266 Newport Road, Cooranbong NSW 2265

Demolition (Dwelling House and Structures), Vegetation Removal, Bulk Earthworks and Service Station with Food and Drink Premises (Drive-thru)

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website about 2 months ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: Lake Macquarie City Council, reference DA/29/2021)

42 Comments

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  1. Natalie commented

    In consideration of the local community as a whole, where this site will be located, and the growing population - consideration should be given to include an access point to the Service station from Newport Road.
    This will both support the growing local community where the subject property is proposed, support additional amenities via the service station to the local community which will otherwise be inaccessible amenities if there is no local road access point or new local M1 access point at the site.
    This would also further support traffic management throughout the Morisset/Cooranbong/Dora Creek areas, into the future, to provide an additional M1 access point.

  2. Jay Heginbotham commented

    The placing of an access road or on off ramp for both north and south bound lanes of the M1 to Newport road will ease through traffic congestion to morrisett Cooranbong and dora Creek. Will also give this large rapidly growing community access to the M1 and availability to use the facilities supplied by the new service centres.
    This would also supply an alternative detour for heavy traffic on m1 after highway closed from accidents etc.
    We need to consider the the thoughts of future over population of the area and have plans in place to accommodate.

  3. Loredana Burton commented

    The placing of an on and off ramp for both north and south bound lanes of the M1 to Newport road will ease through traffic congestion in Morisset, Cooranbong and Dora Creek. This will also aid in the rapidly growing community access to the M1 and availability to use the facilities supplied by the new service centres.
    The on & off ramps from the M1 would also supply an alternative detour for heavy traffic on M1 after highway closed from accidents. We need this infrastructure for the ever growing surrounding area (new housing estate under construction in the close vicinity off Coorumbung Rd) & have plans in place to accommodate this.

  4. Lizzy Romei commented

    The placing of an on and off ramp for both north and south bound lanes of the M1 to Newport road will traffic congestion in Morisset, Cooranbong and Dora Creek and help the rapidly growing community in Cooranbong access to the M1 and availability to use the facilities supplied by the new service centres.

  5. Dani commented

    The community would benefit from access to both of these from Newport Road and access to M1 on/off ramps.

    It would be the perfect time to do this with the growing community and developments.

  6. Kiri Johnson commented

    It’s great to see an additional petrol station and food service on the M1. This will bring jobs for the local community and ease congestion at the existing twin service stations. In order for the local community to access these places of work with ease, an on/off ramp connecting Newport Road is a logical inclusion in the plans. The access will also support the growing community in west Lake Macquarie to get to the M1 and lessen the traffic through Freemans Drive and Deaves Road, both of which are notoriously blemished with pot holes.

  7. Andrew commented

    Access to the Service Centres would ease congestion on Freeman’s drive through Cooranbong greatly. Currently there can be long delays due to traffic buildup particularly in the periods where school hours start and finish.
    Emergency services would also benefit with access to and from Newport road reducing response times to critical situations.
    With the current plans, should locals from Cooranbong or Dora Creek be employed at the Service Centre they will have no option but to drive into Morisset and back out again.

  8. Donna Riley commented

    The placing of an on and off ramp for both north and south bound lanes of the M1 to Newport road will ease traffic congestion in Morisset, Cooranbong and Dora Creek and help the rapidly growing community in Cooranbong access to the M1 and availability to use the facilities supplied by the new service centres.

  9. Sharyn McClelland commented

    The local areas of Morisset, Cooranbong, and Dora Creek will benefit from the placement of both on and off ramps to the M1 to Newport Road, as it will ease congestion particularly on Mandalong Road and Dora Street, Morisset, which gets extremely busy during peak hours.

    Having entry and exit points to the M1 at Newport Road will also have benefits for the rapidly growing community given the large number of new estates in the local area. It will allow the community to use the facilities provided by the new service centres. This is especially since there is limited local facilities to cater for the fast growing community.

