to rezone the site down to six- or eight-storeys.

Cr Byrne also said if the recommendations were not accepted, Roads and Maritime Services would be more likely to compulsorily acquire the site to build the Western Harbour Tunnel.

A spokesman for the RMS said: “Roads and Maritime has commenced discussions with the relevant parties on the potential temporary use of the former Balmain Leagues Club site to support the construction of Western Harbour Tunnel.”

The spokesman added they “commenced discussion with a number of parties” for potential temporary use for the Western Harbour Tunnel project.

Barry O’Farrell and the West Tigers declined to comment.








Australia’s New Rail Projects to deliver $28BN in Property Development:  CBRE

The home and business owners in the path of Westconnex had their properties valued at Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars below the Market Value at the time! 


-So, It has Begun … the legalised theft of People’s Homes to enable more Development … Office of Strategic Lands …

-Desane lost in Court of Appeal but gained a $78M Valuation versus the original $21.4M

-Transport Administration Amendment (Sydney Metro) Bill 2018


Dozens of homes were acquired and demolished to make way for the WestConnex motorway in Sydney’s inner west. Photo: Jessica Hromas

Compulsory land acquisition in New South Wales: How it works and how to get fair compensation for your home









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CAAN Photo:  Rouse Hill 26 May 2019




TO get a grasp of the sheer size of the sea of ‘Greenfield Housing Code’ development in Rouse Hill it is best viewed from the Metro either approaching or leaving the station!

The new GREENFIELD HOUSING CODE across Greater Sydney and beyond … yet another bonus it would seem for developers.  This Code commenced only as recently as 6 July 2018 …

With allotments as tiny as 200M2 x 6M wide and with a maximum gross floor area 78% of the lot size …


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CAAN Photo:  Rouse Hill 26 May 2019


View:  Greenfields Housing Code:

Fortunately … so far … for Rouse Hill these large estates of the Greenfields Housing Code are surrounded by woodland, but apart from street trees there is insufficient land to plant a tree on any lot!  If a tree were to be planted the plumbing would soon suffer!  A shrub will have to suffice. 

No doubt this code has sped up delivery of new homes having only been introduced in July 2018, is this too … to meet the foreign buyer demand?

The Foreign Investment Review Board ruling remains in place allowing developers to market overseas 100% of their housing projects of less than 50 dwellings (May 2017 Budget Reg)

The Morrison Government … somewhat suspiciously has failed to introduce Anti-Money Laundering Rules for the Real Estate Gatekeepers to address an underlying weakness in the structure of the Australian Economy … having exempted this sector as recently as October 2018! (the Second Tranche of the AML Legislation)

For a like property prices seem to range from $750,000 upwards …  better value than a very compact 2-bed apartment with a tiny second bedroom and/or study which is like a hole in a wall!


“The new Greenfield Housing Code will come into effect from 6 July 2018 to provide sufficient time to help the community and stakeholders to understand the new Code.

This means, for an applicant wanting to undertake complying development in a Greenfield Housing Code Area can use the Greenfield Housing Code from 6 July 2018.

Alternatively, they can use the Housing Code up to 6 July 2021, or the Transitional Housing Code (formerly the General Housing Code) up to 13 July 2019.

This provides choice and flexibility for new home owners and industry.”


RELATED ARTICLE: ‘More About the Planning Ministerial Corporation’


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CAAN Photo:  26 May 2019; a sea of homes


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CAAN Photo:  26 May 2019;  row after row of housing


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CAAN Photo:  After viewing the display cottage with its lovely layout by the Interior Designer look around  … has the dwelling been fast-tracked? … Is it well built?  Any cracking?  Signs of water leaks?


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CAAN Photo:  26 May 2019 note the bottom row of brickwork and cracking?  Or is it a damp course?






NSW DoPE: Notice of Compulsory Acquisition of Land in the Local Government Area of FAIRFIELD










Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979


LAND ACQUISITION (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991


Notice of Compulsory Acquisition of Land in the Local Government Area of Fairfield


The Planning Ministerial Corporation constituted by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 declares, with the approval of his Excellency the Governor, that the land described in the Schedule to this Notice is acquired by compulsory process under the Land Acquisition Act 1979, and more specifically, to promote the orderly and economic use and development of the region of Western Sydney, including by establishing and providing a multi-use urban parkland known as

“Western Sydney Parklands”.



Planning Secretary

On behalf of the Planning Ministerial Corporation



All that piece or parcel of land situated at Horsley Park in the Local Government Area of Fairfield, Parish of Melville, County of  Cumberland being lots 98 and 99, Deposited Plan 13905, property known as 1693 – 170 the Horsley Drive, Horsley Park and said to be in the ownership of Maria Antonietta Tornatora, but excluding: 

  1. J885349 easement for transmission line affecting the part of the land above described shown so burdened in Vol 4520 fol 201

2415649 easement vested in New South Wales electricity transmission authority

  1. 8352398 easement for pipeline affecting the part(s) shown so burdened in DP1016620