The Kogarah Bay Progress Association and its members often write formal submissions to Council and other relevant government bodies expressing the interests of the residents of the Kogarah Bay Ward.
All members are encouraged to write their own submissions in addition to those written by the Association, as often the volume of submissions is a major factor in making a difference for many issues. Use the submissions below as a basis for writing your own submission on issues of interest.
The Kogarah Bay Progress Association wrote the following submission to the Geographical Names Board in support of the proposed renaming of the South Street Reserve (corner of Montgomery and South Streets, Kogarah) to ‘Edith Blake Reserve’.
Support for naming proposal ‘Edith Blake Reserve’
The following submission was sent to Georges River Council on 1st August 2019 in response to Council’s Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement. The main points the submission covered are outlined below:-
Identifying the Regional Sporting Hub - we believe that Carss Bush Park should be identified as the Regional Sporting Hub for our district in lieu of Jubilee Stadium.
Medium Density Housing Stocks - we believe the old Kogarah Municipality has already taken more than its share of increased densities in recent years with the massive increase in zonings as a result of the New City Plan and there should not be any further increases in this area until critical infrastructure catches up to these increased densities.
Aquatic Facilities - with increased populations there should be no reduction in aquatic capacity in the LGA and with the recent closure of Carss Park Pool there should be a new 50m pool complemented by a 25m indoor pool and gym constructed in the immediate future on the site of the current Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park.
The LSPS is scheduled to be reported to the GRC Environment & Planning Committee on 14 October and then proceed to the Council Meeting on 28 October seeking adoption of the LSPS.
Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement
The following letter was sent to the NSW Minister for Planning on 31st July 2019 in relation to the economic advantages private developers have in building boarding houses in accordance with the NSW Affordable Housing SEPP. Our association is concerned with the loss in open space contributions to Council as a result of developers exploiting the financial advantages contained within the SEPP as a result of building boarding houses in lieu of residential flat buildings.
Affordable Housing SEPP 2009 - Division 3 - Boarding Houses
The following letter was sent to the NSW Minister for Planning on 31st July 2019 to express our associations concerns that the 40 day deemed refusal provision of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation is no longer adequate based on the size and complexity of development applications that exist today. We call on the Minister to consider extending this period to 60-80 days.
deemed refusal provision of Environmental planning and assessment regulation
The following submission was sent to Bayside Council on 10th June 2019 in response to Development Application DA2018/151 at 238-242 Rocky Point Road, Ramsgate. The DA seeks to gain approval to build a 70-room boarding house, in the same building footprint as Development Application DA2017/174 for 18 luxury apartments that was previously approved by Bayside Planning Panel on 27/2/2018. You can read more about the history of the development applications at this site in this article by The Leader.
238-242 Rocky Point Rd, Ramsgate (DA2018/151 - Proposed 70-room Boarding House)
In Oct 2017 the Beverley Park Golf Club submitted a DA to demolish the existing Staff Workshop and construct a new Staff Workshop and Maintenance building 5 times the size of the existing building. In April 2019, this Development Application was renotified with amended plans and updated Statement of Environmental Effects. On behalf of the residents whose properties adjoin the site of the proposed maintenance building, the Kogarah Bay Progress Association wrote the following submission to Georges River Council. Submissions close on 24th May, and residents are encouraged to write submissions to support the affected neighbours.
beverley park golf course maintenance shed (da2017/0472)
planning proposal pp2018/0001 Low rise medium density housing
In response to Georges River Council’s Low Rise Medium Density Planning Proposal, the Kogarah Bay Progress Association have written the attached letter of support for the proposal, which in essence, is trying to protect the low-density residential character or our R2 low-density residential zones.
Kogarah Bay Progress Association are very concerned at proposed changes outlined in Georges River Council’s Draft Code of Meeting Practice 2019. In particular we are very concerned that a number of the proposed changes in Council’s Draft Code of Meeting Practice 2019 are not mandatory directions within the NSW Office of Local Government Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW 2018, and in fact some clauses are contrary to those directions.
Kogarah Bay Progress Association have sent a submission to Council that outlines these concerns.
Residents are encouraged to write their own submission to Council before the public exhibition period closes on 13th May 2019.
See Leader article on 8th May 2019.
See Leader article on 28th May 2019 folling Council meeting
Georges River Council Code of Meeting Practice 2019
Georges River Council have developed a draft Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy, which provides high-level direction for community centres, libraries, open space, sport and recreation facilities, athletics and aquatic facilities in the Georges River area.
Council is seeking community feedback on this Strategy until Sunday 7 April 2019.
