We’ve had another big win in the fight to save Little Bay!
And it’s a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to protect our local area from overdevelopment.
Meriton’s persistent plans to transform our beautiful coastal spot into a high-rise residential zone have been successfully opposed, thanks to the intervention of the Minns Labor Government.
This event marks the third time that Meriton’s attempts for the rezoning of Little Bay have been thwarted.
The project proposed a substantial residential development, with over 1000 dwellings on our beachfront – an area with significant Aboriginal heritage and breathtaking natural beauty.
This victory would not have been possible without the hard work and determination of the Save Little Bay community group who have run a fantastic grass roots campaign. Well done to all involved.
The influential roles of Michael Daley MP in State Parliament, Dylan Parker, the former Mayor of Randwick, and a number of local Labor councillors have been pivotal.
Their robust advocacy, in combination with the community’s firm stance against the overdevelopment, have played a key role.
The decision by the Minns Labor Government not to include Meriton’s Little Bay Cove site under the state-assessed planning proposal pathway industry nomination pilot is a welcome one.
Our community understands and accepts the need for urban growth.
However, we believe in sensible and sustainable development that doesn’t compromise our natural surroundings and cultural heritage.
Meriton’s proposed development lacked insight into important aspects such as public transport, social infrastructure, and proximity to employment opportunities.
It’s essential to remember that urban growth must be carefully planned, balancing housing needs with the preservation of natural spaces.
This latest decision helps set a precedent for future development proposals, emphasising the need for well-considered planning strategies.
It is a significant win for our community and highlights the strength of community.
We remain committed to ensuring sustainable development that respects our environment and caters to the needs of our thriving city.
Matt Thistlethwaite is the Federal Member for Kingsford Smith.