The Chamber hosted Kevin Conolly MP for a special meeting to discuss the recent Precinct Plans. During the 1.5 hours meeting Mr. Connolly responded to a number of questions raised by members ranging from specific concerns to ideas on cohesive infrastructure implementation. The Member for Riverstone conceded he personally had little power to change the plans however assured the crowd that all submissions are considered by the Department of Planning and offered advice on the best way to achieve the best outcomes.
The Chamber encourages all Members to voice their opinions, ideas and suggestions in this forum in relation to The Schofields West Precinct Plans. Tell us on this forum page what you want.
For many years now I have been seeking a Technical Hub or building for Riverstone. We envisage a Technical Hub as something similar to Facebook style computer programming, large data analysis, computer gaming design and world wide distribution. Computer Gaming revenue is now greater than Hollywood movies!
The building to be built with innovative "green" features. Passive solar. On site electricity production (hydro, solar, wind with maybe geothermal). A computerised system to redistribute electricity to and from the grid and to set up a micro-grid with local houses, businesses. Gemma GREEN, Curtin University has collected an 80 apartment development which is a model. We have been in contact with her.
We believe local employment for local children which reduces wasted travelling time to the Big City. Google has parklands around their offices which can, at times, inspire creativity. Local creek parklands is what are proposed site has in the E2 Environmental Conservation area, adjacent to Bells Creek.
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Thanks Derek - great input. Where do you see this to fit into the West Schofields Precinct Plan?
Concerning the zoning changes along West Parade I would like to suggest an idea that, while it won’t save homes, I think will provide a better outcome for the current residents, the council and locals business.
The Dept of Planning have ruled out having it zoned as residential and have used council’s desire for parks to provide a balance between population with recreation. The haven’t mentioned anything about a commercial building - and have also set a precedent with the Riverstone Police Station which lies in exactly the same flood zoning.
A building on West Parade that was designed for personal trainers, indoor gymnasium, indoor sports, coffee shops or similar recreationally-focused activities and a multi-storey carpark on top is potentially an attractive financial proposition for a property developer.
The carpark would help alleviate the inevitable increased pressure on Riverstone Railway station during the week and provide options for weekend sports, while at the same time improving on Council’s desire to provide adequate recreational opportunities.
And it would mean that residents will have the power of negotiation instead of having to accept whatever council is prepared to pay for a land marked as green space. It may not save homes but residents are much more likely to get enough money to buy themselves an equivalent property.
We need to get the latest information as the residence on West Parade have had a win as such that the properties will remain as they are. It would be a good outcome if the area's would be able to have some development such a gym to create recreational space for the growing population.
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