Old Farm Road Precinct
Att: Wollongong City Council
Locked Bag 8821,
WOLLONGONG DC NSW 2500
Re: Planning Proposal '7D' land Old Farm Road Precinct
I agree that the Old Farm Road precinct must be zoned E2 Environmental Conservation, as it sits above tributary creeks leading to the Hacking River. All stormwater and run off leads directly to the Hacking River, and borders the Garawarra State Conservation & Royal National Park area. Containment ponds in Helensburgh have failed , and more will not help. There is no guarantee stormwater and pollution control systems will work effectively in such a high rainfall region. The only method to retain the relative purity of the Hacking catchment and river, is to cease and prevent any new development, and restore degraded land to native bush.
The forest and bushland north, east and south of this precinct should not only be preserved but restored. It provides an important buffer and air filter to the airborne coaldust from the Metropolitan Colliery, and a natural block to hot westerly winds, keeping the Otford valley and Hacking catchment moist and temperate.
An zoning other than E2 does not provide adequate protection against land clearing nor future high density dwellings. We have already seen how quick the Department of Planning can remove clauses that would otherwise inhibit development. This precinct must be zoned E2