Crown Lands push for rezoning defeated after residents protest

A PUSH by Crown Lands to have a parcel of land rezoned residential has been thwarted.

Instead, the land, between Kinghorn and Currarong roads, will be zoned E2 Environmental Conservation under the new Local Environment Plan.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock paid tribute to the Currarong community for its campaign against rezoning the land.

“This is a massive win for residents of Currarong and I wish to congratulate the community for their efforts in making their voices heard,”she said.

“The community’s efforts certainly helped and gave me strong justification to argue the case to the NSW government.  In addition, it has been the Currarong Progress Association, led by Peter Cumes, which has led this battle and they, too, are to be congratulated.”

Over the past six months the zoning issue became the subject of deliberations between Crown Lands, which wanted the rezoning to increase the value of its land, and the Department of Planning.   

“After many discussions with the Department of Planning, I reminded them once again that the Currarong community were vehement in their opposition to a potential residential zoning land which would have destroyed the village amenity,” Mrs Hancock said.

“With two government agencies in opposition to each other, the situation was precarious and I reminded the regional director of planning that he had the authority to override Crown Lands – and he did.”

Mr Cumes said the community was delighted with the outcome.

“We are pleased commonsense prevailed and land was able to be preserved as a natural vegetation corridor,” he said.

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