CALL for SYDNEY Residents to act over Review of SYDNEY Harbour Federation Trust

THIS … IF anything should RING the Alarm Bells! Be very concerned in view of the Federal Coalition Agenda of Privatisation, and the NSW Government track record!

-NSW sell-off of $BILLIONS of public assets including Public Housing

OUR magnificent Sydney Harbour Historic Sites … are they up for a Sell-Out … or the very least … commercialization? Cough … cough …

Manly’s North Head and Mosman’s Georges Heights

Middle Head, Chowder Bay, Cockatoo Island, Sub Base Platypus, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, the former Marine Biological Station at Watson’s Bay and the Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse

AUSTRALIA NEEDS TO TALK … and not be Silenced!

WHAT CAAN wants you to do … COPY AND PASTE THIS into an Email for your Contacts … EVERYONE needs to know … in Sydney, New South Wales … across Australia ... we all need to be talking about this!

The recipients can then forward the email onto their contacts …

FOLLOWING this why not ask the people in your street, club, community to write to The Editor of all the papers … of your Objections!

DEMANDING that our Governments … act in the interests of Australian Heritage and ensure the protection of our Historic Sites from sell-off or commercialization!

BE AWARE that pretty much to date oodles of submissions have been written to be ignored … by all means write submissions but do let others know by sharing and following through as outlined above!

EXTRACT: Wikipedia: Sussan Ley

‘ … In January 2017, an examination of Ley’s expenditure claims and travel entitlements revealed she had purchased an apartment on the Gold Coast, close to the business premises of her partner, for $795,000 whilst on official business in Queensland. Ley defended the purchase, saying her work in the Gold Coast was legitimate, that all travel had been within the rules for entitlements, and that the purchase of the apartment “was not planned nor anticipated”[20] (a claim which was widely derided).[21] On 8 January, Ley released a statement acknowledging that the purchase had changed the context of her travel, and undertaking to repay the government for the cost of the trip in question as well as three others.[22] The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Ley had made 27 taxpayer-funded trips to the Gold Coast in recent years.[23]

On 9 January 2017, Ley announced that she would stand aside from her ministerial portfolios until an investigation into her travel expenses was completed by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She announced that she would not be making her diaries public.[24] On 13 January 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that Ley had resigned from the ministry.[25] Greg Hunt was appointed as Ley’s replacement as the Minister for Health and Sport, and Ken Wyatt was appointed Assistant Minister for Health and Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care,[26] both with effect from 24 January 2017.[27]

In May 2018 Ley introduced a private member’s bill to ban the live export of sheep.[28][29]

During the second Liberal Party of Australia leadership spill of 2018, Ley signed the petition requesting to hold a party meeting to determine the leadership of the Liberal party.[30]

On 26 August 2018, Ley was appointed Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories[31] in the Morrison Government.

On 26 May 2019, Ley was announced as Minister for the Environment,[32] to replace Melissa Price.’

MP Zali Steggall with Middle Harbour behind. Picture: Julian Andrews.
MP Zali Steggall with Middle Harbour behind. Picture: Julian Andrews.

Zali Steggall calls for residents to act over review of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Zali Steggall calls for residents to act over review of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

The future of some of Sydney Harbour’s historic sites including North Head and Georges Heights could be at risk of development, says MP Zali Steggall.

Julie Cross, Manly Daily

January 19, 2020

Subscriber only|January 19, 2020 12:00am

North Head and Manly from the air during a Sydney Seaplanes scenic flight. Picture: Troy Snook.
North Head and Manly from the air during a Sydney Seaplanes scenic flight. Picture: Troy Snook.

Warringah MP Zali Steggall is calling for the public to have their say on the future of Manly’s North Head and Mosman’s Georges Heights if they don’t want another “Barangaroo on their doorstep”.

She said the State Government has set up‘an independent review of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust’ which currently manages the two iconic spots.

It also ‘manages’ other historic foreshore locations including Middle Head, Chowder Bay, Cockatoo Island, Sub Base Platypus, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, the former Marine Biological Station at Watson’s Bay and the Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse.

MP Zali Steggall with Middle Harbour behind. Picture: Julian Andrews.
MP Zali Steggall with Middle Harbour behind. Picture: Julian Andrews.

The review announced by the Minister for Environment Sussan Ley, will consider the trust’s “legislative, financial and governance arrangements” and identify pathways to maximise public access to its sites on Sydney Harbour.

Joseph Carrozzi, the chairman of the Harbour Trust, said it is an opportunity for the agency to “take stock of our achievements and ensure arrangements for our places are fit for the future”.

Ms Steggall said if the state government decides to take back responsibility for the land many fear some of the spots could be commercialised.

“These precious parcels of land are iconic,” Ms Steggall said.

“Being on the harbour they speak to all Australians, especially to us as local residents who are very concerned about what might happen.

“If we don’t want a Barangaroo development on our doorstep people should be interested in this issue.”

Buildings on the 10 Terminal site which are in need of renovation. Picture: Monique Harmer.
Buildings on the 10 Terminal site which are in need of renovation. Picture: Monique Harmer.

She said the land should be preserved and the trust should be properly funded, citing the poor state of some of the army buildings at North Head and the naval heritage buildings of 10 Terminal in Mosman.

“These places should remain available to the community not become commercialised, that’s the biggest concern,” Ms Steggall said.

Ms Jean Hay, former Mayor of Manly and Deputy Chairman of the Harbour Trust, said the board welcomed the independent review and believed there was no “ulterior motive” behind it.

She said the organisation which was mainly self-funded hoped that the findings would support the trust’s work and lead to more funds.

Ms Hay also said she did not believe that the state government intended to commercialise the land.

Ms Steggall said volunteers have been doing letterbox drops to alert residents of the review.

And she encouraged people to send in submissions.

She also encouraged should also attend the review panel’s public forum on February 18 from 6pm to 8pm at Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, 36 College St, Sydney.

To book a place go to eventbrite.com.au.

Photo: Middle Head Sydney. Visit Sydney Australia.

