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  1. In Leichhardt NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 221 Elswick Street North Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Annette Hamilton commented

    I couldn't agree more. Although I don't live in Elswick Street I have lived in the Leichhardt Council area for 34 years and the destruction this council has permitted of the character of the neighbourhoods here - irreplaceable, some of the oldest parts of Sydney's urban fabric - is no less than vandalism. I oppose the current wave of facadism too - keeping some few sorry reminders of the authentic character at the front while building McMansions at the back is no solution. The Council should immediately act to issue an order whereby no more old houses, run-down or otherwise, can be demolished. Replacement to the rear, where usually there are old kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, and some extension of living areas is OK but most of the houses should be maintained as far as possible intact. If this means that the idiotically high house prices in the area fall, good. This makes it possible for our children, and for inner city workers, to maybe afford to live here. As for the disgusting rates of arboricide going on everywhere in the Municipality, not to mention the proliferation of minuscule swimming pools, this should also be stopped at once.

  2. In Surry Hills NSW on “Use of the public footway...” at 426 Cleveland Street Surry Hills NSW 2010:

    P Hunter commented

    Outdoor heaters are very bad for the environment...

    Attempting to heat the planet so that people can sit comfortably outside in winter is obscene..

    Outdoor heaters should be banned..

    If you are cold, put on a coat and scarf..

  3. In Leichhardt NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 221 Elswick Street North Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Christina Valentine commented

    I live directly opposite this house and strongly object to its demolition. It is one of the few remaining original homes in the street and is part of the history of the area. While the home has been allowed to be run down to its current poor condition the facade should be retained so that the character and streetscape is retained. Over the part four years three historic homes have been bought and demolished. This has led to a lack of character and loss of sense of history of our street. I strongly encourage the Council to insist that at least the facade of this historic, original home is retained.

    Christina Valentine
    Owner of 278 Elswick Street North

  4. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    ST commented

    Please don't build this structure in the Hawkesbury, it's the wrong thing for this area and our community. The traffic and congestion is bad enough already also, particularly in the the area where this is proposed to go - it's not worth the trouble it will cause and negative affects on the area that will result.

  5. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Kate Kustreba commented

    I object to the building of this 'place of worship'
    The proposed building does not suit the rural landscape of the Hawkesbury
    The proposed location is already known for terrible traffic conditions which will only be made worse with so many worshipers coming to this venue.
    There are only a small number of Hindu faith living in the Hawkesbury according to the last census, therefore is this really the best location for their place of worship.
    I believe that the construction of such a large building will impact on value of the Mcgraths hill and surrounding areas.
    Whilst there are numerous reasons for this application to be object to. I strongly believe the most important to keep in mind is that the Hawkesbury is a rural area. Even though there are other developments in the area these are all kept within guild lines to help maintain this rural setting and I do not believe the building in the plans submitted (especially at 10m high!!!) are to this specification.
    We as residents of the Hawkesbury are very passionate about the lifestyle we have here and will do what we can to protect and maintain it. Strongly disagreeing to this proposal.

  6. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Katrina Kelty commented

    I am a rate payer of McGraths Hill and my family and I object to this being built.
    It will effect traffic and have impact on our already crappy roads also the beautiful country atmosphere of the Hawkesbury.
    It will be an eye sore and it is not welcomed.
    Council stop it !!!

  7. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Tracy commented

    Please don't build this building in McGrath hill. We need more parks and places we can take our family's not temples.

  8. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Toni von Pein commented

    Please do not approve this application. The Hawkesbury is not the appropriate place to house such a place of worship.
    Please Vote NO to this application.

  9. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Clare commented

    Not suited to the aesthetics of the area... #atall How did it become possible?? Questions need to be asked? McGraths Hill is such a small suburb, traffic congestion?

  10. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    L Verheyden commented

    Seriously reconsider this proposal. As an Australian who is proud of my country/ culture and heritage this would be like burning another section of our past. The Windsor area has a vast history, one we should be proud of, one that needs to be preserved. They are basically requesting this temple/mosque/eyesore to be at the entrance of of this amazingly, peaceful, traquil area.
    Question: Why is every culture/race/religion considered more important than our own??
    Its time we preserved our own history. Say NO!!
    My fear is that someone will be paid off so this monstrosity goes ahead.

