Mayor supports community to have promised playground

Gwandalan residents gathered at the site of their deleted playground to call for assistance from Central Coast CouncilGwandalan residents gathered at the site of their deleted playground to call for assistance from Central Coast Council

Mayor Jane Smith has offered her support to members of the Gwandalan community who have been campaigning to have a proposed playground restored to their residential housing estate.

At the June 12 ordinary meeting of Central Coast Council, Mayor Smith moved that the Acting CEO investigate options for the provision of a local playground in the vicinity of a recent subdivision near Kanangra Dve, Gwandalan. She also asked staff to report on the balance of the Section 94 contributions from the subdivision, the status of work on Tunkawallin Park, and opportunities to reallocate funding to the provision of a local park and options to amend the section 94 plan to provide opportunities for funding to be allocated to open space. The Mayor’s notice of motion also called for a consultation meeting to be held with local residents to discuss options. Mayor Smith requested a report back to Council on the above issues by the last ordinary meeting in July.

She also called for Council to review its policies in relation to the provision of playgrounds, particularly recognising the benefits of providing local playgrounds. “On May 3, 2011, the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) granted approval to an application made under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979, by Lakeside Living Pty Ltd (a Rose Property Group company), for the subdivision of 187 residential lots at Kanangra Dve, Gwandalan,” Mayor Smith said in support of her motion.

“The approval related to the subdivision of the site into a total of 190 lots comprising: 187 residential lots; two lots for public open space; one residual lot for the existing main dwelling on the site and stormwater management works to service the subdivision; associated bulk earthworks; infrastructure including roads, drainage works and utility services provision; and public domain landscaping. “Local residents have raised concerns about the lack of a local playground which was originally intended as part of the subdivision,” she said. As reported previously in the Wyong Regional Chronicle, the promised park was deleted as part of an amendment to the development application.

Source: Agenda item 7.1, Jun 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting

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