A New South Wales south coast community is demanding public consultation over a proposal to rezone rural land for a seniors’ living centre in the Shoalhaven.
The Colys Group has plans to build hundreds of dwellings and a 40 unit tourist hotel in Quirk Street in the Kangaroo Valley.
The valley’s community organisation says the Shoalhaven council will consider rezoning the land at its meeting next week.
President Barbara Woodney says residents are furious because they do not want the facility on the 20 hectare block of land.
“I would hope that we can convince our council that we deserve proper community consultation. Quite clearly there is a demand for retirement lifestyle in the Kangaroo Valley but we believe this is not the site. Let’s talk about where something could properly go,” she said.
Ms Woodney says rezoning the land will essentially be approving the plans.
“The developer has requested the rezoning to facilitate the development. There’s been no community consultation about this,” she said.
“It was previewed at the development committee on Tuesday night with a recommendation to proceed with the rezoning and while the developers had all the opportunities to present his case, the community has had nothing.”