- Published on Monday, 16 July 2012 18:35
The community has earmarked the entire 2ha site for much needed public open space. However Council's position from the beginning was that half of the site should instead be used for medium density housing AND THIS HAS NOT CHANGED. Consequently half of the site is zoned Residential 1. There is no community mandate for this.
SunRRA has written to the ministers pointing out “The proximity of the Sunvale site to the town centre and future high rise apartments coupled with a lack of open space in and around the town centre increases the dire consequences of the health and well being of future residents if proper planning of this open space is not successful.”
We have reaffirmed our position: “SunRRA believes that the success of integrating higher density housing within the Sunshine town centre hinges on local amenities the most important being quality open space and parkland that can accommodate the projected population growth beyond 2030.”
SunRRA is asking the Liberal state government to invest in the health of our community, which is currently among the worst in the state.
Sunshine residents have done their part. In May 2012 BCC's administrators resolved to try to buy that part of the site zoned Public Use. The decision to buy the land recognises two things:
- Sunshine is deficient in the provision of public open space
- high density residential development has already been approved for the Sunshine CBD
"Council's current position is that the highest and best use of that part of the site currently zoned for public use is as public open space."
Council has not asked the state government to gift the other half of the site. In fact Council is silent on advocating on behalf of Sunshine residents on this. Councils lame excuse that the part zoned residential valuation would be too expensive is correct but does not abdicate Councils responsibility to lobby the state government to donate this portion to the people of Sunshine.
NEARLY THREE YEARS after the school closed, there is still nothing to suggest the site will be used for a park. Council has made an offer for part of the site, but we still don't know if the offer has been accepted.
SunRRA recognises that Sunvale needs a political solution from the highest levels of government, because if left to standard planning processes, the site would be used for housing. Standard planning processes cannot hold sway in this matter. A political decision must be made.