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/manly-daily/zali-steggall-calls-for-residents-to-act-over-review-of-sydney-harbour-federation-trust/news-story/0d8823b96860ae1456aadb68548339a3

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Jordan Springs East: Lendlease will assist homeowners

UPDATE …

RELATED ARTICLE: NSW Government offers to help investigate sinking homes in Jordan Springs East

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Jordan Springs East: Lendlease will assist homeowners

Lendlease has come clean on the full scale of a sinking homes crisis affecting scores of residents at a housing development in Sydney’s west.

Joel Erickson, EXCLUSIVE, Penrith PressSubscriber only|January 18, 2020 7:00am

Cracks in the walls of a house near Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East. Lendlease says the house is repairable, and the cracks shouldn't reappear.
Cracks in the walls of a house near Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East. Lendlease says the house is repairable, and the cracks shouldn’t reappear.

The number of homes affected by ground settlement issues including sinking and cracking in a new housing estate has jumped to almost 40.

Developer Lendlease has revealed 38 houses near Armoury Rd have been affected by ground settlement issues in a parcel of land at Jordan Springs East. So far, three homes have been demolished or building halted while in the process of being completed.

Residents have reported at least one of the homes having a visible lean before it was knocked down.

The ground settlement – vertical movement of the ground – also caused a sinkhole in Armoury Rd which had to be blocked off for months to repair.

James Diamond and his young family moved into a house on Armoury Rd in December.

“We’ve got little cracks in our home already, which we wouldn’t have expected this quickly,” Mr Diamond said.

Cracks in the walls of a house near Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East. Lendlease says the house is repairable, and the cracks shouldn't reappear.
Cracks in the walls of a house near Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East. Lendlease says the house is repairable, and the cracks shouldn’t reappear.

“I still remember when someone mentioned the road sinking, so I came out and had a look.

“I noticed the single-storey house they demolished last month was on an angle – you could visibly see it listing.

“There was a bad sinkhole in the road as well. It felt like driving off a cliff – you almost lost your stomach.”

Navy Rd resident Sandeep Kumar has had issues with his driveway. Picture: Richard Dobson
Navy Rd resident Sandeep Kumar has had issues with his driveway. Picture: Richard Dobson
Dirt underneath Sandeep Kumar’s driveway has fallen a foot.
Dirt underneath Sandeep Kumar’s driveway has fallen a foot.

Navy Rd resident Sandeep Kumar, who lives nearby on Navy Rd, said the land in his frontyard had sunk more than a foot since he first moved into his home about 12 months ago.

He said Lendlease had checked for cracks inside his house, which they did not find, but didn’t address the sinking land under his driveway.

“I had to use two tonnes of soil just to fill the sinkage, and it’s not just me,” he said.

“The two houses up from me have similar problems.”

Lendlease’s senior development manager, Kevin Montier, said the company first became aware of ground settlement issues in April, 2018.

“There are 38 homes that have some evidence of issue,” he said. “It was evident that there were properties immediately adjacent to ground settlement at Armoury Rd.

“There were six properties there that we knew to be affected, including the one that was demolished recently and one that was immediately opposite it that was under construction.

“The builder chose to demolish that property while it was under construction, and there was another property adjacent that was also stopped by the builders.”

Lendlease has revealed 38 houses have been impacted by ground settlement in Jordan Springs East, including three that were demolished on Armoury Rd. Picture: AAP Image/Angelo Velardo.
Lendlease has revealed 38 houses have been impacted by ground settlement in Jordan Springs East, including three that were demolished on Armoury Rd. Picture: AAP Image/Angelo Velardo.

Mr Montier said the issues were exacerbated when a temporary detention basin rose due to a blockage at the end of 2018.

“Following the heavy rain events at the end of 2018 and early 2019, it brought to our attention there was some further movement due to the fact the basin was allowed to elevate in level,” he said.

“That’s been fixed, and we’re sure it’s not an ongoing issue and won’t repeat, but essentially that meant we took a proactive approach into looking at whether there were more properties affected.”

The empty lot on Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East, where a house was demolished late last month. Armoury Rd is now open to traffic.
The empty lot on Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East, where a house was demolished late last month. Armoury Rd is now open to traffic.

Works to fix Armoury Rd are now complete, and the road was reopened on January 17.

Mr Montier said Lendlease would offer a 15-year commitment to any homeowners affected by ground settlement including covering the cost of all repairs.

“It’s understandable that people are concerned,” he said.

“The key for us is the customer-first approach. We’re very mindful of how sensitive and personal this is, so we want to make sure we’re there standing by the customer.

“We need to be ensuring we’re covering all their costs as affected by ground settlement, and also making sure their safety is foremost.

“We want to make sure people are comfortable and that Jordan Springs East remains a great place to live.”

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/penrith-press/jordan-springs-residents-fear-their-homes-could-be-sinking/news-story/36847d6b1cbf3b208d9eec9666cde75f

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TOPLACEs Jean Nassif revives 46 TOWER Plan for CHERRYBROOK

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IN the lead-up to the Christmas holiday season the deviloper, TOPLACE rezoning review was lodged to the NSW Government on December 3, 2019

THIS is what ‘they do’ … when people are not looking

HOW come this proposal was returned to NSW Planning when the outcome of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into building standards only went as far as calling for the establishment of a sufficiently resourced commissionwhere are the protections for residential apartment home buyers?

HOW come Nassif can ‘jump the gun’?

IT appears that again NSW INC only serves the likes of Toplace, their foreign buyers and this proposal happens to coincide with the HONG KONG MTR Consortium SYDNEY METRO … for the money laundering demand … and … Ji Xingping’s plan … the Metro lines all link to Chatswood … built by Chinese Communist Party money … view article and audio from David Lee GeoPolitical Strategist on our website!

IT appears the Cherrybrook residents are being bulldozed to get out of the way for more ‘Hot Money’ … enabled by A NSW INC ‘GATEWAY DETERMINATION’ for 46 SH.TTERBOX Residential Apartment Developments!

VIEW ON CAAN FACEBOOK: ‘SYDNEY PROPERTY DEVELOPER JEAN NASSIF BUSTED WITH COCAINE IN POLICE STING AT STAR CASINO’ *

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Toplace’s Jean Nassif revives 46-tower plan for Cherrybrook

Multimillion-dollar plans by property mogul Jean Nassif for 46 high-rise towers to be built in Sydney’s northwest have been revived after a council objected to the plans for being “overcooked”.

