APPALLING proposals by the Department of Planning would see high-rise development given open season in Earlwood, Bardwell Park and Turrella under proposals to make the areas around the two stations a "Priority Precinct".
"Who has asked for these Priority Precincts?" asks Peter Stevens of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society.
"Certainly not the local communities," he said.
"Though no doubt developers and real estate agents are rubbing their hands.
"Given what has happened along the Bankstown Line, particularly at Canterbury, we can expect that the East Hills/Airport line will suffer the same fate, with Bexley North, Kingsgrove and Beverly Hills, next to go.
"The State Government constantly appeals to the need to accommodate a growing population, but should be channelling that population to our regional and rural areas that keenly want it.
"Its current approach with both roads and housing is laying waste to whole swathes of Sydney's inner suburbs."
The local Precinct covers almost all of the Wolli Creek Regional Park, nearing completion after 25 years; the Precinct is labelled Bardwell Park and Turrella although large areas of Earlwood are also included and there is no mention of the M5 East exhaust stack at Turrella and the impact that would have.
"We appreciate the formation of the Wolli Creek Regional Park by the State Government," Mr Stevens said.
"However, the scale of development associated with a Priority Precinct will impact negatively on that park, its bushland, the quality of the creek, and the native wildlife living there to say nothing of the local residents."
The Society has been shocked to find that a drop-in 'information session' initially set down for Arncliffe on June 20 has been transferred, without notice, to July 24 at Rockdale Library – even further away from the affected communities.