Housing estates fly in the face of biodiversity

Warnervale and Wadalba rated as fourth hottest housing growth area on the Central Coast (Edition 165), yet they were not mentioned as the first hottest bushland and biodiversity destruction region.
Having this ranking is nothing to be proud of, unless the constructions are affordable and well designed, but when the region is denuded of trees and bushland and they become hard surface wastelands with grey tiles as far as you can see, it does nothing positive for the Central Coast as a whole.
When prices for a home average $600,000 at the Warnervale and Wadalba estates and land prices alone average $500,000 at Catherine Hill Bay, nothing could be seen as affordable or sustainable for our future.
Prices in established areas such as Bateau Bay or the North Entrance are no higher, and in some cases, even lower.
It goes against all Council surveys that indicate that bushland and our way of life is why most of us choose the Central Coast to live.
It flaunts with environmental Acts and policies put in place to protect the visual amenity and the positive attributes of having bushlands with incredible biodiversity.
Have we not learnt anything from Sydney’s hot spots like Rouse Hill and Kellyville, where new rail lines are needed to be built decades later, because of the inability of planners to see the population growing too quickly for the current infrastructure?
This adds to issues like supply of water, electricity, schools, hospitals, parks and other amenities, and the only reason why we go ahead with such monstrosities is because Council benefits with further rates and fees for construction.
What do the ratepayers get out of it?
More traffic and increases in land rates to keep up with Council’s obligations.
We have 32 per cent of our population having a disability or mobility issue.
We have the third largest ageing population in NSW, yet we persist in building estates that are far from accessible or inclusive.
Absolutely nothing is instilled into planning for the true meaning of community, just the quick buck and worry about the consequences some years later.
Of course Central Coast Council and the Housing Industry Authority, Hunter, wants the Central Coast to end up nothing more than a concrete jungle, because that’s their business and they don’t care.
No thought for sustainable or innovative design and layout of estates.
Cloned houses row after row with very little thought on infrastructure, just the basics to conform to legislation.
The word from Central Coast Council is very confusing.
On one hand they talk about biodiversity and the value of having bushland and on the other they pass housing estates that do nothing for protecting what we value most.

Email, Jun 11
Gary Blaschke, Lake Munmorah

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