Jake McCallum, Urban Affairs Reporter, Hills Shire Times

|January 14, 2020

Toplace proposal for 46 high-rise towers at Cherrybrook.
Toplace proposal for 46 high-rise towers at Cherrybrook.

Colossal plans to transform humble homes into 46 high-rise towers ranging from two to 16 storeys in height — which were shot down by a northwest Sydney council last year — have been revived.

Property developer Toplace was met with a barrage of objections from The Hill Shire Council over its plans for 3200 homes at the Cherrybrook Metro Station when councillors voted to reject the proposal on October 22.

Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village. Which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.
Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village. Which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.

However, the multimillion-dollar proposal that would see dozens of towers stretch along Castle Hill Rd from Highs Rd to Coonara Ave, Cherrybrook has been revived by Toplace with a rezoning review submitted to NSW Planning.

*A Toplace planner called on a NSW Planning Department director to provide a strategic and site specific merit assessment for the plans.

“The planning proposal seeks Gateway Determination to commence amendment of the (Hills) Local Environment Plans to change the zoning, height of building and FSR provisions.

The Toplace proposal, which was rejected by council for being “inconsistent with infrastructure an liveability priorities” and being considered as “an overdeveloplment of the site” also offered a range of open spaces, as well as business, retail, community and recreational spaces.

CAAN: Probably the usual range put forward by developers but how adequate will they be in view of the high density?

Toplace developer Jean Nassif.
Toplace developer Jean Nassif.

The Hills Shire Council also argued Toplace developer Jean Nassif’s proposal

“precedes the completion of detailed and holistic precinct planning and infrastructure analysis for the Cherrybrook Station Precinct”

and did not adequately consider the capacity of the local and regional road network.

*However, in its submission for rezoning review, a Toplace planner argued that with the Cherrybrook Metro Station already in operation “the delivery of housing supply is already significantly out of sequence with infrastructure investment and should not be further delayed”.

Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village.
Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village.

“The masterplan involves the creation a vibrant new transit-oriented precinct within walking distance of the recently opened Cherrybrook Metro Station, which provides less than 30 minute access to the wide range of jobs available within Castle Hill, Norwest, Macquarie Park, Chatswood and St Leonards,” the planner said.

“Upon completion of the Metro City and South West in 2024 (the proposal) will provide 30 minute access to the jobs available in North Sydney and the Sydney CBD.”

The rezoning review was lodged to the NSW Government on December 3, 2019.

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Daily Telegraph: What Cherrybrook could look like in 2037

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The world is 'running out of sand', and it's fuelling murders, mafias and ecological devastation

THIS REPORT also raises even more issues for Australia … our security!

NOT only do we have Real Estate OVERDEVELOPMENT for the ‘foreign money laundering market’ of CHINA and INDIA

BUT with this OVERDEVELOPMENT … NSW INC has ridden roughshod over the Windsor Community … to demolish their Heritage Windsor Bridge and Thompson Square to make way for *DAMAGING sand mining in the Hawkesbury River!

AND with the ‘splash of cash’ … Hot Money … where are the checks … the vetting of thousands of people flying in weekly to buy this Real Estate? Who are they? Among them are there …

-members of the Chinese Communist Party? (Yes)

-triads … flying into Sydney Casinos? (Yes)

View: An Australian Border Force official provided security for an international criminal fugitive who has worked with Crown Resorts to bring Chinese high rollers into Australia.

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-now among the Indians are there ‘Sand Mining Mafia’?

Indians are now the third-largest migrant­ group in Australia and are on track to overtake Britons and Chinese

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The world is ‘running out of sand’, and it’s fuelling murders, mafias and ecological devastation

ABC Radio National By Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Taryn Priadko for Saturday Extra

Updated 11 JANUARY 2020

Under a colourful, cloudy sky, a large yellow digger digs at a huge pile of sand. Flattened dirt road is in the background.

PHOTO: We use sand in a lot of construction. But its scarcity in some areas is fuelling a dangerous trade. (Getty: Avalon_Studio)

RELATED STORY: ‘Mafias’ terrorising Indians, pillaging environment

RELATED STORY: The ‘sand mafia’ fuelling India’s $120 billion building boom

It’s difficult to believe that sand — that seemingly innocuous little granule — could cause any trouble, let alone lead to murder.

And that’s probably because we tend to take it for granted.

“Even though most people never even think about it, sand is all around you pretty much all the time,” says US journalist Vince Beiser, who has written a book on sand and civilisation.

“No sand, no modern civilisation.”

According to Beiser, the demand for sand is fuelling a sinister and dangerous black market organisation: a “sand mafia”.

A shortage of sand

A desert-scape of close-ups of rippling sand and mountains of sand behind that, under a clear blue sky.

PHOTO: Desert sand is “pretty much useless” for construction, says Beiser, as the grains are too smooth to lock together. (Getty: Matteo Colombo)

Sand has been used for construction since 7000 BCE, but its use ramped up at the turn of the 20th century.

“Once it was perfected — wham — it just took over the entire planet,” Beiser tells RN’s Saturday Extra.

Concrete, which is made out of sand and gravel, is now used to make our buildings, shopping malls and roads.Running out of sand
Great Moments in Science looks at how many products and industries have sand as an ingredient, and why it’s one that’s running low.

Sand from the desert is unsuitable for construction, so instead we mostly use sand found at the bottom of rivers, lakes, oceans and on beaches.

CAAN: HENCE the destruction of our Heritage Windsor Bridge and Thompson Square Windsor for sand mining in the Hawkesbury River *

Beiser says the world uses 50 billion tonnes of this kind of sand every year — more than any other natural resource, “except for water”.

“When you are talking about quantities that large, sooner or later you’re going to run into shortages, and that is in fact what is happening in a growing number of places around the world,” he says.

“We are running out, believe it or not.”YOUTUBE: Vince Beiser talks about the shortage of sand

University of Adelaide earth sciences professor Alan Collins is somewhat more cautious in his assessment.

We are running out of sand “in a way”, he says, “and in particular, in certain places”.

“It’s more about the right quality of sand and where it’s found. For various uses we need quite pure sand … and getting sand that’s that pure can be quite tricky,” he says.