Kogarah Bay Progress Association have developed a submission and sent to Council in response to the recommendations outlined in this draft strategy. Residents are encouraged to write their own submissions to Council, before the 7th April deadline on issues that concern them.
OPen space, recreation & community facility strategy
Kogarah Bay Progress Association has sent the following letter to Georges River Council, on behalf of residents of Parkside Drive, Carss Park in relation to the construction of a new large sporting facility including a 16-vehicle carpark within the park and road reserve opposite their homes. Council states that they were not required to submit a development application, and thus residents were given no opportunity for input via the standard neighbour notification process.
KBPA was not satisfied with the response from the Director of Assets and Infrastructure and wrote this reply on 1st May 2019.
Leader article: New $1.75m sports block at Charles Pirie Reserve
Parkside Drive Sporting Amenities Block
Development Control Plans (DCP) for High Rise Residential Flat Buildings
The following letter was sent to Georges River Council on 13th Feb, 2019 expressing the Association’s dismay at Council’s lack of Development Control Plans for high rise residential flat buildings. Council has had nearly 2 years to prepare a DCP to guide good design, following the gazettal of the New City Plan in May 2017 which allowed increased densities with a 21.0m height limit. Council’s inaction on this matter is resulting in the future character of the Wyuna St, Stubbs St, John St, Park Road, Princes Hwy precinct being set by developers with no community input.
Gail Connolly, General Manager of Georges River Council responded to the Association’s above letter on 28th Feb 2019. See response below.
KBPA was not satisfied with the General Manager’s response and wrote the reply on 26th March 2019.
At the 23rd April 2019 Council meeting there was a Notice of Motion to immediately develop a site specific Development Control Plan for the Wyuna St/John St precinct of Beverley Park and Kogarah Bay to put rules in place for 7-storey units being built immediately opposite single storey dwellings.
A Kogarah Bay Progress Association committee member made a 3min address to Councillors during the Public Forum on the urgent need to implement a site specific DCP for this precinct. You can view the address on Council’s webcast (Click ‘Join the Event’ and go to min 41:15 – 45:52 to see 3 min address. Go to min 1:38:26 - 1:45:33 to see the Councillor debate/discussion/voting on the Notice of Motion). The Notice of Motion was supported unanimously by all Councillors, with an amendment from Councillor Katris to also include the western side of Princes Hwy between Jubilee Ave and Park Road in the DCP.
Notice of Motion NM031-19 did not include a timeframe for the preparation and implementation of the DCP, so following the publication of the Minutes, Kogarah Bay Progress Association wrote the following letter to the General Manager.
2-6 Lacey St, Kogarah Bay & 186-190 Princes Hwy, Beverley Park (DA2018/0513) - ‘Sunnyside’
The following submission was sent to Georges River Council on 13th Feb, 2019 in response to the Development Application DA2018/0513 at 2-6 Lacey St, Kogarah Bay and 186-190 Princes Hwy, Beverley Park. The DA seeks to gain approval to build a seven storey residential flat building with 50 units adjacent to the heritage building ‘Sunnyside’ and directly opposite single storey dwellings. This Development Application will be determined by the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel (LPP). You can read more about this DA in this article by The Leader.
Update: on 19th Sept 2019, the Georges River Local Planning Panel refused this development application. Read the Minutes of the LPP meeting for reasons for refusal.
5-11A Wyuna St, Beverley Park (DA2018/0516)
The following submission was sent to Georges River Council on 13th Feb, 2019 in response to the Development Application DA2018/0516 at 5-11A Wyuna St, Beverley Park. The DA seeks to gain approval to build a seven storey residential flat building with 64 units directly opposite single storey dwellings. This Development Application will be determined by the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel (LPP).
The following submission was sent to the Director, Housing Policy, NSW Department of Planning and Environment on 10th December, 2018 in response to the Draft Amendments to the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP.
proposed boarding house at 14 English St, Kogarah
A local resident wrote this detailed submission to Georges River Council objecting to the proposed Boarding House at 14 English St and has given approval for it to be featured here.
The following submission was sent to the Director Transport Assessments,
NSW Department of Planning and Environment on 10th December, 2018 in response to the F6 Extension Stage 1 - Environmental Impact Statement public exhibition.
The following letter was sent to the Mayor, Councillors and General Manager of Georges River Council, requesting automated email notifications when new council business papers are published to council’s website.
The Mayor, Kevin Greene wrote the following to Kogarah Bay Progress Association in response to the request.
Public notification of published council business papers
Beverley Park Golf Course Fence