WHO and How of the FML …

HIGHER DENSITY AND OVERDEVELOPMENT … Who for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WESTCONNEX TENTACLES …

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

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

Read more:

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

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

WINDSOR … the RMS … and the destruction of Heritage!

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Photo: Rally October 2018 To Save Thompson Square and Windsor Bridge

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

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

The elation was short and sweet …

PLEASE SHARE TO START THE CONVERSATION …

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

BECAUSE there are unanswered questions … for starters …

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

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

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

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

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

A CAAN COMMENTATOR RAISES FURTHER ISSUES  …

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

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

-with the largest growing population

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

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

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

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

“…the Australian newspaper says:

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

“… WHILE …”

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

Sorry, but this CABAL won’t give up!

This has been a game of chess.

Watch out for their moves in Lands and Planning.

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

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

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

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

PHONE: 1800 679 121

Powerhouse.Parramatta@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au

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

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

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

Listen to his EVASIVE responses 🤨

He used the word “right now”!

Community Activists DID NOT FACTOR IN the LNP Government backdown!

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

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

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

Or …

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

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

A FURTHER QUESTION ARISES …

Who are the members of the Cabal?

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A NSW TAX Shake-Up to benefit Guess Who?? Ha ha … THE PROPERTY MARKET

CAAN Photo: Are these the sort of ‘homes’ and terraces, townhouses … etc that are proposed?

IT appears the next step following many by the Reps in Macquarie Street is to replace STAMP DUTY with a broad-based LAND TAX

AND what lies behind yet another manoeuvre is to entice people to sell their homes open up opportunities for developers to build more ‘homes’ (boxes/cells) and allegedly to make the NSW Guvmnt budget more manageable as spun in a draft on this government’s inquiry of federal financial relations

Included among 15 recommendations are a swap for LAND TAX, SCRAPPING STAMP DUTIES and GST changes

In 2018-19 the Berejiklian Government gained some $7 BILLION from ‘transfer duty’ but according to this inquiry it was an unstable derivation of income from raising 28% of tax revenue from transfer duty to fall by 14% a year later …

For those esp. ‘investors’ who buy and sell homes more frequently it is put that ‘they’ are paying for essential services and infrastructure … cough … cough …

😏

In 2018 in NSW some 2.8 million properties yet less than 200,000 home owners contributed through ‘transfer duty’

Because most stayed in their homes for decades … is this a move to encourage (or force) people to sell out and somehow improve housing affordability …

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ASK YOURSELF …


IS this Inquiry put together by the same guy that … when he was at Telstra he thought it was okay to insist all clients agree to pay their accounts by automatic deductions to retain their Telstra phone connection?

SHOULD we be wary of these ‘appointed’ persons telling us they have better ideas about collecting taxes?

CAN anyone ever remember not paying more tax?

DO these reviews ever result in us paying less tax?

WHY didn’t they put the same amount of energy into anomalies like:

-the cash economy  (aka ‘hot money’ or ‘black money’)

-tax havens like so-called  ‘Trusts’ (e.g. Family Trusts)

tax loopholes like so-called ‘deductions’

sham contracting

THE LIST goes on …

WHAT about doing something about:


money laundering in real estate (by implementing and enforcing the second tranche of the Anti-money laundering laws by removing the Real Estate gatekeepers exemption of Oct 2018)

proxy buying in real estate?  (ditto)

AND all the other tax evasion and tax avoidance happening across the economy?

DOES anyone believe these measures are no more than another BIG FAT TAX?

NOW … SHARE! 

TO enlighten others … by Facebook … share in an email to contacts … and raise this with others to enlighten them … unless you do …. and unless we kick up a Stink … nothing can change for the better!

Read more about this Inquiry

Under the Cover of COVID … Developments to accelerate through the new PDU!

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

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

View:

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

48 major projects assessed, finalised and fast-tracked

Despite this acceleration it is alleged that normal checks, balances or community consultation would not be bypassed!  Can you believe it?

