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  1. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Craig Garner commented

    I object to this proposed development with two major concerns:

    1. The loss of the Beachstone Cafe would be to the determent of the local residents and their families. This is a fantastic shared social space that serves an important purpose for the community's well-being. We need inclusive places for all members of North Sapphire (and surrounding suburbs) to come together and socialize.

    2. The increased traffic that a childcare center demands is well beyond the capacity that the car park and inadequate driveway can handle. This would cause disturbance to nearby residents as excess vehicles would likely park along the side of nearby streets.

    The proposed child-care center is a clear misuse of the facilities and should not be allowed to proceed.

  2. In Kingsgrove NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 104 Caroline Street, Kingsgrove NSW 2208:

    Vesna Zuro commented

    This development proposal should not be approved for a variety of reasons: Firstly it does not address the existing extreme congestion already present in Caroline St owing to the 2 schools. Secondly, it does not address the daily hazards that residents, pedestrians and drivers currently experience particularly the increasing risk of unsafe conditions for pedestrians and residents. Thirdly it is aesthetically not in keeping with the predominantly residential nature of the street as the proposed construction is large and inappropriate. I would suggest that Councillors do a site visit during the morning and afternoon (and increasing in the evenings owing to school activities) to understand why we the residents are so outraged that this proposal is being re-considered. Reject the proposal.

  3. In Darlinghurst NSW on “Alterations to the Burdekin...” at 2-4 Oxford Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010:

    Stephan Gyory commented

    We live in and International city and Oxford Street & surrounds has been an entertainment precint longer than anyone living here.

    People should know, when they move here, what to expect. Property value should not be a consideration because this reinforces the gentrification of the few cultural spaces the city has left.

    Noise is certainly a quality of life issue, however, a 10pm close for a rooftop bar is perfectly reasonable as long as the venue complies with conditions. These should be monitored and breaches should be punished; conversely, good behaviour should be rewarded.

    I live next to a backpackers in Potts Point and they are out all summer until 10pm in their courtyard right below my bedroom window; while this might not always be 100% convenient for me, I accept that I live in a city and that 10pm is a reasonable time to expect noise until. In fact, I live here precisely because I want to be able to do things like take a date to a rooftop until 10pm.

    I support this development. Oxford Street needs more attractions like this to help bring people back since the lockouts scared them away.

    More to the point, I would like to stress that once we let property values dictate our cultural life, the city may as well curl up in a ball and die.

  4. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Elizabeth Brewer commented

    Loss of great Northern community gathering space and increased traffic on narrow arterial roads.

  5. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Kelly Morison commented

    I strongly object to this D.A.
    As a resident of the beautiful North Sapphire Estate I would be disappointed to say the least in the approval of this d.a. The cafe was a big selling point when looking where to buy and build our first home and serves as a wonderful place to meet up with friends and family both from the community and surrounding areas. The cafe has been a place where the entire community can come together whether it be for Friday night catch up with the neighbours, to a wedding in the park and reception at the cafe or even just breakfast with my husband and two dogs after a big weekend walk at the beach. It is unique to our area and would be a big loss to our community. I do not see a need for a childcare centre on our community’s doorstep. Currently I am pregnant with our first child and would fit the demographic for someone who would want a childcare facility close to home but we do already have this right at Moonee amongst others at Korora close to the school and in town closer to my place of work which is much more convenient. I would not want to replace a wonderful establishment such as Beachstone cafe which is used by so many with a childcare facility used by very few.
    I ask that you listen to the many residents that will be affected daily by this change and wider community who will lose out and see the massive loss to all if this d.a approval goes ahead.

  6. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Gareth Morison commented

    My wife and I bought and built in the area based on the draw card of the cafe and it’s surrounds. We celebrated our wedding day there, we’ve had countless friends and family visit and fall in love with the cafe, and built many great friendships through our community there.
    About to have first our child, we fit the exact demographic and target market of a childcare centre. We simply do not want it. Not only would we be devastated at the loss of our beloved cafe, but it makes no sense to put our child in daycare on our doorstep. The cafe exists as a ‘destination’ amenity. It’s not in a strip mall, or near a school or even near anyone’s place of work - precisely where a childcare centre should be.
    Please do not approve this DA.