    Additionally, the on and off ramps to the M1 at Newport Road will provide an alternative detour for heavy traffic on the M1 when the M1 is closed after accidents.

    The infrastructure is essential given the fast growing community with new estates being frequently established and there is a need to plan for the future. It is cost beneficial to plan now for the future needs of the community and the travelling public. If this is ignored now, it will cost the government a lot more in public funding to put the access points to the M1. This is if the access points could even be put in later once the area is built out with new estates.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

  10. Michael & Janice Lowe commented

    An on/off ramp on Newport Rd in conjunction with these service centres at Cooranbong/Dora Creek would greatly benefit the growing community in the Cooranbong and Dora Creek areas. This would also relieve some of the congestion at the M1 Morisset off ramp during the peak hours and reduce some of the traffic through Morisset. It doesn’t make any sense not to build a Newport Rd on/off ramp with Watagan Park growing rapidly with 2500 homes.

  11. Katherine commented

    I wonder if an on off ramp for both North and South bound for Cooranbong and Dora Creek would be a useful addition. Many of the staff will likely draw from these area so it will mean a more convenient access to work. Currently anyone coming from Cooranbong and Dora Creek will need to go to Morisset or Awaba to return to just a few hundred metres from their home. This puts extra stress on Freemans Drive and the Cooranbong village. Additionally if will allow traffic to ease IN Morisset. Many drivers have to use Morisset as a cut through to get to Dora Creek, Wangi and Rathmines coming North bound. Those travelling South bound would from the Morisset peninsula can also use this. If they are able to bypass Morisset this will ease high street traffic there, meaning a Morisset bypass can hopefully be avoided. Additionally with thousands of homes being built in Cooranbong and Dora Creek there will be increased traffic in the area and it seems beneficial to be proactive now rather than needing to do more work at a later stage. That said thought would need to be given to relive pressure on Dora Creek.

  12. Steven penberthy commented

    Can we get an on/off ramps for both directions of the M1 onto Newport rd with this service centre, it would greatly ease congestion in the morisset area during peak hours or when there is issue on the m1

  13. Jason Adams commented

    An access road or on off ramp to Newport road from the M1 should be a top priority considering the amount of traffic that backs up through morisset in peak traffic. I believe this could significantly reduce this as well as service the northern cooranbong areas and new developments occurring in dora Creek.

  14. John Noorbergen commented

    The placing of an on and off ramp for both north and south bound lanes off the M1 to Newport road would easy traffic congestion in Morisset this should be taken into account in relation to the new cedar mill project, Cooranbong and Dora Creek are rapidly growing areas and access to the M1 and availability to use the facilities supplied by the new service centre would be no brainer, so many times M1 accidents have caused huge problem with trafic through Morisset and Cooranbong this consideration would improve trafic flow for all areas.

  15. Laurence Riley commented

    The community would benefit from access to both of these from Newport Road and access to M1 on/off ramps. It would effectively provide an On an Off ramp north of Morisset with little additional infrastructure.

    It would be the perfect time to do this with the growing community and developments .

  16. Gary Cooper commented

    The placing of an on and off ramp for both north and south bound lanes of the M1 to Newport road will ease through traffic congestion in Morisset, Cooranbong and Dora Creek. This will also aid in the rapidly growing community access to the M1 and availability to use the facilities supplied by the new service centres.
    The current M1 exit to Morisset is overloaded and with the additional homes been built in the area this exit will not be able to handle the traffic. The Watagan Park is growing rapidly with 2500 homes still to be built.
    This service station development is planning for the future so this development should include access to and from Newport road.

  17. Travis Chalkley commented

    Please comsider on/off ramps for both directions of the M1 onto Newport rd with this service centre.

    With growing populations the community will benefit from having additional freeway access. It could also provide additional detour routes should there be an accident or incident on the m1.

    As I am looking to build I'm the area having better freeway access is an important thing to me.