It would seem that the Planning Department through its PDU can target projects shovel-ready within six months

-for 50,000 homes across Greater Sydney including:

.Parramatta Road Corridor

.St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan

.Glenfield

.Marsden Park North

The PDU to fast-track regional NSW projects

WHAT AND WHERE WILL BE NEXT?

READ MORE! “New Planning Unit to Remove Bottlenecks”

CAAN Photo: an apartment development underway in Lindfield …. repeated across Sydney

WAIT! THERE’S MORE … $4.7BN ACCELERATION FOR TRANCHE 3

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CAAN Photo: high-rise development underway view from Castle Towers

WAIT!  THERE’S MORE …  $4.7BN ACCELERATION FOR TRANCHE 3 … the ‘New Normal’ from NSW INC … even faster approvals with 19 more Projects!

-$1.2 Bn Victoria Cross Metro Station in North Sydney with an over-station development overseen by Lendlease

Included among the 19 extra projects are:

-a 60MW solar farm

-$64.3 M school in Camden

rezoning for a North Castle Hill Precinct

IS this why David Elliott hastened to talk in defence of his Hills Constituents?

BECAUSE with further rezoning … this time for the North Castle Hill Precinct … that many constituents may be upset by this … just as they were with the rezoning for the Crane Road Precinct?

AND …

Mulpha’s $1Bn Norwest  with 9 high-rise towers

FROM the PDF it records:

Amendment to The Hills LEP – 40 Solent Circuit Baulkham Hills

The Hills Shire Proposal to facilitate a mixed use development. This includes contributions towards upgrading Norwest Boulevard which is a regional road $235m 471 jobs Mulpha Norwest Pty Ltd

WHO are Mulpha?

Mulpha Group (“Mulpha”) is one of Australia’s most experienced real estate and hospitality investors with highly specialised operational management and development capability. The group also has an extensive portfolio of real estate, property development, hospitality, education, retirement, private equity and debt assets and invests in some of the fastest-growing and most vibrant economies in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the UK.

Search for: mulpha.com.au

From the Daily Telegraph: 19 Projects to be fast-tracked by NSW Government

The project was approved by the Hills Shire Council in December 2019.
Photo DT: Approved by the Hills Council in December 2019; to spoil Baulkham Hills!

View:

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/coronavirus-19-projects-to-be-fasttracked-by-nsw-government/news-story/7f252e2b1b146a4d1c3ef3c5668bb377?fbclid=IwAR2ZuQ3_tvFOMqKMkuJ8lCQJ3fx5FciacXCQd_DcToy9QySxiDawNnecL1M

Amendment to The Hills LEP – Cecil Avenue & Roger Avenue Castle Hill

The Hills Shire Proposal to increase housing supply close to transport, jobs and services.  Will also facilitate new regional road infrastructure and a new through site link from Cecil Avenue to Roger Avenue for the public. $140m 280 jobs Merc Capital

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Google Map: Roger Avenue Castle Hill

View:  Fast-tracked Assessments: Tranche Three

‘Major new rezoning for the North Castle Hill Precinct to create opportunities for new housing directly connected to Castle Hill commercial area.  The precinct will include enhanced ‘urban’ park spaces and parks with improved play equipment, picnic facilities, landscaping and seating.’

https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/-/media/Files/DPE/Other/fast-tracked-assessments-tranche-three-2020-06.pdf?la=en

-5000 ‘new homes’ in Parkwood

-$10M for Social Housing consisting of 41 affordable units for Gosford

THAT brings the total to 48 major projects assessed.

Planning Minister Stokes let it slip that NSW INC has simplified and fast-tracked its assessment process … developer lobby groups must be chuffed … for 8000 new homes, infrastructure and public spaces

READ MORE!

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NSW INC List For the Second Stage of Fast-Tracked Approvals

NSW INC says ‘Have Your Say’ … but is that where it ends? Cough … cough …

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CAAN Photo 21 June 2020

What happened to the thousands of community objections and calls to turn the former IBM site in West Pennant Hills, the Blue Gum High Forest and the Cumberland State Forest into a National Park to benefit everyone, and create more jobs?