  7. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Emily Griffiths commented

    I strongly object to this DA. I don’t live in the area, however I often visit my friends on weekends who happen to live in stage 5. Without fail every visit we walk the dogs over to Beachstone for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and I absolutely love going there.

    I’ve celebrated my close friends wedding their and share so many fond memories with my friends at this cafe.

    The staff are so friendly and the cafe promotes a real sense of community, unlike anywhere else I’ve seen. This would be a real loss to their community. Please don’t approve this DA!

  8. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Simon commented

    This proposal will change the nature of the estate. I would prefer it remains as is. The kids and I use the cafe and park routinely.

  9. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Amanda commented

    Its a great cafe and community space. Great safe place to take the kids for a play. Theses types of areas are essential for neighbourhoods. Removing it and putting a childcare centre would take that away from the community

  10. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Thomas Dougherty commented

    "FISHER DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE - 2008 UDIA NSW Awards -Best Residential Development.

    North Sapphire Beachstone Cafe and Amenities

    Fisher Design and Architecture with Cougle Projects

    Fisher Designs + Architecture was part of a project team of developers, planners and consultants, who were winners of the 2008 UDIA Category 2 Residential Development Award for the North Sapphire Beach Estate, Coffs Harbour.

    In the heart of the North Sapphire Beach development is a landscaped playground, the Beachstone Cafe, public toilets, and a lifeguard storage building.

    Integrated with the landscaped parklands, the amenity building designs complement the intelligent and sensitive urban design, contributing to the areas award winning success and popularity.

    THE HIGHLIGHT IS THE BEACHSTONE CAFE and it's seamless integration with the children's playground...This is an intelligent and sensitive design. Attention to detail, use of locally sourced materials and the quality of works is outstanding, setting a new benchmark for masterplanned coastal developments.

    Jury Citation "

    UDIA Urban Development Institute of Australia, New South Wales

    I urge Council to deny the Developers request to rip the heart out of our community after they have profited from promoting the Beachstone cafe as a seamless integration with the playground and integral to the intelligent and sensitive urban design of the community. The childcare center would cater to a very small percentage of families in the community whereas the cafe is embraced by the entire community. The alterations needed to make the building functional as a childcare center, would visually disrupt the seamlessness of this wonderful community gathering space.

  11. In Bellbird Park QLD on “Superseded Planning Scheme...” at 228-230 Jones Road Bellbird Park QLD 4300:

    David Harris commented

    Even if the council have no power to stop developments like these. I would like some sort of support for the residents of Bellbird Pk.. We suddenly have a few meetings with State government Representatives . If we can now after many requests finally get them to meet with us. surely the Council should also meet them Most people would be oblivious of the fact that the State government are those who have the ultimate say.. .If suddenly the State want to hear our views, why isn't the council doing the same thing. The reality is that objections are a waste of time. . Perhaps a show of support by Council of Belllbird Pk residents would be a pleasant surprise . Not a revolution just calling on the state government to open talks . They, the Ipswich Council"may consider your submission when they decide to approve this and Any other such application" Can't wait for the new plan which will incorporate the community views and ensure 'Transparency". Trouble is places like Bellbird will be destroyed by then. Consider me/us a NO for any development in our suburb As to objectors role. the Council needs to correlate views of objectors , their collective, well thought out objections . Then with a modicum of correlation ,understanding .and analysis. recognize publicly, why no applications are refused. There's another hour wasted.

  12. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Alexander Dougherty commented

    I strongly object to this application.

