$13.6m Bilambil project
A PROPOSED residential development for Bilambil worth $13.6 million would see up to 52 houses built on a former quarry site.
The Tweed Daily News was yesterday shown the first concept drawings for the subdivision, which was put out for public comment by the New South Wales Department of Planning this week.
The affordable housing development will squeeze 52 residential lots and a commercial lot on the the 4.713 hectare block, situated on the corner of Urliup and Hogan roads.
The residential blocks will be sized between 450 square metres and 800 square metres.
Despite concerns raised about density, sewerage and storm water run-off, project manager John Sherwood said it was an opportunity to improve the former quary.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to convert an exiting eyesore and scar on the landscape into something worthwhile for our community,” Mr Sherwood said yesterday.
“This site is a quarry, it has been so since 1966 and will be so on going as there will be no licence issued for quarry operations.”
“Currently the creek is polluted from wash off from the quarry, and this we will totally remediate and convert into a clean development with thorough water sedimentation control to the approval of all of the authorities.
“In addition the sewerage connections will allow the connections of the nearby school and sports club, thus further enhancing the environment.
“The lot designs are for low-cost housing, properly designed in landscaped streets with access to play grounds and play equipment.
“A small retail centre will also be provided for the new community.
The estimated construction cost of the project is approximately $3.125 million and about fifteen full-time jobs will be generated during the operational stages of the development.
However, the density of the estate doesn't sit too well with some residents, including Peter Lazer, who will be making a submission to the Department of Planning about the estate.
“I can't see there being 52 homes on an 11-acre block of land,” Mr Lazer said.
“They should have 25 to 26 houses in the area, I find it very unusual.
“I am not against progress, but I don't see this as being right.”
Mr Lazer, a scaffolding business owner, said he was concerned about the increased catchment area that would be created by the rooves of 52 houses and the flooding the development could cause in the Bilambil Creek.
He also said the estate would be forced to pump its sewage to the Bilambil Heights station, which was already at capacity.
Mr Sherwood said should the development be approved by the State Government, it was hoped blocks would be on the market by the end of the year.
Darryl Anderson Consulting prepared the Major Project Application for developers Jackson International and details are on public display at Tweed Shire Council offices or on the internet at http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.