*Professor Collins says the problem of diminishing sand supplies is particularly significant in developing countries.

*”There’s certainly a lot of over-exploitation of sand, particularly in developing economies that are … digging it up very quickly,” he says.

“I think it’s something that we’re just becoming aware of.”

‘They call them the sand mafia’

A middle-aged man in a suit poses for a portrait.

PHOTO: Vince Beiser is the author of The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilisation. (Supplied: Vincebeiser.com)

Beiser argues that in parts of the world, sand is becoming a very dangerous business.

He says a scarcity of sand, and efforts to regulate the sand mining industry, have spawned an illegal trade.

“The demand for sand is so intense in some places that organised criminal gangs have taken over the trade,” he says.

“And they do what criminal gangs do everywhere to people who try to stop them.

“They have murdered hundreds of people in the last few years over sand.”

In India, Beiser says, “they call them the sand mafia”.

“They have literally murdered hundreds of people, including many journalistsincluding one that was burned to death recently. Another one was hacked to death with machetes,” he says.

“But it’s not only journalists. It’s also environmental activists, police officers, government officials — and that’s not counting all the ones who have been threatened, who’ve been beaten up, who’ve been chased off their land.

“It’s astonishing when you start looking into it.”

In 2017 the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent travelled to India to chase the sand mafia, revealing that despite a near-blanket ban on unlicensed sand mining across India, it operates with near impunity.

Two young men in wet shorts and shirt stand at the tip of a boat just visible, with tall city buildings far in the background.

PHOTO: In Mumbai, where these fishermen now collect sand, mining for sand is almost as valuable as mining for gold. (ABC Foreign Correspondent)

Beiser says India is not alone. He cites a recent murder in South Africa related to rival gangs of sand miners fighting over sand, the murder of a Mexican environmental activist trying to stop sand mining in his village, and other sand-related killings in Kenya, Gambia and Indonesia.

“It’s a worldwide phenomenon,” Beiser says.

AUDIO: Hear more from Vince Beiser on the consequences of a sand shortage (Saturday Extra)

The environmental cost

Professor Collins also raises concerns about the significant ecological impact of sand trade and sand dredging.

*Taking sand from local river systems and transporting it far distances has “lots of implications for energy use”, he says, “and also just ecological devastation”.

Aerial view of a large brown body of water, upon which sits a long pipe, with small machines connected to it at even intervals.

PHOTO: A sand sucker removes sand from the Mekong River, Thailand. (Getty: anucha sirivisansuwan)

“In places such as Singapore or Bangkok where there’s very little sand locally around, the sand’s got to come from elsewhere, internationally,” he says.

“So you then get quite a lot of issues around importing sand across borders, and really devastating ecosystems.

“To get sand out of the rivers you just completely dredge the river and everything in it.” *

*That includes sediment. And when a river is depleted of that, there can be dire consequences.

“Water then goes much faster, you can get much more flooding, and downstream effects can really be quite extreme,” Professor Collins says.

Cutting consumption

Beiser advocates tighter international laws on sand mining to curtail environmental damage.

“First of all, we need better rules and regulations around the world on sand mining,” he says.

He argues that in many Western countries those rules are largely in place, but are “totally missing in a lot of Asia and Africa and the developing world”.

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He says we also need to find alternatives to sand.

“We have to simply use not only less sand but less everything,” he says.

“We know that we are using too much fresh water, we’re cutting down too many trees, we’re taking too many fish out of the oceans, and now we’ve come to find out we’re using too much sand.

“These are not separate problems. They are all symptoms of the same problem, which is that we are just consuming too much.

“We’ve just got to find ways to build our cities and live our lives in ways that consume less, that are more sustainable.”

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NSW government offers to help investigate ‘sinking’ homes in Jordan Springs East

WAS this site originally used by Australian Defence Industries? 

The talk is that there were lots of buildings and underground bunkers … an empty house owned by Lendlease on 59 Armoury Rd – which is the focus of the settlement issues – was demolished on December 16, according to Penrith City Council.

Was the site investigated for its suitability due to its past history?

Did LENDLEASE allow sufficient time for settlement of the development site?

HOMEOWNERS would be well advised to photograph, document and unite together to ensure a good outcome …

AND HOME BUYERS would do well to investigate the history of the land use of development sites before purchase!

The Central Precinct Plan from Penrith Councils website

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NSW government offers to help investigate ‘sinking’ homes in Jordan Springs East

The NSW government has offered to help investigate issues at a brand-new community development in Western Sydney where residents are concerned their houses are sinking into the ground.

Danielle Le Messurier, Joel Erickson and Christopher Harris,

The Daily Telegraph

January 9, 2020

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The NSW government has offered to help investigate issues at a brand-new community development in Western Sydney, where residents fear their houses are sinking into the ground.

Jordan Springs East, 7km northeast of Penrith, is owned by project developer Lendlease and is part of Jordan Springs, which will eventually be home to 13,000 residents.

But issues relating to “ground settlement” have taken the shine off the new precinct despite Lendlease insisting residents have nothing to fear.

Two worried residents told The Daily Telegraph the land under their driveways has started “sinking”, with one saying the earth had dropped “more than a foot” over the past year.

The empty lot on Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East, where a house was demolished late last month because of concerns about ground settlement.
The empty lot on Armoury Rd, Jordan Springs East, where a house was demolished late last month because of concerns about ground settlement.

An empty house owned by Lendlease on 59 Armoury Rd – which is the focus of the settlement issues – was demolished on December 16, according to Penrith City Council.

Around the same time, a section of that road was closed between Navy Rd and Private Cct.

A council spokeswoman said they were first notified of the demolition on December 11 – just days before it was carried out.

She said council was seeking to determine the cause of the settlement on Armoury Rd from the developer “as a high standard of quality must be maintained for development in our city”.

A Department of Planning, Industry and Environment spokeswoman said while the body was not responsible for assessing or approving buildings within Jordan Springs East it “will provide assistance with the investigations to Penrith City Council if requested”.

“The NSW government is committed to ensuring all residential buildings are safe, structurally sound and free from major defects,” she added.

Lendlease’s senior development manager Kevin Montier said the company was “aware of incidents of settlement on and close to Armoury Rd” but stressed they “do not present a safety risk”.

