Blakehurst ‘deplorable’ motel stands on development site | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Blakehurst 'deplorable' motel stands on development site | St George & Sutherland Shire LeaderARTICLE – September 24, 2015:
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

Blakehurst ‘deplorable’ motel stands on development site
(Link to the Leader’s online copy of the article)

Pictures: Jane Dyson

THERE may be more to the deplorable conditions at Blakehurst Motor Inn than meets the eye.

The motor inn has been described on national television, and a leading accommodation website, as a ‘‘motel from hell’’ amid calls for it to be shut down by regulatory authorities.

But it also happens to be a very lucrative development site waiting for Kogarah Council’s’s New City Plan to be approved.

Members of the United Kogarah City Residents Association (UKCRA) believe the motor inn had been allowed to run down, with the owners doing the bare minimum to cover costs, until the new zoning came into force when the New City Plan was approved.

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Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance) Bill 2015

Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance) Bill 2015
by The Hon. Paul Toole MP, Minister for Local Government, to the NSW Legislative Assembly, 8 September 2015:

Long Title:  An Act to amend the Local Government Act 1993 to modify the legislative scheme for dealing with councillor misconduct and poor performance and council maladministration, and for law revision purposes; and to make consequential amendments to the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

b2015-069-d15-HouseTo download the Bill before NSW Parliament, click here (PDF):
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To download the Minister’s explanation of the Bill to Parliament, click here (PDF):
Bill introduced on motion by Mr Paul Toole; Second Reading (16/09/2015) or read it in full below.


The Bill currently before NSW Parliament, will be dealt with when Parliament resumes shortly; it is expected to be passed.  Kogarah’s Councillors are now determining if the changes to the law will permit them have a quorum present to vote on the Draft Kogarah LEP, known as the New City Plan.


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A Current Affair | Channel 9 – “Motel Sign”

resizer.aspxA Current Affair programme of ninemsn, “Motel Sign” including notice of the Draft Kogarah LEP (New City Plan) which will rezone the site on the Princes Highway at Blakehurst.
Air date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Click here to watch the story from A Current Affair’s website archive – external link)


New Kogarah City Plan revolt: Hundreds join fight against high-rise | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

IMG_0733FRONT PAGE ARTICLE – September 4, 2015:
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

(Link to the Leader’s online copy of the article)

New Kogarah City Plan revolt: Hundreds join fight against high-rise
By Maria Galinovic

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Not happy: Kogarah New City Plan forum at Venus Reception Centre. Picture: Supplied

Hundreds of angry and sometimes volatile residents crowded into the Venus Reception Centre on Monday night to tell Kogarah Council what they thought of its proposed New City Plan.

Many doubted the council would take any notice.

Speaker after speaker said the public forum was just a formality which would do nothing to persuade the council to diverge from its plan to allow high-rises up to 11 storeys in many parts of the city and suburbs.

Speakers demanded that the plan — an LEP amendment to meet future housing needs — be returned to the drawing board for a fresh start more in keeping with the Kogarah lifestyle and the expectation of its residents.

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Kogarah City Council’s Public Forum for the New City Plan

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Kogarah City Council’s Extraordinary Council Meeting, held Monday, 31 August 2015 – the Public Forum for the New City Plan – produced the following minutes which lists the speakers before Council

Click here to download a PDF of the Extraordinary Council Meeting Minutes.


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A well-informed resident speaking at the Public Forum, raised an important point in their verbal submission. Back in the year 2012, an amendment was made to Section 451 of the Local Government Act, which changed the law to allow councillors to vote on changes to planning controls they have an interest in, as long as that interest is declared.

The Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Paul Toole MP, made the following statement to the press less than a week before the Public Forum:

“Let me make this clear: the government will amend the relevant section of the Local Government Act to ensure councillors will not be able to vote on any matters in which they have a pecuniary interest.” (The Hon. Paul Toole MP)

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Kogarah’s New City Plan faces residents’ hostility | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

IMG_0733ARTICLE (online only) – September 1, 2015:  
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
(Link to the Leader’s online copy of the article)

Kogarah’s New City Plan faces residents’ hostility
By Maria Galinovic

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