  11. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Tamar Edmunds commented

    RE: Proposed Place of Public Worship at 10 Beddek Street, McGraths Hill.

    This correspondence is in relation to the above development application. I have studied the plans and I recognise the proposed location. I strongly object to the development of this place of public worship in this location.

    I recently moved to McGraths Hill from an inner city suburb. The main attraction to move to the Hawkesbury was due to the heritage character of this area. It is my knowledge from the Hawkesbury Council website that "Council's vision is for sustainable and livable communities that respect, preserve and manage the heritage, cultural and natural assets of the City”. Allowing the construction of a temple in such a historic area would overwhelm the character of this area and I believe would take away from the historic appeal of the Windsor area. The scale of the proposed temple will be quite high so anyone approaching or leaving Windsor will have views of it and aesthetically it would not fit in to the streetscape or neighbouring properties.

    Another complication with this development application would be the impact it would have on traffic. We currently have a traffic congestion problem in this area due to all the new development at Pitt Town. Vehicles are already using an alternate route to avoid the congestion at Pitt Town Rd & Windsor Rd by travelling on Old Hawkesbury Road and McGrath Road. Having a place of worship approved in this area will only be increasing the amount of commuters to the area, hence making the already congested roads significantly worse.

    Overall, I feel this development is not in the best interest of the citizens of the Windsor / McGraths Hill area, and I strongly urge you not to approve this application.

  12. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Renae Darlington commented

    I have strong concerns regarding this development on three levels. Firstly relating to the heritage impact, secondly the cultural dynamics of the community and lastly the lack of infrastructure ie roads and traffic management to support current community and traffic movements, let alone adding to that further.

    The Hawkesbury is renowned as a historic precinct, which epitomises early colonial heritage in its buildings and stories. Our area has the five Macquarie Towns which is testament to this. In any development, what appears to be important to council is that developments are 'in keeping' with the current environment and sympathic to the surroundings. The construction of a temple of this sort would simply not be in keeping with the area, and to be located at one of the two gateway points to Windsor is not appropriate from a local perspective, nor from a tourism perpsective.

    It is also questionable as to why the structure needs to be so large when there are apparently so few people who will be using it on a regular basis.

    There may be a limited tolerance to, and lack of understanding of other religions within this primarily Anglican and Catholic area, which may lead to cultural conflict within the community. Current media and world events contribute greatly to this situation, and it must be considered.

    Lastly, the intersection closest to the site, is one of the major bottlenecks getting into the Hawkesbury, on both weekdays and weekends. Adding the potential of essentially what is an event venue in the precinct is simply ludicrous.

    I do not support the development of the temple/mosque in McGraths Hills.

  13. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Charmaine Hetherington commented

    I have grown up in Mcgraths Hill and my mother is still here some 35 years after building. I do not have an issue with whichever religion is applying for this building, I have concerns about the affect on our community, house prices, traffic and the position for which this building is proposed.
    The Australian pub is part of our history and with so little parking for new building it will impact on the pub and its little amount of parking. Will it take away from the quiet afternoon beer or meal many people enjoy..?
    To integrate any religion is great but to dominate an area? There is so much land and wide open spaces that to stick a temple between a pub and a historical graveyard seems a little hasty. I love our history and country town feel, I am concerned that this building will not fit in to it.. and take away from our sense of history and age.
    Will this drive our house prices higher or send them plummeting? Will we have an influx of people wanting to buy in area or the real locals that have been here from when Mcgraths hill was open land all move out due to the congestion and over crowding.
    I am not apposed to the religion, each to their own, but to that location I have a strong objection.
    The out pouring of objections and concerns of our community should be enough for council to reject this particular application. I am sure a more suitable location can be found.

  14. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Michelle commented

    As a home owner & rate payer I strongly object this application, the impact it will have on the already congested roads will be a bigger headache to all the residents in McGraths Hill & surrounding areas, this building will not blend in with the heritage buildings that already exist.

  15. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Hailey McConnell commented

    Please do NOT build this temple! The idea of building a hindu temple in McGraths Hill surrounded by Australian residents is truly rediculous and definitely should not be considered. A tiny little alley is not the spot for it. Placing a temple there will 100% effect the traffic conditions, the community and even more so the close by residents like myself. This idea should not be considered. DO NOT BUILD THIS TEMPLE!

