On the 5th of June 2021 a Resident Action Group was formed with 70 people deeply concerned and outraged at the prospect of the destruction of Glenlee and all that would be lost. The Development Application currently before Georges River Council proposes to subdivide it into 31 building lots.
A further meeting was held on June 12th where over 100 people met with Councillors, Kevin Greene, and Colleen Symington, to share their concerns about:
The loss of a significant part of the history of Lugarno and the State of NSW: its Early Settler history and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage as listed by the National Trust
The destruction of a vital part of a forested foreshore corridor that extends from Oatley through Oatley Park to Lugarno and Saltpan Creek to the Georges River National Park. It is home to a wide range of native wildlife including Swamp wallabies, Echidna, Powerful Owl, Eastern Osprey. Numerous endangered species forage and nest in its trees and their understory
The removal of over 200 mature trees, many 70 to 100 years old. These trees include Blackbutt, Grey Gum, Angophora, Smooth-barked Apple, Red Bloodwood and Sydney Peppermint. They contain the hollows needed by a myriad of birds and animals to nest, and provide nectar, foliage, seed and insects for birds and mammals
The loss of the natural vegetation that filters the stormwater and is currently preserving the river
system. An additional 31 properties along with the existing stormwater runoff from surrounding streets will be collected on hard surfaces and redirected in its entirety not 40m from the Georges River, while the remainder of the runoff that is collected on the extensive hard surfaces will flood through to the
river without any facility for filtration. The water quality in the Coastal Environment Area will be
The peace and safety of 3 cul-de-sacs that will be opened to service the development. These roads were never designed for through traffic. Jacaranda Avenue is only 2 cars wide and will never support the increased traffic without major congestion. Increased parking in already crowded, narrow streets
Overdevelopment of an already over-stretched infrastructure. There is one road in and out of the peninsula that is currently struggling to cope with traffic, especially at peak hour. In the event of an evacuation order during a bushfire, the increased population exiting through narrow, congested streets would add to the danger.