  18. Scott Smith commented

    With trucks and vehicles entering these service centres, there will need to be significant additional noise control measures along the M1 to minimise the impact of engine brake noise. The plans on display show both service centres in detail but do not show any plans to install noise walls, barriers or engine brake signage along the M1. Jigadee Creek bridge is already exceptionally noisy and this will only add to this noise.

  19. Lee Rogers commented

    I agree that an on/off ramp on Newport Rd may make life easier for Morisset & Cooranbong residents but just shifts the traffic burden to Dora Creek which is the least equipped to handle more traffic, nor can Dora Creek bridge accommodate large vehicles driving under it. There is also a development with hundreds of houses taking shape on Gradwells Rd which will see traffic increase the burden on local roads not equipped to handle to volume.
    If there is an onramp/offramp on Newport Rd, the road to Toronto needs to be a sealed Hawkmount Rd & not Wangi Rd. This would not only alleviate the congestion in Dora Creek but also lessen the danger for increased traffic alongside Origin Energy's unstable ash dam wall at Myuna Bay.

  20. Alan Edwards commented

    Need access from local community to these services for sure.

  21. Jodie Sobota commented

    I live at Dora Creek and use the M1 to commute to work 5 to 6 days a week. Current traffic accessing and exiting the M1 via Morisset is increasingly congested. The majority of afternoons it takes me 20+ minutes to travel from the 8km from the exit to home. Cooranbong developments in the past 5 years has added to the congestion at the Dora Creek shops and turn to the main road to Wangi/Morisset (Dora street/Wamsley/ Main Road intersection). I am aware of a large subdivision being sold at Dora Creek with 300+ lots. I notice a number of comments suggesting Newport Road access to the M1. I would like this also if it reduced my travel time, but worry that without the supporting infrastructure at Dora Creek it would just shift the congestion problem and current problems with traffic at Morisset to Dora Creek - which I don't want.

  22. MICHA LANSDOWN commented

    The residents of Newport Rd "do not" welcome an on of ramp or access to Newport Rd. This will bring unwanted traffic and noise. The worst thing that has happen to Cooranbong is the development and mismanagement of land and community infrastructure with the development of Watagan Park Estate. We welcome no new development. Leave Newport Rd access alone and think of fixing the access through and around the area.

  23. MICHA LANSDOWN commented

    The residents of Newport Rd "do not" welcome an on of ramp or access to Newport Rd. This will bring unwanted traffic and noise. The worst thing that has happen to Cooranbong is the development and mismanagement of land and community infrastructure with the development of Watagan Park Estate. We welcome no new development. Leave Newport Rd access alone and think of fixing the access through and around the area.

  24. Sue Blyde commented

    It would benefit the local community to have on and off ramps to Newport Road included in this develooment. These ramps would provide easy access to the growing local community and go some way in reducing traffic congestion in Morisset and Cooranbong without the need for building bypass additional a bypass road for Morisset which is current,y heavily congested at peak times.

  25. Semra B commented

    There needs to be something done for the surrender mismanagement of the roads and traffic flow throughout Dora creek, Morisset and Cooranbing. There’s technically 1 loop in and out which is always backed up. With the growing families, and populations in the area, something needs to be done ASAP!
    If it means an on point on Newport Rd, fantastic, but I still think other things will need to be done to manage flow around the area.

  26. A. Oliver commented

    I understand that adding on and off ramps on Newport Road would make life easier for those in the surrounding areas, but I think infrastructure in surrounding areas needs to be addressed, not adding on and off ramps to Newport Road. This would significantly increase traffic, noise and possible speeding down a partially suburban street and the bridge and intersection at Dora Creek would not be able to cope with the increased traffic. I am also concerned with compression braking from trucks off the m1 into the service area but hope that noise reduction measures will be taken to reduce this.

