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April 23, 2021

Kollective overdevelopment

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The Kollective group of developers have purchased a parcel of land behind the Lilly Pilly Preschool at Bayside, Brunswick Heads. The land size in 2018 would have allowed approximately six house lots. Today, apparently it is able to house a grocery store, a cafe, six shopfronts with upper accommodation as well as a ‘new generation’ boarding house of 48 rooms.

This is named The Corso, a proposed neighbourhood centre. The Kollective state: this space intends to satisfy the increasing demand for people looking to live and work nearby. Nearby? Nearby where? Work? Available where? Where nearby?

The Kollective state: therefore removing unwanted commutes and car ownership, whilst re-establishing small dependable communities. Oh please! They say no need to own a car, no need to have unwanted commutes. How do they expect these future tenants to get to the so-called nearby jobs? Ahhh, bicycles of course, no need to own a car. 

They state that rental rates and terms will remain strictly confidential, hmmm will tenants be made to sign a non-disclosure form (NDF)? Interesting! Wow, so much for us residents to look forward to; a convenient grocery store. Will they be Aldi comparative? A quiet neighbourhood centre, where only bicycles pass. 

If I rent a shop, will I have to sign a NDF? Well confidentially, I’m not convinced any of this is suitable for Bayside, a small residential community where these residents have to rely on a car to go to work, supermarket, doctors, hospitals and to visit families.

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