A new waste system to be introduced in 2014-15 will create a major change in the way we deal with our household rubbish.
SHOROC (a partnership between the councils that make up the region of the Northern Beaches) will phase in a new waste collection system in order to increase recycling and keep costs to ratepayers down. The new system will include all households in Mosman, Manly, Warringah and Pittwater. The main changes will be:
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It is understood that Sydney Water is in the process of preparing the sale of its old water tank site at Fairlight for redevelopment.
Locals are concerned that this large block, equivalent to three home sites, could have a detrimental effect on their suburb.
The latest information is that the land has not been sold yet as it needs to be remediated first. Sydney Water heritage architects have drawn up sample plans for a set of two storey townhouses including the preservation of the heritage brickwork.
Locals are concerned that once the sold is sold, private developers will want to 'overdevelop' the area. What do you think should happen to the site?
__Manly's Independent Assessment Panel (MIAP) has rejected the plans by TMG Developments to add a further four restaurants, and shops, to Manly Wharf.
Local residents have fought long and hard against the proposal which would have seen a further 1,000 people using facilities on the site.
The $6.97 million plan, which was recommend by Council staff, was seeking a $5.379 million "community contribution" from Council and the development was not required to provide any additional parking. Fortunately MIAP had the sense to reject the proposal. Will TMG take it to the Land & Environment Court next?
SEE THE BOTTOM ON THIS BLOG FOR A COPY OF THE DECISION FROM MIAP
TMG Developments have changed the roof design of their proposal to add another floor to a section of Manly Wharf - from a saw-toothed effect to a flat roof.
Although the design of a building is always important, it's not the issue here. What locals are really concerned about is another 1,000 people at four additional restaurants in what is already a very confined space. (The Police have already expressed concerns on how they would manage it)
This proposal would also add more noise, possible anti-social behaviour and more litter to an environmentally sensitive area.
MIAP decision delayed until February 2012.
The Manly Independent Assessment Panel (MIAP) delayed its decision regarding the DA proposal for Manly Wharf until February following the receipt of late information which needed to be reviewed.
Minister Waives Master Plan requirement
Richard Hewitt from Fairlight precinct reports that the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Brad Hazzard, has waived the requirement for a master plan for development at Manly Wharf Hotel and Restaurant, at East Esplanade on the basis "the proposed development will affect only a small proportion of the site".
As Richard points out – the DA proposal adds a whole extra storey to one third of the site; adds 1,100 more patrons on the wharf until 1am in an area the Police Commander can't police, and is adjacent to a major little penguin nesting site.
This DA is likely to go to MIAP in December.
Do you think the Minister should have waived the master plan requirement? What do you think of the proposal to add a further four restaurants to the wharf area?
Have you seen the new proposal for Manly Wharf?
It includes an extra level on the eastern side to accommodate a further four restaurants. The current restaurants and hotel are fantastic and are all well run - do we honestly need another four with 1,000 plus patrons on this already confined site?
What do you think?
(If you have concerns a local protest rally is planned for Sunday 7 August @ 2pm at the Wharf. Organiser: Angelika Treichler 9976-2176 or 0431 890 678 ) See Events section for photos from the Rally
Update: The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has confirmed that in their view "Council has misconstrued our guidance" in relation to public access to Development Applications. They also stated that "Local councils have an obligation to proactively publish information about development applications (whenever created), including the associated documents received, and decisions made, in relation to developments". The OIC also stated that they will "contact Council directly to assist Council in meeting its obligations under the GIPA Act" in relation to open access information.
Want to view a development application with Manly Council? Make sure you have plenty of time!
It's no longer available on their website like all other Councils in NSW. In Manly you have to fill in a form, wait up to three weeks, and then view it at the council chambers. Another example of their lack of transparency & bureaucracy! And don't believe the line that it's due to 'copyright & privacy' ......
I've been told by the Office of the Information Commissioner that DAs are "additional open access information and must be made publicly available".
Council's new approach completely overlooks the rights of the public to have easy and accessible access to information.
What do you think? Is this bureaucracy gone mad?
Latest Update: 23/3/12: I have received confirmation from the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) that they are investigating this matter. (Reference No. IPC12-000132) Let's see what they have to say.
As reported in The Australian (10/4/12), veteran Sydney property developer Phillip Wolanski is behind a new consortium called Spring Cove Developments which has won the development rights from the Catholic Church to compete the final stage on land surrounding the former St Patrick's seminary at Spring Cove, following withdrawal from the project by Lend Lease.
It has been reported that the church will finance the project to the tune of around $200m and the substantial development will comprise houses and apartments in what is considered by locals as environmentally sensitive, pristine waterfront land.
Locals at Little Manly first become aware that the development may be underway again when a number of mature trees where felled recently.
Local environmental groups and residents will be working overtime to ensure that environmental controls are met, and penguin habitat protected, during development.
If you want to know what was approved by the Council previously, too bad! The Council's latest controls of information means that no DAs older than 14 days can be accessed on the website. You can however fill out a two page form, lodge it and wait about 3 weeks to view it at the Council Chambers .....
Council's flurry of new signs in The Corso have left locals scratching their heads. Why so many and why so authoritarian? And can someone please explain why a "No Entry" sign at a plaza intersection is necessary? For the small window of time that market stalls are set up here surely a ranger can keep an eye on things rather than have this dominating sign discouraging easy access by pedestrians.
What do you think? Does Manly have too many negative signs? Are these new signs necessary?
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor, Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations & community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.