  27. Jason Brown commented

    There is a dire need for an exit and entry point in the vicinity of the Cooranbong and Dora Creek Township. There are extensive delays every day from 2:00pm until 7:00pm at the only entry/exit ramp located at Morisset.
    The other very specific need for a new entry/exit point is due to the increased/increasing population and new housing estates being developed in the area.
    There are over 25,000 (2019 Census) people living in this area and the one entry/exit point is insufficient. So please consider building the new on/off ramps to help ease congestion and traffic to the local community.
    (Concerned citizen, Western side of the lake.)

  28. Gary B commented

    I’ve lived in Cooranbong for over 50 years & have often wished we had access to M1 from Newport rd, the benefits of M1 access on Newport rd on both sides on Newport road (north & south) would be many, but here’s a few that come to mind, 1st, safer travel, I’ve lost count of the many road accidents & deaths on what we used to call death triangle (the lap of Dora creek, Morisset, Cooranbong & back to Dora creek), 2nd, reduction of traffic on local roads, Morisset off ramp is already under strain of increased traffic & having a Newport rd access would definitely take pressure off Morisset access & Main Street, 3rd, quicker travel & response times for everyone & especially emergency vehicles, 4th, less wear & tear on local roads, driving through Cooranbong is like going 4wheel driving, & Cooranbong is expanding, minimising traffic on local roads means the roads will last longer & wear better. If we don’t fix it now it’s only going to get worse.

  29. Emma commented

    Do any of you who are all for this on /off ramp live on Newport rd or in Dora Creek ? I am against this application for the following reasons.
    We already are overburdened with people speeding in the 60 zone killing innocent animals whose habitat is already destroyed due to more developments in the area,heavy overweighted Trucks going up and down Newport rd daily not to mention the noise they create, trying to exit a driveway on Newport rd is an absolute nightmare already any further traffic would create a buildup along Newport rd making it even harder.
    Newport rd residents do not even have footpaths to protect us from this increased traffic multiple people have also been hit ,there are potholes everywhere the Council doesn't make this a priority for existing residents they are only interested in catering to residents of these new estates in Cooranbong .
    The current turn onto Wangi rd is difficult and causes multiple accidents due to the lack of infastracture .
    Dora Creek should not become burdened by excess traffic from Watagan Park or the M1 find another solution , there is no need for a petrol station or to destroy bushland when so much has disappeared already . Morisset is 10 minutes away and a petrol station already exists at the end of newport rd surely we should support this local business instead.

  30. Sue Blyde commented

    It would benefit the local community to have on and off ramps to Newport Road included in this develooment. These ramps would provide easy access to the growing local community and go some way in reducing traffic congestion in Morisset and Cooranbong without the need for building bypass additional a bypass road for Morisset which is current,y heavily congested at peak times.

  31. Dave Lemcke commented

    There should be at the very least an access point for emergency services. This would improve community safety in the event of major incidents such as the ethanol truck fire several years ago at this location. Preferably a full on/off ramp system to take traffic out of Morisset to this growing area.

  32. Dwayne Prescott commented

    Hello. I have a concern regarding the traffic noise on the M1 from before the Newport road overpass and continuing down the exit ramp leading into the northbound site. I fear that exhaust brakes are going to be quite disturbing to residential properties close to this area. The noise has increased markedly since the construction of Southern Star Windows and Doors factory adjacent to the M1. Since the trees were removed from the site for the factory, the noise has increased, and with trucks slowing to enter this proposed service centre I believe the noise will further increase. I know there is noise fences at the site itself mentioned in the proposal but WHAT ABOUT THE ROAD ITSELF? Any residential area close to the M1 or any other freeway close to any residential area elsewhere in the state have noise abatement barriers. WHY NONE PROPOSED HERE?

  33. Nicole mangone commented

    Morisset, Cooranbong, and Dora Creek will benefit from the placement of both on and off ramps to the M1 to Newport Road, as it will ease congestion particularly on Mandalong Road and Dora Street, Morisset, which gets extremely busy during peak hours.