    The Beachstone Cafe is a gathering place for family and friends. It's a place where our family goes to eat and relax. Our block of land, like many others, is very small so it's difficult to enjoy quality outdoor time with larger groups of visitors. This wasn't a concern when we were looking to buy land and build a home because we knew we would be able to invite our friends to meet us at the beach stone cafe. If the cafe had been a childcare center at that time, it's unlikely we would have bought our land. We appreciate the seamless design of the cafe and playground and the way it's brought the community together.

  13. In Wollongong NSW on “Residential - demolition of...” at 1 Smith Street, Wollongong NSW 2500:

    Geoff Burrows commented

    This site is in a 24 m maximum height zone. This height is usually associated with a maximum of 7 stories, not eight? I could not download DA2019/1008 and thus couldn't check the building's height but it needs to be under 24 m.

  14. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Catherine Dougherty commented

    The Beachstone cafe is the heart of our community. It is inclusive of all ages and is a popular place for friends and family to gather. The proposed alterations to the building accommodate a childcare center would disrupt the visual and functional seamlessness of the design. I am concerned that residents paid a premium to purchase in an award winning master planned community with a cafe as it's social centerpiece and the lack of a cafe will lead to loneliness for many of the older residents.

  15. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Will Dougherty commented

    There are many retired and older people in our community who use the Beachstone Cafe as a way of staying socially connected. For some without their families close by, it may be the only social contact they have all day. The cafe setting is inviting and encourages conversation between residents. A childcare center would only be relevant for a small percentage of residents whereas the Beachstone cafe is embraced by all. Perhaps the success of this award winning community can be measured enormous community response to the developers application to change the purpose of the building and hence the fabric of the community. The message should be loud and clear. We value the design that we bought into. The proposed change is not a good change for the community.

  16. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Nick Price commented

    I don't support this childcare development being built there. It's a place for people of the community to connect. Like someone else said, it's the Gem of Sapphire Beach community. Don't do it!

  17. In Toormina NSW on “Dwelling-Addition (Upper...” at 23 Cavanba Road, Toormina NSW 2452:

    kenneth walter commented

    I believe that our enjoyment of our property would be greatly affected and we would have no privacy in our own property due to the height of the building and the North Facing windows. I am strongly in Opposition to this application.
    I am the owner of 25 Cavanba Road Toormina.

  18. In Darlinghurst NSW on “Alterations to the Burdekin...” at 2-4 Oxford Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010:

    Senta Hoyne commented

    I think Sydney should have more rooftop bars! I fully support this application. Sydney needs to be brought back to life. Living in the inner city means you get access to fantastic venues and services all at your doorstep. If you you want peace and quiet, move to the suburbs.

  19. In Kingsgrove NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 104 Caroline Street, Kingsgrove NSW 2208:

    Marina Peronace commented

    Its disappointing to see this issue is being addressed again.

    I am a local resident, I work close by and have both my children currently attend OLF Kingsgrove, I feel this will have catastrophic affects on our local community, especially Caroline St. If you complete a traffic report on Caroline st from 3:00-4:00 you'll realize that there is so much congestion on Caroline St (because of the three major Educational Institutions) that drivers have shown serious aggression on a regular basis attempting to get through the round about on both end of Caroline St. This not only scares the children but they are exposed to behaviors and certain vocabulary which is very concerning and confronting.

    Other concerns include:
    - Out of character / consistency with zone objectives
    The site is located within the R2 Low Density Residential zone which seeks to ensure the single dwelling character, landscape character, neighbourhood character and streetscapes of the zone are maintained over time and not diminished by the cumulative impact of the existing education establishments, multi-unit development, etc.
    Therefore, the proposal by way of its scale, bulk and setbacks is inconsistent with the surrounding single dwelling character and low density residential environment.

    - Not Compliant with Councils Development Control plan
    The front setbacks and basement setbacks do not comply with Councils Development Control Plan 2019 resulting in the proposed building having an unacceptable impact on the streetscape by way of building bulk and inadequate landscaping.
    The child care centre is out of character and out of place in this residential area.

    - Privacy/overlooking
    The first floor balconies and rooms impact on the privacy of adjoining properties.