  16. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    sally commented

    Having recently moved to Pitt Town I have become aware of the issues that any future developments will impose on the hawkesbury without the infrastructure to support the growth. The hawkesbury council needs to realise and be proactive in the growth that is fast approaching the area. Without the infrastructure to support the growth I have grave fears on the negative impact it will create not only on the existing community but the rural environment that the hawkesbury is and stands for.

    Furthermore, I am opposed to the development of the above DA application due to the following impacts I believe are extremely significant; the location of the development is a huge concern based on existing traffic that is already bumper to bumper on windsor road come peak hour am and pm that lasts for hours, if this development is approved and the council don't act on implementing infrastructure to not only clear up the existing traffic but to also take future growth into account. I am also concerned that the design of this development will denote the significance of local heritage buildings and land. Having watched my parents fight so hard to preserve and maintain a significant property that is heritage listed and the hawkesbury put so many restrictions on what they can and cannot do in order to preserve what it stands for and then for the council to consider this development is so contradicting on so many different levels. And lastly my concern is around flooding and evacuation, in the recent floods there was quite a large pooling of water which I would consider to be a mini flooding at mcgraths hill, basically opposite where the proposed location of the development is. So I am concerned that without any planning to avoid future flooding (infrastructure) that more traffic to this location will cause issues around potential accidents with people not being cautious of how dangerous even a small pooling of water can be will create caos and havoc.

    I am all for development in order to promote and support local businesses that growth will bring however the hawkesbury has such a huge significance to the Australian history and it would be really sad to see this demolished with developments such as a place of worship and the impacts it will cause our community overall.

    I would like to see the council put more thought into the future of the hawkesbury and be proactive and sensible about the decisions that are made based on the history and culture that the hawkesbury is about. Don't ruin what the hawkesbury stands for.

  17. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    heather commented

    We have just moved into Pitt Town. We chose this area for its heritage and its charm. There were many rules that we had to follow so that we blended in with our beautiful surroundings and in keeping with the Hawkesburys charater and charm. We were more than happy to comply with council on all of these matters because at the end of the day we are specifically moving out this way for that country atmosphere that the Hawkesbury still manages to provide. We are confused and dissapointed however that the same council who seemed to place great importance on keeping this area of ours beautiful has now decided that it would be ok to build an enormous building in colours that would contrast with the local environment and not blend in and compliment it. Not to mention the impact it would have on the local roads. Our vote is NO and quite frankly if we had known this earlier we would not have moved out this way. Very disappointing council.

  18. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Elizabeth Grady commented

    I think we have enough places of worship in the Hawkesbury. Our roads are congested now and nothing is done to improve them. What have we to gain by building this? Is it going to be used only as a temple or used as a meeting place/hall/education centre??? How many more will be allowed in the Hawkesbury? Will there be noise restrictions? Will it be bigger than any other building in the Hawkesbury?
    Councillors are voted in by the people to represent the people and do the best for their community. Are you really doing what's best for us or just lining your pockets in money paid under the table.
    Would you like this to be built next to your homes?

  19. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    robert timbs commented

    This is disgraceful the way this temple or whatever has been quickly pushed through council without consulting residents ..This is a very important issue as the Hawkesbury district is a noted historic site in Australia..Imagine coming to see Windsor etc. from the city and as you approach the first thing you see is a large temple..That is ridiculous planning..It would not fit into the scheme of things--And mcgraths hill has always been a bottleneck for Hawkesbury traffic so im sure this will only be the start of more problems there..Council needs to consult the residents and think more on this issue not just give the ok .Cant turn back the clock once its built..

  20. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    casey Thompson commented

    please do not approve this application. The Hawkesbury is not the appropriate place to house such a place of worship.
    Vote No to this application, it is not suited or wanted here

  21. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Lauren Leay commented

    With the recent flooding and constant traffic across Windsor road and the bypass bridge, building this structure in such a small area which is already heavily impacted by traffic would negatively impact further on McGraths Hill.
    The Windsor, McGraths Hill and Pitt Town area is one with strong and long historical ties. It is a rural, country town. This building would be out of place and take away from the sleepy, scenic, film worthy (and often is used for television and films) area. I strongly believe that allowing this structure to be built would TAKE more than it would ADD to McGraths Hill. Please do not approve this structure.