    Having entry and exit points to the M1 at Newport Road will also have benefits for the rapidly growing community given the large number of new estates in the local area. It will allow the community to use the facilities provided by the new service centres. This is especially since there is limited local facilities to cater for the fast growing community.

    Additionally, the on and off ramps to the M1 at Newport Road will provide an alternative detour for heavy traffic on the M1 when the M1 is closed after accidents.

    The infrastructure is essential given the fast growing community with new estates being frequently established and there is a need to plan for the future. It is cost beneficial to plan now for the future needs of the community and the travelling public. If this is ignored now, it will cost the government a lot more in public funding to put the access points to the M1. This is if the access points could even be put in later once the area is built out with new estates.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

  34. Leo Fitzpatrick commented

    I've lived in Dora creek since I was born in 1994. The traffic at Dora Creek bridge, the double stop signs, is already banking up around school times
    With the new estate going in, an extra few hundred cars a day split along Freemans drive x Newport turn off (which is congestated already from Cooranbongs new housing estate) and through the horrible double stop signs, will be horrendous. Giving people in Dora creek and cooranbong easy access to the M1 would be awesome for the local community's. Also easy access for Dora Creek and Cooranbong NSW Rural Fire service. For Dora Creek to get onto the freeway, they need either respond to Morisset and access there, or travel to Freemans waterhole. And if there is an incident at busy times, it slows response to incidents. Thanks.

  35. Trent Somerville commented

    The placing of an on and off ramp for both north and south bound lanes of the M1 to Newport road will ease through traffic congestion in Morisset, Cooranbong and Dora Creek. This will also aid in the rapidly growing community access to the M1 and availability to use the facilities supplied by the new service centers.
    The current M1 exit to Morisset is overloaded and with the additional homes been built in the area this exit will not be able to handle the traffic. The Watagan Park is growing rapidly with 2500 homes still to be built.
    This service station development is planning for the future so this development should include access to and from Newport road.

  36. Jade commented

    Access to both North and south bound on/off ramps would be beneficial to not only the local community as it would provide access to the be built service station and ammenities that includes that we do not have access too in the town but for all those who use the freeway as well, offering alternate routes and removing congestion on the freeway, in morisset and dora creek. Currently during peak periods in morisset I am waiting at Morisset round about for approximately 5 minutes to get through.

  37. Mary commented

    Would be a great idea to get on and off m1.

  38. Jarryd Horn commented

    This DA is only 10-15 mins from the existing Warnervale Service Centres, given the vast stretch of road between Sydney to Newcastle, how does this proposal meet the needs of Commuters of the M1 Motorway?
    Local residents will not have ANY access to these centres (the RMS have stated no access to locals from any side road) nor will there be any On or Off ramps at Cooranbong.

    As per the NSW Planning & Assessment Act 1979 NO 203, 79C, in particular the below legislation, Cooranbong and Dora Creek Residents firmly believe this DA does NOT comply with the following:

    79C 1 (b) - The likely impacts of that development, including environmental impacts on both the natural and built environments, and social and economic impacts in the locality

    79C 1(c) - The suitability of the site for the development

    79C 1 (e) - The public interest

    The DA will bring:

    Light Pollution - 24hour high visible lighting, affecting local residents sleep patterns, many whom are shift workers.

    Severe Noise Pollution - 24hours, 7 days a week. The night time noise in particular will NOT be tolerable, even with sound barriers.

    Severe Air Pollution - Diesel omissions, compression breaking, petrol omissions, gas omissions, toxic omissions, potential fire hazards and explosions

    Financial Hardship - The value of good, expensive, currently highly valuable and sort after homes will diminish overnight. The stress on many owners who have mortgages could increase depression and suicide rates within the region, due to their inability to refinance or sell due to their low bank valuations.

