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65 Residents form a petition against a Moorebank High-rise

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

October 11 2018 - 10:06AM Story by Madeline Wong

OPPOSED: Moorebank's Carol O'Donnell opposes the high-rise and has started a petition with the help of campaigner Michael Andjelkovic and her daughter Tanya O'Donnell, here outside Moorebank shopping centre. Picture: Chris Lane

Carol O’Donnell has lived at Moorebank for 48 years and doesn’t want to see it overtaken by high-rises.

She, her daughter and campaigner Michael Andjelkovic have created a petition against a proposal for a unit block at 23 to 29 Harvey Avenue.

According to public documents, the developer has proposed demolishing existing structures and building a six-storey building of 58 units.

Mrs O’Donnell said Moorebank will be over-developed unless Liverpool Council stops it.

“I live 500 metres from the site and I’d look at it from my back yard,” she said. “I can’t stand back any more. Developers are dumping everything here – there are plans for a boarding house, another high-rise on Nuwarra Road and the Moorebank Intermodal. None of this belongs in our suburb!”

She said the community’s response to the petition has been wonderful.

“We’re all livid. Hundreds of people have signed it. We wouldn’t mind duplexes but not six-storey high-rises. It’d change the area and our neighbourhood has already been transformed dramatically because there are three major high-rise buildings.

“Our streets are narrow so when construction starts streets will be blocked. And there won’t be enough underground parking; visitors will likely park on either side of the road which could create one-lane traffic both ways. We bought into this area because it’s what we could afford.

“There are concerns over pollution and the value of our properties.”

The council’s acting chief executive Chris White responded.

“Council staff are assessing the DA and will prepare a report for the local planning panel which will make the final decision,” he said.

“Residents within 75 metres of the site were notified and were originally given to October 10 to give feedback but the council extended the deadline to October 25 because of strong local interest. In this instance, 49 separate properties were notified.

“Anyone who’s made an individual submission will be invited to address the panel. If the council’s assessment reveals the development will create traffic and parking problems, staff will recommend appropriate mitigation for the panel to impose, should it decide to approve it.”

The council is unable to publicly identify the developer, whose application was made via a third party.

“The council publishes the identity of the applicant for all development applications,” chief executive Kiersten Fishburn said.

“The owner is identified to the council as part of the application, however, the council does not publish this information, which is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection act of 1988.”

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