Regional Development Application – RA17/1000
Island Point Road (Anson St), ST Georges Basin - Lots 1 & 6 - DP 1082382 - DP 1082382

• Provided below are some point to use when writing your letters Hon Shelley Hancock.

1/57 Plunkett St, Nowra NSW 2541

PO Box 1436 NOWRA NSW 2541
Member of the Legislative Assembly Member for South Coast Speaker Member of the Liberal Party
Points to consider:
* High Density housing in a village environment totally inappropriate.
*  Inadequate infrastructure for such a development
* The context of 14 4 x storey High Rise buildings against single storey stand alone housing
* Increased traffic on already inadequate roads systems
* Lack of transport options
*  Lack of employment options.
* Totally out of character with the entire Shoalhaven
Implore the Minister to use her considerable power within the State Government to reduce the height of buildings permitted on only these 2 lots in the whole region from 13 metres back to 11metres which is city-wide. Our Council voted unanimously in December to have the zoning reduced. It needs the Planning MInister's Gateway Decision

UPDATE 6th October 2017. Anson Street, St Georges Basin – Land and Environment Court – Class 1 Appeal – Masterplan
The Class 1 appeal concerning the proposed masterplan was filed in the Land and Environment Court on 29 June 2017.   The matter has been before the Court on a couple of occasions for directions and the Court has now directed the matter be listed for Conciliation Conference on 7 December 2017.   The Conciliation Conference will take place on or near the site.  Council will be in touch with residents shortly with respect to the precise details of venue, time and resident requirements closer to the date.

To read Hon Shelley Hancock’s Submission, download the pdf - shelley's submission


Below is speech to Parliament, by The Hon. Shelley Hancock, Member for South Coast (taken from Hansard recording)

Ms SHELLEY HANCOCK ( South Coast ) ( 18:09 ): “St Georges Basin is a beautiful village in my electorate of South Coast. Like many other smaller villages and towns, it is quiet, pristine and relaxing and comprises low-key residential areas. It is much like so many other villages and towns on the South Coast. Our communities have fought hard on many fronts and on many occasions to retain the character of their towns and villages—I have joined them—and to prevent overdevelopment of their area. They do not want the kind of development that has occurred further to our north in places like Shellharbour or even further north on the Central Coast and the North Coast. They do not want the amenity of their neighbourhoods spoiled nor their lifestyle affected.
The South Coast is a favoured destination for tourists. Hence, for decades we have seen many developers bring forward in some cases inappropriate developments that are completely out of character with our towns and villages. The battle has indeed been ongoing to prevent the destruction of everything we love about our area. Yet, the South Coast continues to grow and to develop, with new subdivisions proceeding in areas around Nowra and Ulladulla. There have been rare objections from the community due to the recognition that we need to grow and build our communities. We are a sensible, balanced community, and we know by instinct what feels wrong, what looks wrong and what is wrong.
I refer tonight to a development proposal in St Georges Basin for 13 four- storey residential flat buildings 13 metres high, one four-storey mixed use residential and commercial building 13 metres high, and one two-storey mixed-use residential and commercial building seven metres high. The residential buildings will contain a mix of two- and three-bedroom apartments to give a proposed total of 88 two-bedroom and 292 three-bedroom apartments, giving a total of 380 apartments in a quiet residential street. In Wollongong or Sydney, or further to the north, this application would no doubt be welcomed because it represents more than $1 million of development in the area. It would in no way be out of character with existing and surrounding development in other regions. However, in St Georges Basin, a small village, this application has been resoundingly rejected by the community at well-attended public meetings because it is simply out of character in this quiet residential area. In my view, it should also rejected by the Southern Joint Regional Panel, which will be the consenting authority.
Residents have been invited to make submissions to Shoalhaven City Council, and I encourage them to do so. Complacency may result in the approval of this project because after an error of judgment by a previous council, the height limits in this area were raised to 13 metres as part of the local environment plan [LEP] review in 2012. While the community is concerned about the LEP issues in relation to height, they recognise and have been informed by council that the development complies with the current mapped building heights that were adopted by Shoalhaven City councillors, contrary to staff recommendations. To their credit, the council staff have submitted a proposal to change the mapped building heights and have been asked by the Department of Planning and Environment for further information to justify this alteration to the recently reviewed Shoalhaven LEP.
However, the matter is now before the Land and Environment Court for mediation. It may then be referred to the Joint Regional Planning Panel [JRPP] for determination. This process is independent of the State Government and the Minister for Planning. It does have two Shoalhaven City Council representatives, who should convey the community's serious concerns during its deliberations. In addition, I will be submitting an objection to the proposal to the JRRP, and I encourage all residents to do the same. My objection will be based on loss of amenity, traffic, overshadowing, inadequate parking on site, and lack of infrastructure in the area to cope with an additional 1,000 residents to this small village.
My experience and support of my local communities in the past at Currarong, where a most inappropriate development was proposed, at the small village of Tomerong, where a huge tip was proposed, and at Milton, where the Shoalhaven City Council wanted to close the local library, have indicated to me that if the community unites and fights for what it believes in, it can win. In this case, I think it can. The St Georges Basin development proposal is completely out of character and would impact on the amenity and character of the village. It must be rejected out of hand.”

Email submissions to or posted to Shoalhaven City Council  PO Box 42 Nowra and marked as comment on RA17/1000 Island Point Rd (Anson St) St Georges Basin.