  22. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Shannon commented

    As a home owner of the McGraths Hill area I am gravely concerned what the application (if approved) will do to the property prices. I pay rates, partly for the council to govern the area in which I live in the best interest of the community. Clearly, this application is not in the best interests of our council/community.
    As a member of the wider community, I am alarmed at the potential impact this could have on the area. The existing infastructure is not adequate. The building is visually unattractive, and as a result of the monstrosity the sky line of the district as a whole will be effected.
    The Hawkesbury doesn't have the volume of community members from this religious nomination to justify the dwelling being constructed in the Council area.

  23. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Nathan commented

    The Hawkesbury is an area overflowing with examples of rich Australian history. As such, residents in relative areas must preserve the historic appearance of the area in their residential development.
    The Hawkesbury attracts a large number of tourists to the area to observe this history.
    Why should this application be any different? Surely council can see that a 10m high tower will devalue the visual appearance of the area?
    My objection is not religiously based, but rather based on the community preservation.
    We, as a community, can not, and will not stand for this.

  24. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Stephanie commented

    Without further development of the roads this should not be built in Mcgraths hill. Traffic there is already ridiculous in peak hour. The roads in the Hawkesbury are not equipped for extra traffic

  25. In Elizabeth Bay NSW on “Installation of a fabric...” at 64-68 Macleay Street Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011:

    Peter Young commented

    Sad the Council didn't give the community the choice- which it was given by the designer - of having natural shade trees or erecting an artificial structure made of plastic materials. So sad the Council choose the plastic option, rather than the natural option. Not only do trees provide shade, but they convert carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into oxygen which is then released back into the atmosphere and carbon which is stored (locked away). Opting for the artificial plastic option is very short sighted. It's not in keeping with the natural Fitzroy Gardens.

    The application should be refused and the trees for shade option adopted.

  26. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish part of the...” at 4 Osgood Avenue Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Rebecca commented

    I walk past this almost every day and I can tell you that the work is pretty much complete already! What happens if it's not approved?

  27. In Brunswick East VIC on “Use and development of site...” at 240 Lygon Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057:

    Rhonda Bavington commented

    Whilst this is a warehouse space being converted, there should be a limit to the height and number of apartments permitted per block. Already there is an 8 storey development going in at 272 and on the other side of the street a 6 storey development. The congestion in this area is already causing danger to the pedestrians, cyclists and road users.

    Parking should not be restricted, and the shadowing of the area is becoming an issue also. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments do not lead to long term residents. The suburbs loses on building a culture based around community involvement.

    I am not opposed to development, but would like it to contribute to the community as opposed to destroying it.

  28. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Carly commented

    I believe this is an inappropriate area for such a building. I have no problems the culture it will bring, however the Hawkesbury is already struggling to house the local population- for example, houses are selling before a sign is even put up. I think HCC needs to be looking after our current community first before bringing any more people to our town. Our roads are already congested and dangerous. Over 4000 homes are being built in box hill + more in Pitt Town. Add in a temple and people will come from far and wide.. Our town will not cope.

  29. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Vicki Durrant commented

    The Hawkesbury is an Historical Town in which we should be proud of.
    McGraths Hill is the gateway to beautiful Australian Historical Buildings, Business have been built on our heritage so to have a place of worship that does not reflect our History as the first thing you see coming to Windsor does not make logic.
    Please help them find and area that suits there needs for there place of worship, one with parking space and away from main stream traffic.
    As far as there being other places of worship with parking and traffic problems in the Hawkesbury these buildings are mainly Historical and can not be moved so why build another building that will have the same problems?

  30. In Mc Graths Hill NSW on “Place of Public Worship” at 10 Beddek Street, Mcgraths Hill, NSW:

    Greg commented

    I have a little planning experience so: -

    Forgetting any cultural/religious considerations.......Inappropriate visual imposition, shadowing and excessive traffic generation not in accordance with the road infrastructure to support any type of development that results in these outcomes - are valid reasons for opposing/denying such development.

    If you feel that strongly about ANY development, then exercise your right to contact your local Councillours and formally lodge objection with Hawkesbury City Council - but base your comment on facts that support your objection/s rather than just giving opinion.

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