But he refused to answer questions regarding the cause of the issue or how many houses have been impacted, saying only that investigations are “ongoing”.

“Our customers and their safety are our priority,” Mr Montier said.

“While the house at 59 Armoury Road was repairable and safe, we determined that it was unlikely to meet Lendlease’s expectation of quality.”

Resident Sandeep Kumar claims land is dropping under his driveway. Picture: Richard Dobson
Resident Sandeep Kumar claims land is dropping under his driveway. Picture: Richard Dobson

A series of geotechnical investigations on Armoury Rd have been carried since 2018 in addition to rectification works.

Mr Montier said he anticipated the road would be reopened “early in the year”.

Local resident Sandeep Kumar, who lives nearby on Navy Rd, said the land in his front yard had sunk more than a foot since he first moved into his home about 12 months ago.

He said Lendlease had checked for cracks inside his house, which they did not find, but didn’t address the sinking land under his driveway.

“I had to use two tonnes of soil just to fill the sinkage, and it’s not just me,” he said.

“The two houses up from me have similar problems.”

Mr Montier said some settlement in new developments was “expected”, adding: “Geotechnical engineers confirmed (his) property doesn’t have issues caused by settlement beyond what would be expected and he’s been advised as such”.

Ground sinkage means the concrete no longer sits on the land. Picture: Richard Dobson
Ground sinkage means the concrete no longer sits on the land. Picture: Richard Dobson

He also said the “localised issue” under the driveway was the result of backfilling following construction of a sewer line at that location, and that Lendlease was in ongoing contact with Mr Kumar about the situation.

Another Navy Rd resident, Andy Villegas, said he first noticed the earth under his front yard was sinking after he bought property.

“The rain came and everything sank,” he said.

“We got the builders to refill it but it happened again.”

He said Lendlease came and filled up the ground but the driveway still sank.

“It sank for a bit and then we took some dirt that we could find and put it in and fixed it up.

“It still sinks from time to time.”

Mr Villegas is now waiting for Lendlease to come and assess the ground again next week.

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-government-offers-to-help-investigate-sinking-homes-in-jordan-springs-east/news-story/c6676f4bb3cb03722b6c024479d7acf1

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POPULATION EXPLOSION to Derail Sydney's Train System

Sydney’s population to increase by 2 million people in the 22 years to 2041

decades-old trains, passenger crowding, forecasts of a $1.3 billion maintenance backlog

Sydney to balloon to 6 million people over the next decade

trains are run for longer periods of the day to cope with a surge in demand from commuters

-with Sydneysiders shoehorned into high-rise apartments

THE SYDNEY RAIL … serves the majority … much NSW INC SPIN about the privatised MTR Hong Kong Consortium Sydney Metro for which we are losing publicly owned heavy rail networks … for money launderers …

Population explosion to derail Sydney’s train system

By Leith van Onselen in Immigration

9 JANUARY 2020

Last month, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment updated its population projections for Sydney, with the city’s population revised upwards by 240,000:

As shown above, Sydney’s population is projected to increase by 2 million people in the 22 years to 2041 – equivalent to adding a Perth or around five Canberra’s.

This massive population growth threatens to derail Sydney’s train system, according to a new Government report marked “Cabinet-in-confidence”:

Sydney's rail network is under pressure from a surge in demand for services.

Sydney’s rail network is under pressure from a surge in demand for services.CREDIT:PETER RAE

Decades-old trains, passenger crowding, forecasts of a $1.3 billion maintenance backlog and a surge in demand for services will heap pressure on Sydney’s already stretched rail network as the city balloons to 6 million people over the next decade, an internal government report reveals.

The report, marked “Cabinet in confidence” and completed in September, underscores the need for the state government to inject even more funding into the backbone of the public transport system as an extra 1.4 million people are forecast to call the city home by 2031…

Sydney Trains is being forced to squeeze more out of its trains by running them for longer periods of the day to cope with a surge in demand from commuters…

“Due to the significant growth planned for time-tabled passenger rail services, it is anticipated the ,” the report says.

Of course, it’s not only Sydney’s train system that is under pressure. Infrastructure Australia’s projections show that all measures of liveability – traffic congestion, commute times, access to jobs, schools, hospitals and open space – will worsen as Sydney’s population explodes, irrespective of how it builds out:

Sydneysiders will also be shoehorned into high-rise apartments:

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CAAN Photo …. As more and more high-rise apartment towers encroach on our bushland suburbs … to shoehorn Sydneysiders

And there will obviously be chronic water shortages in trying to nourish millions more residents.

Seriously, who voted for this?

Cut immigration now:

Leith Van Onselen

Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

Sydney's rail network is under pressure from a surge in demand for services.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/01/population-explosion-to-derail-sydneys-train-system/

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DROUGHT causes Buildings to Crack … leaving homeowners facing hefty repair bills!

AT such times that is when a home owner discovers that where they thought they would be covered for such a disaster that they are dealing with an UNINSURANCE COMPANY!

SUCH companies fortunately do … in most situations of storms … water damage, hail damage, earthquakes and fire compensate

BUT if one is so unfortunate like this home owner due to drought …

OR water ingress from Bob the Builder up the road excavating for its home improvements … or terraces, townhomes and Manor Homes … there is Sweet FA cover … all such events are excluded in the fine print of the Policy!

THE home buyer also can be a victim in the sense that despite prior inspection inadequate waterproofing and tradies tricks were overlooked …

IS this another consequence of pooor grubment policies … what does NSW INC say in response?

-get out of the way of growth perhaps?

Drought causes buildings to crack, leaving homeowners facing hefty repair bills

ABC Newcastle By Eliza Goetze

6 JANUARY 2020

A woman stands in front of a bookcase and a cracked wall.

PHOTO: Newcastle homeowner Trudy Grahame with one of the cracks that appeared in the week after Christmas. (ABC Newcastle: Eliza Goetze)RELATED STORY: Farmland prices remain firm despite dry timesRELATED STORY: This town was once sacrificed for a dam, but in dry times it’s being uncovered

The drought is causing a growing number of buildings across the Hunter to crack, making busy work for tradespeople and untold expenses for homeowners.

