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RURAL TOWN BID NEEDS SCRUTINY

Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today said that the CLP Government has known of the Noonamah Ridge proposal since December 2013, failed to consult with the community, and is now rushing the proposal through a special development process. 

 

“The proposed Noonamah Ridge development will be twice the size of Katherine,” Ms Lawrie said.

 

“The Developer’s proposal states they have engaged in extensive consultation with the CLP Government, and 'the response to the development has been overwhelming positive…'.

 

“Unbelievably, Adam Giles is claiming no involvement with the development telling ABC radio this morning he is ‘not aware of any proposal that’s come to Government to date’.

 

“It is inconceivable that the Chief Minister does not know of this significant proposal that has been dealt with at the highest hands of Government for almost 12 months."

 

Ms Lawrie said the CLP Government had form on ignoring proper planning processes.

 

“How can a developer choose where and what they want to develop in the Territory without following our planning scheme and established land use objectives?” Ms Lawrie asked.

 

“This is a new town and its development threatens the rural amenity that the current residents now enjoy with the lot sizes in the proposal being as small as 800sq metres – the same size as house blocks our suburbs.

 

"The infrastructure and service burdens on Government are significant across transport, health, police, fire and emergency services and education to name a few.


“Labor had, with extensive public consultation planned our next township of Weddell that included affordable housing options and was accepted by the community.

 

“On winning government, the CLP scrapped Weddell, which from a planning perspective was ready for development, stalling new housing options.

 

“The CLP are riding roughshod over planning schemes and regional land use plans that have been developed in partnership with the community, replacing them with special CLP developments and spot re-zonings.

 

“The CLP need to stop breaching the trust of Territorians and return to thorough planning processes rather than dangerous short cuts."

 

 

Media contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667


CLP SNUB OF LOCAL DEVELOPERS DELAYS HOUSING

Opposition Leader, Delia Lawrie, says she is concerned about delays to the release of the suburb of Zuccoli due to the CLP Government’s focus on interstate developers over local businesses.

Ms Lawrie said tender assessment for the development of this new suburb commenced in July and now, in October, local developers appear to be out of the running.

“The industry is concerned the CLP Government is focused on bringing in an interstate developer to deliver Zuccoli Stage 3 and 4, over local developers with local experience and an existing workforce,” Ms Lawrie said.

“The CLP Government is ignoring the expertise of local companies that employ Territorians and invest back in the Territory.

“Every delay to the capital works program is making it harder for established Territory companies to maintain their workforce, risking local jobs.

“The extensive delays to tenders blow out the timelines for construction of new housing at Zuccoli, affecting building companies and homebuyers."

Ms Lawrie said Zuccoli is part of a four-suburb expansion of Palmerston East, planned and funded by the previous Labor Government, including Bellamack, Johnston, Zuccoli and Mitchell.

“Many local companies delivered the civil works for earlier stages of Palmerston East and the CLP Government should be focused on applying the expertise of local companies to the next stage of Zuccoli," Ms Lawrie said.

“This comes on top of the release of Berrimah Farm and the Government’s international developer approach, which will cut local developers out and reduce the capacity for competition in the market, achievable when releasing multiple parcels for development."

 

Media Contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667


CHANDLER PUTS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPERS BEFORE LOCALS
Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie says she is appalled that Planning and Lands Minister Peter Chandler is promoting international developers above our experienced and competent locals for the Berrimah Farm suburban development.
Ms Lawrie said there were significant Territory developers with the necessary expertise and labour force to redevelop Berrimah Farm.
“Twice in his media release Peter Chandler refers to international developers which is a slap in the face to our local developers that have literally built the Territory,” Ms Lawrie said.
“Why doesn’t the CLP support the companies that have supported the Territory?”
“At a time when Territory developers are crying out for Government projects, it’s insulting to see that the Government is looking overseas for developers.”
Ms Lawrie said that the CLP had dusted off Labor plans to redevelop Berrimah Farm but failed to do the job properly by decanting and dismantling Berrimah Gaol due to their failed justice policies.
“Berrimah Farm will not be a quick redevelopment because it is known for its levels of contamination and the possibility of unexploded World War II ordinances,” Ms Lawrie said.
“Will the Berrimah Farm redevelopment include plans for a transport hub to ensure a bus depot and interchange given the importance of its location to the transport corridor?
“The CLP Government was foolish to scrap the City of Weddell which had gone through the consultation and strategic planning phases.
“The CLP missed the chance to have a yield of 10,000 lots by 2016 and instead are chasing the Berrimah Farm redevelopment that won’t avert a housing crisis by 2016.”
 
Media Contact: Michael Gleeson 0400 096 924

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