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During community access last Thursday, Cr Polglase failed to excuse himself from a clear conflict of interest in regard to the Noble Lakeside development expansion despite his position as onsite manager.

Residents were forced to express their concerns in front of him after they had already been threatened with higher rents if they did not support the development.

If this is how Cr Polglase treats his own elderly residents, you can imagine how he treats the rest of the shire.

What a way to treat the existing, mostly elderly, residents, who bought their properties with the stated promise that the nature trail would be preserved.

If this application is approved, the leafy estate they bought into will become just a high-density concrete jungle.

Council staff  have again recommended approval despite the Joint Regional Planning Panel unanimously refusing the staff recommendation for approval last time and the court appeal upholding the JRPP’s decision.

The report commissioned by the JRPP disagreed with council’s original assessment and described the impacts as ‘drastic and substantial; removing a current natural outlook and replacing it with a highly dense urban outlook’.

In addressing community access, the applicant’s son, Roger Noble, advised that the nature trail was only ever promised as a required buffer for a turf farm that was to treat sewage effluent, but now this turf farm was not going ahead, the buffer was no longer required and the development is permissible.

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  1. As a resident of Noble Lakeside I have never been threatened with a higher level of rent based on support or not of the development.


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