Key points:

  • Clay soils are drying out, because of the drought, causing them to contract and foundations to subside
  • Cracks in houses can appear quickly and is not necessarily something building inspections can foresee
  • Some tradespeople use polyurethane to fill voids in the foundations while others prefer underpinning, using concrete to jack up a house

Building experts say clay soils, common across New South Wales and beyond, are becoming increasingly dry, causing them to contract and foundations to subside.

Far from the state’s dusty, drought-stricken farms, it is a side of the drought showing up in inner-city homes and building sites.

When Trudy Grahame bought her home in the Newcastle suburb of Broadmeadow last year, she said inspectors gave it the all clear.

But in the past couple of weeks, cracks nearly a centimetre wide have appeared on several walls.

“We only moved here in September. There was no sign of this cracking at all,” she said.

“We had it inspected before we purchased it and they said there were no issues, so it’s come as a surprise.

“I opened the cupboard and I was just like, ‘Oh, my gosh’. It was frightening.”

Ms Grahame fought back tears when she examined fresh cracks in her spare room.

“It’s definitely bigger than what it was yesterday,” she said.

“It’s just … half the wall is cracked.”

Cracks also covered corners of her bedroom, wardrobe, and cornices in the living room on the other side of the house.

She said she was “in disbelief” at how quickly the cracks had grown.

A woman faces a wall with her arm outstretched to examine a crack in the wall.

PHOTO: Trudy Grahame says the cracks have appeared throughout her 90-year-old house. (ABC Newcastle: Eliza Goetze)

Ms Grahame had planned to install air conditioning in the 90-year-old brick home to make the summer ahead more bearable, but said she would now have to rethink the budget.

“We’re going to get an engineer in to do a structural assessment and from their report see what they can do,” she said.

“We contacted a few other people and they’ve said there’s an extraordinary amount of cracking in the Newcastle region due to the drying of the soil.”

Dry clay keeps tradies busy

One of those Ms Grahame consulted was Resinject managing director Andy Evans, who said her case was not unique.

“It’s certainly worse than it is traditionally,” Mr Evans said of cracking in homes and buildings.

“It’s in the reactive clay scenarios, which is basically statewide, aside from sandy soils on the coastal fringe.

“The clays are drying out, which means the clays are shrinking, forming voidage around the footings and foundations of your house.

“We’re getting called out to a lot of it because it’s leading to movement in houses, because of the loss of load-bearing capacity of the ground.”

Mr Evans described his work as “like Botox for houses” — injecting polyurethane, which rapidly expands, into ground that has contracted, filling voids and re-levelling foundations that have subsided.

Other foundation repairers favour the more traditional underpinning method, using concrete to jack up a house.

Jeff Brick maintains buildings around Newcastle and said he has also seen more cracking in recent months — a trend he had not seen since the Millennium drought.

He said it was happening particularly in older, double-brick homes.

“A lot of people don’t know what’s in their yard,” he said.

“With the ground drying out, there’s not much you can do about it — apart from maybe keeping a garden hose on it, which is not practical with the current water restrictions.

“So we’re going to get a lot more houses that are cracking and moving, even new houses.”

Mr Evans warned against homeowners taking preventative measures or treatment into their own hands.

“You do hear of people irrigating their footings but you have got to know what you’re doing because you don’t want to overdose it or you’ll exacerbate your problem,” he said.

A tradesman squats on a concrete slab between two braces.

PHOTO: Newcastle foundation repairman Andy Evans says the drought is causing widespread subsidence that leads to cracks in buildings. (Facebook: Resinject Newcastle)

Shaping new buildings from the ground up

The drought is not only causing cracks in older houses, it is also influencing the design and construction of new buildings.

Mr Evans said engineers had told him they have had to place foundations deeper in the ground to find the right moisture level.

“Traditionally they’d be looking at a couple of metres; now they’re looking at up to 6 metres,” he said.

Developer Luke Berry has overseen the construction of major developments around the Hunter as director of Thirdi group.

He said his builders worked closely with architects and engineers to ensure building materials could expand and contract “in response to Australia’s extreme weather patterns”.

“We are constantly monitoring and reviewing the best ways possible to construct and deliver our buildings that minimise thermal expansion, one of the key causes of cracking,” Mr Berry said.

Trudy Grahame said subsidence was not covered by her insurer and she did not yet know how much her home’s repairs would cost.

“There are so many people worse off at the moment with fires, losing their lives, their whole properties, their possessions,” she said.

“It doesn’t make me angry, because the previous owner couldn’t have known. How can you know?

“It’s just something that’s started happening because of the drought.”

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SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-06/drought-causing-building-cracks-subsidence/11840828

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2015: MEDIA REPORTS IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE APPOINTMENT OF LUCY TURNBULL AS CHIEF COMMISSIONER THE GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION

Power walkers: Lucy and Malcolm Turnbull stroll through Paddington last month.

EXTRACTS FROM MEDIA REPORTS …

LUCY TURNBULL SLATED FOR GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION PLANNING ROLE

“It is outrageous that the government is ramming these changes though Parliament without proper public consultation,” said the chief executive of the Nature Conservation Council, Kate Smolski.

“It will reduce the input people will have into how their communities can be developed, and concentrate power into the hands of the minister and planning bureaucrats.”

Greens MP David Shoebridge warned communities around the state could lost control over local bushland and the environment to Macquarie Street.

“Every protection people thought they had, every bit of local order is all up for grabs,” Mr Shoebridge said.  …

Mr Stokes said fears communities could lose out were “misleading” and said they would play a role in decision-making through the appointment of six district commissioners  …

ALAS … thus true to form … as the community figured …

The chief executive of development lobby the Urban Development Institute of Australia, Stephen Albin, said this week the commission would “change the way our city will be shaped”.

“I think you’ll find … they will start really getting involved and forcing the hand of local governments and other stakeholders in areas to ensure we get development.

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/lucy-turnbull-slated-for-greater-sydney-commission-planning-role-20151030-gkn5sn.html

GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION LUCY TURNBULL NAMED CHAIR

The GSC, established by NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes in 2015, 

Planning Minister Rob Stokes in putting it through parliament has said that “for too long Sydney’s urban planning has operated in silos of councils and government departments, without effective joined-up co-ordination of the infrastructure our city and suburbs need”.

