Flinders estate developers have washed their hands of the noise pollution problem from the M1 Motorway claiming they complied with all “relevant legislation and guidelines” from all “relevant government authorities”.
The news flies in the face of public statements last week by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, Gareth Ward MP indicating that:
…this is a matter for the developers and the development conditions of consent. This is not a matter for RMS, this is clearly a condition of consent set down in the Flinders estate subdivision from 2001.
Why should the taxpayer be paying for something that is the developer’s responsibility?
(Illawarra Mercury, 19 May 2016, page 4).
In a letter to Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson MP dated 19 May and received today, PEET Limited – a developer of the Sea Crest Estate at Flinders – says:
The new community at Sea Crest has been established in line with all relevant legislation and guidelines, and with the full approval of all relevant government authorities.
UrbanGrowth NSW also told Ms Watson in a letter last December:
Landom (now UrbanGrowth NSW) complied with the development consents as issued by Council…in 2001 and 2003 respectively, including the required noise attenuation measures that were provided at the time.
The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay MLC, like Mr Ward last week, indicated to Ms Watson in April:
…Roads and Maritime confirm Shellharbour City Council and the developer (PEET) are responsible for noise mitigation at this location.
While the State Government and developers point the finger, shift blame and wash their hands of the problem, hundreds of Flinders estate resident must continue to cope with increasing noise from the M1 Motorway.
Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“Flinders estate residents are not asking for the Great Wall of China to be built here.
“We’re talking about a 500-metre stretch which currently has no protection against noise from the M1 Motorway.
“The finger pointing and blame shifting must end, and this problem resolved.”
25 May 2016