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CAAN Photo 21 June 2020

WHO are the series of apartments and ‘micro-lot housing’ being developed for?

Surely not for more CCP party members who can fly in on the Pegasus? Those from Hong Kong or the sub-continent with its 1.3 Billion People?

But … but … but you can’t say that! It just so happens that Harry and his Mates have made it so … as the Top End of Town keep our Wages Down … down … down …

That’s how they like it … with Visa workers too … so hushed and willing to seek Permanent Residency …

Among the infamous quotes from HT are these! Just substitute ‘Chinese’ for ‘Overseas’ …

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

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

THE consequence was that ‘The Supply’ could not meet ‘The Foreign Demand’ … so now within ‘the proposed major changes to Foreign Investment’ … none are to be had for ‘real estate’ … of course!

AND there are millions … even billions of ‘foreign buyers’ for these high-rise boxes, townhouses, duplex … more fridges, washing machines to fly off the floor … and more tolls to be paid …

AS it becomes more difficult for Australians to keep or get jobs POST the Wuhan Pandemic of the CoronaVirus

IT makes a lota sense to the Top End of Town …

Protecting Your Suburban Environment spokeswoman Jan Primrose said the damage this development will cause to the Blue Gum High Forest and the Cumberland State Forest will be “irreversible”.

Demolishing an employment precinct capable of carrying over 2,000 people for the sake of 300 short term jobs with no ongoing employment does not make economic or social sense.”

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CAAN Photo: 21 June 2020

READ MORE!

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/covid19-fasttrack-development-all-tranche-two-western-sydney-approved-projects-revealed/news-story/3706c8950d87f78f666dd7ebbb905608

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CAAN Photos at 21 June 2020

DEICORP has resubmitted its Tallawong Town Centre Plans for 333 apartments

Having previously lodged plans for 375 apartments …

The company has submitted its design for Tallawong Station with Landcom having approved up to 1100 dwellings.

The first stage comprises a town centre, 333 apartments and 3,507 M2 of public space, designated a ‘state significant development site’ in August 2019.

Deicorp appears to be flourishing with a number of projects in the north-west of Sydney.

Stage 2 will provide an additional 654 dwellings … 48 km north-west of Sydney’s CBD

In April Rob Stokes revealed that ‘state significant’ housing developments would be fast-tracked to benefit this sector beyond the Pandemic crisis

There is now a second tranche of ‘shovel ready’ projects.

View:

https://theurbandeveloper.com/articles/shovel-ready-projects-kick-start-planning-reform-

https://theurbandeveloper.com/articles/nsw-fast-tracks-second-tranche-of-projects

Including the Ivanhoe Estate at Macquarie Park.

In November 2019 we asked the question:

WHY has Landcom appointed Deicorp for the Sydney Metro Tallawong Station Housing Project?

Read more:

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2019/11/05/rouse-hill-developer-deicorp-submits-plans-for-375-apartments/

To learn more about the latest Deicorp plans for Tallawong’s Town Centre, and its projects at Westmead and Rouse Hill Civic Way view this report from The Urban Developer:

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IS the CoronaVirus Pandemic the Point at which we reassess City Living?

LOOKS like it is time for Pollies, Planners and developers to pause … because …

The CoronaVirus has transformed our city living …

-from shared seating … trains and buses can no longer be full-up and nor can we huddle in cafes

-the Covid-19 a transformative stressor; it might never go away!

-many will want to have their say on the future of their cities

-on working from home with restricted movability

-pollies, planners and developers ought consult residents

-shifting priorities from jam-packed light rail or metro to developing more parks and social infrastructure

READ MORE!