    - Overdevelopment
    A child care centre for 96 children is considered an over development. A smaller scale centre is more appropriate;
    There is a cumulative impact of development in the area including townhouse development and most importantly 3 larger educational establishments, two of which is continuing to grow.

    - Noise
    Ongoing construction noise;
    Traffic noise;
    Noise during use particularly of outdoor play areas.
    The acoustic report submitted with the DA requires the construction of a 2.7m high fence partially along the rear boundary and western side boundary. The acoustic report suggests that this could incorporate a cantilevered section. Please submit full elevations and sections of this fence.
    The acoustic report I believe also does not offer information regarding the use of the first floor play areas, is there a Plan of Management with respect to the breakdown of the proposed hours of outdoor play, along with the specific age groups and numbers.

    - Safety
    There is cause for concern for the safety of the children attending the 3 educational establishments during construction. Closures of pathways, dangers during demolition, tip/skip bin removal and delivery, ongoing construction vehicles coming and going, no set construction time is provided, etc. This area has a high number of children who walk to school independently and may not understand the cause for concern.

    - Reduction of Real Estate Value
    The houses within the local community will reduce in value as there is so much traffic and noise as well as many other issues to be taken into consideration.

    - Traffic and Parking
    The proposal would result in unacceptable impact on the surrounding road network as a result of the scale of the development and the lack of onsite car parking. The number of car parking spaces provided on site does not meet the number required by Councils Development Control Plan 2019 for a 96 place child care centre.
    As a parent at OLF, the reason why 'Car pick up' is currently causing so much traffic concerns is due to the lack of parking in the area. This institute will only make this situation worse and create more chaos.

    Over all- the proposal as such is not in the public interest. Its completely unnecessary and will negatively impact our local community in many ways.

  20. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Emma Clare Dougherty commented

    I do not support this application as it will take away from the community which the Beachstone facilitates. Most of the blocks of land within the surrounding suburbs are are very small and it's impossible to entertain large groups of friends and relatives. The cafe is a gathering spot and a place to make new friends and meet up with old friends and this proposed development would take this away from the larger community. In addition, I worked at Beachstone Cafe as a waitress a few years ago and there are a number of red-bellied black snakes (a few of which I have had personal interactions with) which frequently wander into the park and near the cafe. Therefore it would be extremely unsafe to develop a childcare center at this location as it will put not only the children at high risk for a deadly bite, but also put an unreasonable amount of pressure on the centre's staff and thusly hinder their ability to keep the children safe.

  21. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Oregon commented

    I don’t support this potential development, the reduction of any community focused assets is disappointing. This park and cafe has brought tremendous joy to so many locals and visitors, let’s keep the special vibe the estate offers with this unique facility and keep traffic at a safe flow.

  22. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Guy and Sue commented

    Surely you can't be serious ! ! What 10 year old in council planning would allow this proposal to proceed past the Council front door ?
    Clearly this is a failed and futile attempt at social planning . Is there still a pulse in the CHCC's community heart or is it flatlining ?
    Remove the current Beachstone Cafe and you cut out the "gem" from Sapphire Beach.
    We are current owners in Beach Way and the Cafe being part of the local community was one of the deciding factors in investing in the vibe of such a beautiful part of Australia.
    We vehemently object to a desecraction of this beautiful place !
    By the way -
    Desecration is the act of depriving something of its sacred character, or the disrespectful, contemptuous, or destructive treatment of that which is held to be sacred (or holy) by a group or individual.
    I hope the CHCC is listening the the "voters".

  23. In Kingsgrove NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 104 Caroline Street, Kingsgrove NSW 2208:

    MDB commented

    There were very clear reasons why this was rejected first time around - trying again will not change anything, as nothing has improved!

    Congestion remains as it was. Parking remains as it was. Teachers/students/commuters - all needing to travel and park. Wet weather and it becomes worse.

