LAKE ILLAWARRA DEVELOPMENT
Mr SULLIVAN (Wollongong) [6.13]: I wish to continue a private member's statement that I commenced on 25 October dealing with Lake Illawarra and the Lake Illawarra Authority and development proposals affecting mostly reclaimed land on the eastern and northern sides of Griffins Bay, which is in the north-eastern corner of Lake Illawarra. The Lake Illawarra Authority has identified nine major indicative lease areas. I refer to page 9 of the development guidelines publication prepared on behalf of the Lake Illawarra Authority. In chapter 3 under the heading "General" it is claimed that the proposal has been publicised in the media and in exhibitions and has wide community support. There is a large question mark over that statement. I attended two public meetings held many years ago at which intense development of the lake foreshore was overwhelmingly opposed. More than 200 people attended the first meeting and about 150 attended the second.
I shall refer to each of the proposed lease areas and indicate what is proposed by the authority. Sites Nos 1, 2 and 3 are of approximately one hectare each. They are at the eastern end of Griffins Bay and front onto King Street. Their maximum potential development could involve 70 per cent of the land area, and with buildings extending to 12 metres in height. So multistorey buildings could be erected on the sites. Site No. 4 is of the order of four hectares and is located at the intersection of Northcliffe Drive at King Street. In general discussions with the authority it was earmarked for hotel-motel-restaurant development. Site No. 5 faces Northcliffe Drive, is approximately one hectare, and could be leased for commercial recreation purposes or licensed for sports club use. Site No. 6 also faces Northcliffe Drive. It is approximately three hectares and may be leased or licensed for organised sporting use. The presumption is that sites 5 and 6 would be sterilised from public use for the use of the organisations which obtain the leases or licences.
Site No. 7 is of about 500 square metres and is adjacent to the lake foreshore. It is virtually on the water's edge and could be leased for the development of a kiosk. Site No. 8 is located off Northcliffe Drive and is approximately half a hectare. It could be leased or licensed for a variety of uses, such as a water oriented club or for sport and recreation activities. Site No. 9 is located to the west of the Illawarra Yacht Club between Northcliffe Drive and the lake. It is approximately one hectare and could be used for activities associated with the maintenance of water craft. The development guidelines document states in relation to minor leases and licence sites on page 10:
I am gravely concerned about how much of the eastern and northern foreshore of Griffins Bay would be available for community use. That is my main concern in raising this issue. [Time expired.]
In addition to the sites mentioned above, the LIA intends to offer short term leases or licences for various community and commercial uses throughout the Griffins Bay area. This could be for such activities as a floating restaurant, sailboard hire, exhibitions, community events . . . or private functions . . .