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Suffolk ‘Mega-Development’

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Clearly, there will be significant impacts on stormwater, waste disposal, traffic, pedestrian safety, emergency services, parking, and habitat for endangered species.

Recent serious flooding exposed Suffolk Park’s vulnerability to climate change. With its inadequate infrastructure, businesses and houses were inundated, and Clifford Street turned into a river. Yet the DA’s water management system will ultimately direct water overflows out to Clifford Street!

Gridlock already dominates daily traffic flows along Clifford Street. This poses a potentially life-threatening situation when emergency services and residents have only ONE already congested street for exiting and entering Suffolk Park.

I am incredulous that the DA claims that ‘traffic issues can be adequately mitigated’. How? So far, Council has been unable to solve this problem.

Only 41 car spaces are provided, so increased parking on local streets can only exacerbate parking and pedestrian risks.

This DA will demolish nine existing affordable homes, to be replaced by 12 units labelled ‘affordable housing’, at ‘80 per cent of the market rate’. 25 trees will be removed, some that are protected; it will destroy the habitats of endangered species, e.g. koalas and black cockatoos.

The words of Joni Mitchell’s song of warning are salient here, as ‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’.

Please consider making a submission to Council before the deadline on 28 June.

Tony Christie and Odette Quigley, Suffolk Park

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