    I also note that peak times were noted as 8-9am and 5-6pm. You haven't factored in the 2-30-4pm after school pick up where parents/grandparents/guardians all vying for peak parking end up parking across driveways. Adding a further childcare centre in an already crowded area will only make this situation worse. Perhaps the surveyors should spend an entire weekday (7am - 7pm), during school period at both ends of the street to see exactly what it is like - not just certain parts of the day which are convenient to them. As has been previously mentioned, perhaps it would be a good idea for the Council representatives to attend the area for an entire weekday during the school term to also see what it is like.

    Also, on watching the news just this morning, there was a report of a childcare centre tragedy in Melbourne where a child was hit by a car in this very same situation - it's just asking for trouble. Small children can very easily run off, and many parents nowadays let them just be - without keeping a firm hold.

    This application MUST NOT be allowed to go ahead.

  24. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Keah Harrigan commented

    As a member of the northern beaches community, i love coming to Beachstone cafe with my family and have done for many years. I strongly oppose the construction of a daycare centre at that location.

  25. In Kingsgrove NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 104 Caroline Street, Kingsgrove NSW 2208:

    Jasmine commented

    Not sure why this has been resubmitted again given there were so many opposed to the construction of this property.

    Caroline St on a regular working/school day is filled with student, teachers, commuters who park along the street and adjacent streets surrounding Caroline St. Everyday, I struggle with parents who double park outside my drive way, vision is obstructed as I reverse out of my driveway as two cars park in a one car spot. '

    I struggle to understand how the traffic management will be executed and monitored.

    There is already a two childcare centres in the area that are walking distance from this location.

    There will be car and noise pollution which will devalue my property. I have been here for 30 years and only recently Caroline St has become ever more congested with more cars, pedestrians, and buses driving through what was a quiet suburban street. Further to this, there is Kingsgrove Public School on to other side of the street which has the same traffic using the bottom of Caroline St as a thoroughfare to get to Bexley Nth, M5 and Kingsgrove Rd.

    I really cannot comprehend how this centre will provide any benefit the community especially the residents who have to experience it on a daily. I would suggest the council rep reviewing get themselves acquainted with the street to be understand the issues I and every other submission has expressed.

    We do not want this double storey Childcare Centre on Caroline St.

  26. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Robert commented

    I strongly object to the building of the childcare centre in sapphire beach. It is unnecessary and will have a negative impact on the local community, particularly due to increased traffic within the area.

  27. In Woody Point QLD on “Request to Change Other” at 2 Gayundah Esplanade, Woody Point QLD 4019:

    Susan (Sue) Napier commented

    I agree with this objection too the high rise development being proposed. I will be lodging my objection submission to Council this week. I cannot fathom how any councillor in good faith can vote for this proposal!

  28. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Richard commented

    Dear Council,

    Remember you were appointed/ elected/ chosen to serve the people.
    When the majority members of the community who you serve , express their displeasure over a childcare centre, and you persist with you said plan, this is tantamount to sheer arrogance or mere ignorance.
    I have listened to all the reasons for a child centre in the same location , and not one them has a justifiable explanation to counteract all the many oppositions to the childcare centre which I have read. Please go back to the drawing board and start proper governance / administration once again. This is so sad.

  29. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Tosan commented

    Vox Populi, Vox Dei - the voice of the people is the voice of god.

    If we as the people do not want a child care centre , why don’t the council just listen rather than subject us to repeated forms of petitioning.

    The cafe is beautiful and serves both residents and visitors . As a parent whose child attends childcare, I do not need the Beachstone cafe to be turned into a child care centre , and I am happy to drive to Moonee or other childcare centres around. Please Council, just LISTEN...

  30. In Sapphire Beach NSW on “Centre-based childcare...” at 2 Beach Way, Sapphire Beach NSW 2450:

    Sheri Swayne commented

    We moved here from Canada because we LOVED what this community had to offer and what the developers told us the community was all about; Beachstone Café, a place to meet people, explore live Arts, middle aged kids to play, while parents are near by, walks to the beach with a place to gather and have a meal.

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