    Flora & Fauna - There is an abundant amount of wildlife within the area and several estates surrounding it. Lorikeets, ducks, kookaburras, regent bowerwird, geese, kangaroos, these animals will be effected by this DA. The beautiful trees surrounding the area, which support the above wildlife will be
    destroyed, hence either killing these animals or injuring them in their removal.

    Health Hazard - As per the above references to air, noise and light pollution, all of these leading to decreased health for many hundreds of residents in YOUR regional areas. Placing further strain on medical services and costs to the taxpayer.

    Economic Impact - The local businesses rely on local and visitors dollars to survive. This DA will reduce numbers from visiting Lake Macquarie. Bypassing any possibility for local business to provide services, such as bakeries, coffee shops, fast food outlets, general stores, newsagents etc who currently rely on the visitors using their services.

  39. Helen williamson commented

    An access point for local residents and surrounds , this would make it practical for many reasons, but the main one would be to allow employees of proposed businesses easy accessibility and not have to go via the freeway , which would be a deterrent for many .

    Another concern would be that emergency services can gain quick entry via local routes instead of needing to go longer distances to travel via freeway.

    Trade workers who would be needed from time to time would also benefit from a more practical access.

  40. Karen Demellweek commented

    This proposal is wanting to change the existing approval by the Joint Regional Planning Committee which as a group we opposed strongly but were unsuccessful. A service access to and from Newport Rd was discussed but the RMS has categorically stated that this would not be an option because of the existing infrastructure.
    People would try to use it as an on or off ramp to the M1 which it would not be designed to do. The developer is trying to change an existing approval that went through a rigorous debate and consultation period with the community to get the approval as it stands.

    If people choose to be employed there then they must like everyone else enter via the M1.
    Noise and pollution is still an ongoing concern for residents who live on the adjoining properties and has not be addressed to the communities satisfaction.

  41. Scott and Shannon Smith commented

    My wife and I own the property at 892 Freemans Dr, Cooranbong and have done so since November 2016. We live on the property with our two sons, aged 11 and 13.

    Upon looking at the maps and information posted, it appears that this development will be very close to our property. Our property and residence is an acreage on the western side of the M1, beside the northbound lane at the Jigadee Creek bridge. After looking at the plan/maps, the entrance lane to the southbound service centre will start almost directly across the freeway from our boundary and only a short distance from our residence.

    To date, we have had absolutely no consultation or correspondence from Lake Macquarie City Council, Department of Planning, RMS or the developers, and we have only now realised (thanks to social media) that this development will have a significant impact on our property due to the entrance lane starting in the immediate vicinity of our property.

    The heavy vehicle engine braking for vehicles entering the southbound service centre, and the acceleration under load of vehicles exiting the northbound service centre will have a significant impact on our environment (both noise and air quality). Further to this, the southbound service centre and our residence will be in direct line of sight albeit across the freeway from one another, with 24 hour lighting having a night time impact.

    When we built our residence we had to engage a consultant to complete the Acoustics report in order to satisfy Council and also had to meet significant increased glazing requirements and costs in order to reduce and meet internal noise levels. Given the significant additional noise this development will generate, I wonder if this will be sufficient and if we will have additional requirements imposed if we decide on any future development of our property.

    Whilst we support development and progress, and would have no objection to this service centre with the correct noise and visual considerations for our property, it is disappointing and almost unbelievable that a ratepayer and residence so close to the development has not been considered at all for any communications or development research over the past 4 years.

    Is it correct that we have not been consulted at all for this development and recent amendments?

    Are there any noise barriers proposed for the Jigadee Creek bridge, the southbound entrance lane areas or the southbound service centre, as after reviewing amended plans I can only see a noise barrier for the northbound site?

  42. Pippa Lee commented

    Please, it is vital for the employment opportunities for the rapidly growing area of Cooranbong to have this access.
    As the government sees fit to approve the many new estates and private residences, surely there is a duty to assist those people, as well as the existing residents, to access gainful employment?
    Thank you for taking the time to consider my comment.

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