Government abandons

Peat Island development

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch has welcomed the news that the NSW Government has withdrawn its development application for Peat Island.

3 June 2022


AFTER Central Coast Council received numerous letters from local residents, following up on their submissions about the Peat Island development, Council’s planning department has now advised that the “Planning Proposal has since been withdrawn” and in turn “Council will not make a determination on the proposal, and the development will no longer proceed”.


Liesl Tesch supports the community in the knowledge that it is crucial to get development of this exquisite location correct, and to their credit the community fought hard to push back against the Government’s overdevelopment proposal.


Community members should be congratulated for their dogged pursuit to see this development quashed and Central Coast Council planning department should also receive some recognition for their diligent oversight.


“After 10 years and four attempts, the community has sent the New South Wales Government back to the drawing board,” said Ms. Tesch.


“This is a massive victory for the Central Coast community , especially the people of Mooney Mooney and Brooklyn and for the beautiful Hawkesbury River.


“The proposal was quite large for a section of the community with very limited infrastructure.


“The community made it very clear that they need to be consulted from the beginning for planning for this incredibly sensitive and important gateway to the Hawkesbury River.”


Ms. Tesch also criticised the Government for wasting taxpayers money on planning and development and also cost-shifting supervision of the dumped development onto Central Coast Council for over a decade.


“This news is welcome however the question remains as to how much money has The NSW Government forced Central Coast Council and local taxpayers to waste on countless plans and consultations on top of the to oversee this planning proposal,” said Ms Tesch.


“The NSW Government has left ten years of planning costs at the feet of local ratepayers with zero outcomes for our community. It has been clear from the outset that the community should have been involved from the very beginning in the design process.”

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