Image: The coronavirus crisis could be the demise of our love affair with cities


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NSW Building Industry Watchdog warns Phoenix operators not to manipulate the NSW government’s construction push to keep the economy running

The NSW government is moving to fast-track planning processes to boost construction in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The NSW government is moving to fast-track planning processes to boost construction in response to the COVID-19 crisis.CREDIT:JAMES BRICKWOOD

WILL a warning from the NSW Building Watchdog to shonky builders prove adequate? 

AFTERALL … one must question why NSW INC has struggled to implement the building industry reforms recommended by the Shergold-Weir Report over two years ago … and that of Michael Lambert?

WHAT or WHO have been stopping them?

IS it the Boss at the top of the pile? The UnderBoss, the Consigliere, Caporegime or Soldiers … or Associates?

Why hasn’t the Clerk of Works position been restored for these high-rise and Precinct developments?

Angus Thompson and Matt O’Sullivan write, ‘Dodgy builders warned against exploiting coronavirus construction push’

PRIOR to this Leith Van Onselen in his article, ‘NSW Government lets dodgy builders off the hook’

Referred to …

‘Geoff Hanmer, Adjunct Lecturer in Architecture at UNSW, claims that proposed NSW Government reforms to building certification will let dodgy developers off the hook.

The New South Wales government is struggling to implement building industry reforms recommended by the Shergold-Weir report over two years ago.

Developers are home free in its proposed legislation; the Design and Building Practitioners Bill doesn’t even mention them. They still appear to be in a position to collect the profits and then phoenix themselves if something goes wrong.’

HOWEVER, now it seems Mr Hanmer has been listened to!   Because as revealed in this report of Angus Thompson and Matt O’Sullivan, ‘Dodgy builders warned against exploiting coronavirus construction push

‘NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler said the government’s plans to improve building quality, a separate legislative reform, would ensure there would be no “lessening of standards” in the sector while it sought to push through development applications during the COVID-19 crisis.

“I see all of this as terribly complementary,” Mr Chandler said.

He added that a planned tool to identify “risky players” would help detect operators, including companies that close down and reopen as another to avoid debts and other liabilities, who would otherwise exploit the economic climate.

“Anybody who’s been involved in phoenixing is going to get very, very early and intense attention,” he said.

The government is moving to fast track significant developments, rezonings and development applications, and make more ministerial approvals, in a bid to stimulate the economy.

Mr Stokes said the government was redirecting resources and fast-tracking the assessment of projects that create jobs and investment.

“Let me be very clear: this process is not about approving projects without merit,” he said.

“This is about identifying the best projects to promote jobs and opportunity in the right places for the people of NSW, through the same stringent safeguards and community consultation that ordinarily apply.”

In response to the Urban Taskforce list of ‘shovel-ready’ housing projects, Bates  Smart architect and government advisor, Matt Davis raised the concern that the push to stimulate economic growth could come at a cost to good design.

‘City of Sydney councillor and architect Philip Thalis echoed Mr Davis’s sentiments, warning that fast tracking projects would save only a matter of weeks or months but leave Sydney stuck with developments for a long time.

“The government needs to be very careful about what they fast track, the last thing we need to be fast tracking are deals for developer mates,” he said.

Labor planning spokesman Adam Searle said:

” … If fast tracking means you don’t adhere to the existing planning controls or you reduce the standards, then you will simply be dooming us to the mistakes of the past. We have to learn the lessons of Mascot and Opal towers,” he said.

If one views the URBAN TASKFORCE most recent list of ‘shovel-ready’ projects among the developers listed are those that have gained some notoriety … to say the least …

https://www.urbantaskforce.com.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/200408-Treasury-DPIE-Submission-Public-version-1.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3WqEvU3XDRmUs1q-Sv3apKvxWZUR66CG3fQ3VI5NfKjwRkYdBw-0_ylbw

READ MORE! SOURCE: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/dodgy-builders-warned-against-exploiting-coronavirus-construction-push-20200414-p54jqm.html

NSW building commissioner David Chandler.
NSW building commissioner David Chandler.CREDIT:AAP