Residents voice concerns on Kew Industrial project

Kew Industrial project: The developer has confirmed the project is going ahead and clearing of vegetation begun on Monday, August 5. Photo: supplied.
Kew Industrial project: The developer has confirmed the project is going ahead and clearing of vegetation begun on Monday, August 5. Photo: supplied.

Residents who live at Logans Crossing have voiced their concerns about a development which they say will have a detrimental impact on the character of the Camden Haven.

The Development Application (DA) for the Kew Industrial project was approved by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in 2008.

The development is located on the western boundary of the North Coast Railway line, between Kew and Herons Creek.

According to the DA plans, it includes 41 large industrial lots available to purchase and lease.

The developer has confirmed the project is going ahead and clearing of vegetation commenced on Monday, August 5.

A Logans Crossing resident, who did not want to be identified, said the neighbours are angry and disappointed about the lack of communication about the project.

"I only found out about the development from my neighbour," she said.

The resident relocated to the area about 18 months ago with her family

The family were attracted to the pristine area, with its fresh country air and river frontage.

"All of that is going to go, now that we're going to have a heavy industrial area on our doorstep," she said.

The resident said the last few weeks have been extremely stressful for her family, as they no longer want to stay in the area and are worried about the potential to on-sell their property.

The developer said residents who live near the project had been informed by letter of its commencement.

However the Logans Crossing resident, who lives about 300 metres away from the development, said she hasn't had any form of contact with the developer.

The developer said the project abides by all laws, while extensive community consultation and studies have been conducted.

The developer said the project will provide a boost for the local economy, due to the creation of jobs.

A number of studies were carried out on approximately 200 acres of land, which included 100 acres zoned industrial and 100 acres of conservation land, before the company received their DA approval in 2008.

The DA outlines the area had to undergo fauna studies and land has been designated to provide animal corridors

According to the plan, the area has also been developed for industrial purposes, designed to be flood free.

Indigenous community representatives have also inspected the land.

For more information please contact council on 6581 8111.

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