Battle lost, war on Anson St development continues

More than 200 residents attend a Land and Environment Court hearing at St Georges Basin in September.
More than 200 residents attend a Land and Environment Court hearing at St Georges Basin in September.

The community’s first battle against the “uncharacteristic” development to be built on Anson Street has been lost, but part of the development that will impact the community significantly has not been approved yet.

St Georges Basin resident Maureen Webb said the community was disappointed with the Land and Environment Court’s first decision, but they will soldier on and do everything they can to prevent approval of 380 apartments – 14 four-storey blocks in their town.

They have not lost hope, and do not see the first decision as an indication of what will be decided in upcoming months.

“Two blocks are bad enough,” Mrs Webb said.

“From what I’m hearing having 14 is a totally different thing, it should be treated differently.

“The issues are magnified, 380 units will present a bigger problem.”

There will be a conciliation conference in December, where residents will speak to the commissioner, and voice objections on the project.

Before that, residents will gather their ideas at the Basin Villages Forum Meeting at the Meriton Street Community Centre on November 20 at 7.15pm.