As the dust settles from a torturous political period for the Central Coast and beyond, with both State and Federal elections, what does it mean for us Coasties?
Gladys has a win for the state and Scomo for the country and the Libs, yet where does it put us regarding our future?
The Central Coast and Newcastle have long been Labor strongholds, yet in these elections they had swings against them.
The Liberal’s, Lucy Wicks, bucked the trend in Robertson, whilst Dobell and Shortland had massive scares for Labor with minor parties and independents effectively having no impact.
The biggest scare was in Queensland, where the Labor Premier saw the writing on the wall for next year’s state elections and has effectively approved the Adani coal mine.
You ask how does this impact on the Central Coast?
Having a majority of Labor members for both State and Federal parliaments on the Coast this effectively stifles any serious debate, thus giving the green light for the massive dumping of housing and mining projects on the northern suburbs through the Liberal designed Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, and subsequent proposed regional precincts such as the Structure Plan Greater Lake Munmorah.
We, as the residents and ratepayers, have had democracy removed from the process of planning whilst faceless bureaucrats in Sydney dictate our future.
Row after row of grey tiled roofs, destruction of our precious bushlands, further impact on our waterways and increasing traffic congestion are just a few of the nightmares proposed and facing the Central Coast.
All Labor and Independent members on the Coast and Lake Macquarie regions should be calling for an Upper House inquiry into how the Central Coast and beyond was targeted as a dumping ground for Sydney’s failure to plan appropriately over past decades.
Infrastructure that cannot sustain the impacts of over 40,500 new dwellings, 10,500 more than what is proposed for Badgerys Creek City for Sydney’s second airport.
The Coast does not need or want housing estates as far as the eye can see, such as Rouse Hill and Kellyville in Sydney, yet the writing is on our wall with developers and mining companies circling like vultures, and that is exactly what we’re getting thanks to the Liberal Governments.
The Federal Resourses Minister, Matthew Canavan, has been suspiciously quiet during the elections, as he not only wants Adani to proceed, he also wants gas rigs off our coastline and it’s about to begin because we have no aggressive opposition.
Email, May 29
Gary Blaschke, Lake Munmorah