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Massive 148 lot Bruns subdivision open for comment

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The subdivision development application (DA) at Bayside is to create 145 residential lots, one medium density lot, two ‘lifestyle lots’, two public reserve lots, associated roads and other infrastructure, over seven stages of development.

Lot sizes range from around 457m2 to 600m2, and include a handful of larger lots at around 800m2. 

According to the bushfire report within the DA, the property is approximately 31ha in area and is ‘bordered to the east by Simpsons Creek, to the south by coastal heath and scrub within general rural lands, to the west by the buffer to the Pacific Highway, and to the north by existing residential developments. The land form is generally flat with a slight fall towards Simpsons Creek’. 

The developers are Ian Fraser and Daniel McLaughlin from Codlea Pty Ltd, and the cost to complete is estimated at $4,805,684. 

Endangered frog zone 

A Wallum Froglet Management Plan (WFMP) is included in the DA.

Documents that ‘may be required’ to be submitted include: landscaping plans, erosion and sediment control, storm water plans and calculations, OSMS reports/plans, heritage management and SEPP 55 contamination report.

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  1. I was in the area of the development the other day down by simpsons creek, and guess what I saw! A small group (4-6) of the critically endangered subspecies of the Red tailed black cockatoos having a lovely feed on the casurinas in the area. Get this: ‘The NSW Scientific Committee in its final determination on the status of the species in NSW accepted only four apparently valid records all in the far north-east of the state’
    That means these little fellas will disappear for good very shortly if we don’t take action and they are not looked after.


    Such beautiful birds hanging out peacefully doing their thing. I have been there a few times now and have seen them there, so they don’t seem to be just travelers.

    No doubt a development this size will impact the surrounding areas flora and fauna. I would like to find out more information.
    I don’t begrudge development but we need to be thinking and acting on new developments that can minimise our impacts- are we going to be having the same old brick veneerial (disease) erected?!! Not just green wash, but the real deal. What is it going to be? Human centered development or life centered development??
    The Red tailed Black Cockatoos doesn’t have much time to wait for us to make up our minds…..


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