The GSC, which will be based in Parramatta, Sydney’s geographic centre, will consist of a Chair, Environment Commissioner, Economic Commissioner, Social Commissioner.

There will also be six District Commissioners, nominated by their councils and three key government heads on the Commission — the heads of Planning, Transport and Treasury.

Read more:

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/greater-sydney-commission-lucy-turnbull-named-chair/news-story/9e2a0ba3452812d00c8befab0747136a

TURNBULL APPOINTED CHIEF OF NEW GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION

“The position would dovetail with the determination of her husband, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to use the power of the federal government to improve Australian cities, and would be sure to raise questions about the two working together,” reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

Support for Turnbull in the role was strong among NSW government ministers, particularly the minister for planning Rob Stokes. When introducing the legislation for the commission in NSW parliament, Stokes quoted from Turnbull’s book, Sydney: Biography of a City, which he referred to as “seminal.”

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LUCY TURNBULL APPOINTED CHAIR OF POWERFUL GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION

Lucy Turnbull, the wife of the Prime Minister, and a former lord mayor of Sydney, has been appointed to chair the Greater Sydney Commission.

*The commission is being established by the Baird government to bring metropolitan-wide planning to Sydney.

*It will be able to overrule local council zoning decisions.

It will take over planning decisions which are currently done by the Minister for Planning Rob Stokes.

Ms Turnbull, who has been chair of the lobby group The Committee for Sydney, was seen as the ideal candidate for the job until her husband became Prime Minister.

The Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, a former planning academic, even quoted approvingly from Ms Turnbull’s book, Sydney: Biography of a City when he introduced the legislation establishing the commission, calling it a “seminal” work.

However, there were concerns that the position would lead to conflicts of interest with her husband’s position, as well as considerations that federal government funding for Sydney could be seen to be favouring his wife.

*In fact, the former prime minister Tony Abbott was generous to Sydney, funding the WestConnex and NorthConnex motorways, as well as promising federal funding for infrastructure to support the Badgerys Creek airport.

Ms Turnbull has handled such conflicts before. Earlier this year the chief executive of the Committee for Sydney, Dr Tim Williams criticised the state government’s massive WestConnex Motoway project, which is partly funded by the federal government. He later apologised for the remarks. # See below for what happened!

There will be 13 commissioners, including the chair; an environment, economic and social commissioners; six district commissioners, nominated by local councils; plus the heads of the three government departments — Planning & Environment, Transport and Treasury.

It was supported by the Labor Party but opposed by the Greens, who criticised it for overriding local government planning powers and taking away democratic control over planning.

Greens MLC David Shoebridge said almost all the commissioners would be appointed by the Minister for Planning.

SOURCE:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/lucy-turnbull-appointed-chair-of-powerful-greater-sydney-commission/news-story/c072c40e997ea545f5349ef51878a804

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With a bit of sweet talk from Tim … I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine …

Recently it was announced that Dr Tim  Williams had resigned from his role with the Committee at the end of this year to take up a new role as the Head of Cities with global consultancy firm ARUP.

Read more: http://www.sydney.org.au/announcement-of-the-departure-of-ceo-tim-williams/

Tim like most of us recognises that the WestCONnex & its tentacles will kill Sydney … it’s not sustainable.

Committee for Sydney’s Tim Williams slams road building plans for city

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/committee-for-sydneys-tim-williams-slams-road-building-plans-for-city-20150428-1mv3vq.html

However Dr Williams was forced to back down …

Committee for Sydney’s Tim Williams backs down on motorway and WestConnex criticism

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/committee-for-sydneys-tim-williams-backs-down-on-motorway-and-westconnex-criticism-20150506-ggv80r.html

2015 Media Release: MERITON集团最新力作—CHATSWOOD TOWERS

CLICK THE SOURCE LINK … and this is the Media Release in Mandarin(?) … Harry makes no secret of the fact … Meriton’s market target is China …

A quote from Harry that supports this …

“China has more than 1 billion people,” he said. “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.”

https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/i-ll-buy-cheaper-australia-s-property-king-is-exploiting-the-slump-20190215-p50xyl.html

Friday, December 04, 2015

MERITON集团最新力作—CHATSWOOD TOWERS

昨晚,悉尼委员会名誉主席Lucy Hughes Turnbull女士,为Meriton集团在Chatswood商业区的两座建筑Centrium隆重揭幕。

Hughes Turnbull女士与Meriton集团的创始人Harry Triguboff先生,及150余人参与了隆重的揭幕仪式,其中包括各级政府官员、议会议员及媒体工作者。

Chatswood源名于前Willoughby市长Richard Harnett的夫人Charlotte Harnett。人们亲切地称呼她为“Chattie”,而wood则源自该地区繁茂的树木。但何时由“Chattie‘s Wood”更名为Chatswood则无人知晓。

如今的Chatswood已发展成为了悉尼北区汇集商业、购物和居住的大型城镇,拥有大型购物中心,优质美食餐厅和便捷的交通设施。 Centrium的建成不仅能够让居住在此的住户尽享便捷,更可欣赏到无与伦比的悉尼市全景。

Triguboff先生宣布将暂不出售这两座建筑,其中一座将作为Meriton旗下的酒店式公寓使用,而另一座建筑将用于长期出租。Meriton将为Chatswood商业区提供更多的租赁选择。

“如果我们发现了市场上空缺,我们就会及时地将其填补上,”Triguboff先生说道。

“如果我们看到这里需要大量的公寓用于租赁,我们就会保留这些公寓,用以缓解该地区房屋租赁市场的紧缺”。

“我对Chatswood可谓情有独钟,我曾在这里建造了很多公寓,但却从来没有留下过任何一套。这两座建筑将成为这里的新地标,所以我才想在这里保留一小块区域。”

此前,坊间曾有一些评论认为Triguboff先生之所以会选择保留一些公寓,是因为他认为房地产市场将变得不可预期。

“这完全是胡说八道,”Triguboff先生说道。

“Chatswood是非常强劲的市场。我昨天才看到,另一个地产开发商刚刚在上周末卖出了100套公寓,仅用了两天时间。”

“保留这些公寓既是我个人的意愿,也是基于市场所需做出的决定。这些公寓将缓解该地区公寓租赁供不应求的情况。”

Centrium距离Chatswood火车站仅咫尺之遥,此多用途开发项目共计价值$7亿澳元。

第一座建筑包括了337套Meriton酒店式公寓,并配有Meriton经典的度假式设施,包括:室内恒温泳池、水疗、桑拿浴室和设备齐全的健身房。这些奢华的公寓既适合商务人士,同时也适合来此度假的旅游者。

第二座建筑共由286间公寓组成,预计将在2016年年中全部租出。38层的高度可以饱览悉尼城市天际线和全景区域景观。包括1房、2房及3房等多种户型,所有公寓都将采用超大户型设计,所有住户也都可以使用度假式配套设施。

“大部分建在Chatswood的公寓都非常小”Triguboff说道。

“而我们所建造公寓则提供了更大的空间,让住户体验顶级舒适和奢华的享受。”

此项目还包括了一小块购物区,共由4间商铺组成,现已全部出租;另外,还有一间带有超大户外活动区,可容纳56名儿童的儿童看护中心;以及为Willoughby市议会提供多达250个地下停车位。

至此,Meriton集团共计管理着3,612间的酒店式公寓,遍布悉尼、布里斯班和黄金海岸。

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The latest masterpiece of the MERITON Group—CHATSWOOD TOWERS

Last night, Ms. Lucy Hughes Turnbull, Honorary Chairman of the Sydney Commission, unveiled the Centrium of Meriton Group’s two buildings in the Chatswood business district.

Ms. Hughes Turnbull and the founder of Meriton Group, Mr. Harry Triguboff, and more than 150 people participated in the grand opening ceremony, including government officials at all levels, members of parliament and media workers.

Chatswood is named after Charlotte Harnett, the wife of Richard Harnett, the mayor of Willoughby. People call her “Chattie” affectionately, and wood is derived from the lush trees in the area. But it is unknown when “Chattie’s Wood” will be renamed Chatswood.

Today Chatswood has developed into a large town in Sydney’s north that brings together business, shopping and living, with large shopping malls, quality gourmet restaurants and convenient transportation facilities. The completion of Centrium will not only allow residents living here to enjoy convenience, but also enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of Sydney city.

Mr. Triguboff announced that the two buildings will not be sold for the time being, one of which will be used as a serviced apartment under Meriton and the other will be used for long-term rental. Meriton will provide more rental options for the Chatswood business district.

“If we find a vacancy in the market, we will fill it in time,” Mr Triguboff said.

“If we see a large number of apartments for rental here, we will keep these apartments to alleviate the shortage of the housing rental market in the region.”

“I have a soft spot for Chatswood. I have built a lot of apartments here, but I have never left any. The two buildings will become new landmarks here, so I want to keep a small one here. Block area. “

Earlier, there were some comments in the market that Mr Triguboff chose to keep some apartments because he thought the real estate market would become unpredictable.

“It’s all nonsense,” Mr Triguboff said.

“Chatswood is a very strong market. I only saw yesterday that another property developer just sold 100 apartments last weekend in just two days.”

“Keeping these apartments is both my personal will and a decision based on market needs. These apartments will alleviate the shortage of apartment rentals in the area.”

Just a stone’s throw from Chatswood Railway Station, Centrium is a multi-use development valued at $ 700 million.

The first building includes 337 Meriton serviced apartments and is equipped with Meriton’s classic resort-style facilities, including: indoor heated pool, spa, sauna and fully equipped gym. These luxurious apartments are suitable for both business people and tourists.

The second building consists of a total of 286 apartments and is expected to be fully leased by mid-2016. The 38-storey tower offers panoramic views of the Sydney city skyline and panoramic area. Including 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, all apartments will be designed with super-large units, and all residents can also use resort-type facilities.

“Most of the apartments built in Chatswood are very small,” Triguboff said.

“And the apartments we build provide more space for residents to experience top comfort and luxury.”

This project also includes a small shopping area consisting of 4 shops, all of which are now rented out; a child care center with an oversized outdoor activity area that can accommodate 56 children; and Willoughby City Council Provides up to 250 underground parking spaces.

To date, the Meriton Group has managed a total of 3,612 serviced apartments across Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Harry Triguboff to retain Meriton's Centrium towers in Chatswood

Photo: Property Observer

SOURCE: https://www.meriton.com.au/cn/meriton-group-launched-its-chatswood-towers/

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Harry Triguboff, Lucy Turnbull, Chris Johnson about High-Rise Towers in Chatswood

STAFF REPORTER | 3 DECEMBER 2015

Harry Triguboff to retain Meriton’s Centrium towers in Chatswood

Harry Triguboff to retain Meriton's Centrium towers in Chatswood

Meriton’s two-tower project Centrium in the business district of Chatswood was launched by Lucy Turnbull, on Thursday evening shortly after it was advised that she will head the new organisation charged with overseeing planning and development across Sydney, the chair of the Greater Sydney Commission.

Centrium will have one tower as serviced apartments and the other as long-term rental accommodation, according to Meriton Group CEO Harry Triguboff.

He said Meriton was giving the Chatswood business district much-needed rental options.

It is now is one of the North Shore’s major commercial, retail and residential districts. Some of Sydney’s best shopping, dining and transport facilities can be found in Chatswood.

“If we see a gap in the market, we fill it accordingly,” Triguboff said.

“If we see that there is a great need for long term rental accommodation we retain the building to help boost the depleted rental market.”

Chatswood was named after Charlotte Harnett, wife of the then mayor of Willoughby, Richard Harnett. Her nickname was ‘Chattie’ and wood came from the original wooded nature of the area. It was Chattie’s Wood and the date it actually changed to Chatswood is not precisely unknown.

The announcement that former Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull will head up the Greater Sydney Commission was good for Sydney but there are major challenges ahead, says the Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson.

“Her background as Lord Mayor of Sydney and her interest in metropolitan wide planning auger well for ensuring the commission acts with big picture thinking,” he said.

SOURCE: https://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/investment-strategy/property-news-and-insights/48947-harry-triguboff-to-retain-meriton-s-centrium-towers-in-chatswood.html