Vote on Council's plans for the heart of Huskisson!
Share and vote now - your voice matters...
It's time to make your voice heard in the campaign to save the iconic view in the heart of Huskisson.
We last wrote to you with an update that we had successfully campaigned for a prime block of land to be brought into public ownership to protect the heart of Huskisson. After months of meetings and workshops, Council (the new owners of 'the block') have published four options as part of their Foreshore Masterplan for community feedback. Council assure us a decision has not yet been made.
All of the options effect the view in some way. To make the array of options easier to choose from, we explain them below. You may have a whole new idea or prefer a hybrid of the proposed scenarios. Let Council know what you think! (Click on the underlined words for links).
Read Council Report for design principles (pg 30 on) and financial feasibility (pg 65)
You must make your submission before 5pm Wednesday 10 August 2016
Scenario 1a - Park/Plaza
Closest to our Save the Heart of Huskisson idea with park/plaza at Owen Street Level with commercial development underneath. However 1a does not slope down towards the wharf as we wanted. Views from Owen Street will be slightly compromised as it goes out all the way at Owen Street level.
Scenario 1b - Glazed Pavilion
A slightly different version of 1a but with a ‘transparent’ kiosk along most of the Owen street side of the block. This idea came out a workshop run by Council, however almost everyone in the community reference group asked for the pavilion to run north/south (along the western side of the block), not east/west (along Owen Street). The request was ignored.
Scenario 2 - Rezone current Club's footprint + build on western half of block
This option has a 2-3 storey building on Owen Street, taking up some of 'the block' and view to the western side. It has an elevated public section PLUS a very wide, green, park-like, 65 metre community area area sloping down to the wharf. In this scenario the current Club Jervis Bay site would swap some of its ground in return for extra height. The whole view and space would move to the EAST.
NB This idea stands or falls on the prospect of the Club's current building footprint moving east – something we all thought to be a highly unlikely until recently.
Look closely for the red dotted line showing the clubs current size. If the current club site's move to the east didn't go ahead, the view and potential public space would be significantly compromised.
Scenario 3 - Current zoning with maximum height building
This scenario shows the block built out to maximum current zoning on 59 Owen street and the current Club site built to maximum of its zoning. We do not agree that this option should be included as an option.
Save the Heart of Huskisson DOES NOT SUPPORT Scenario 3.
Scenario 3 was not developed by the Community Reference Group but was introduced at the second to last reference group meeting by the consultant in its entirety as "a test of community resolve and to test community reaction to the extreme" as well as to test the (developer dollar) concept of "financial feasibility".
BUSINESS or STAKEHOLDER GROUP? Ensure you submit that information.
Remember to clearly state which option (or mixture of options or none) you prefer and why. Remember to state which options you don't like and why.
Don't forget to explain all your reasons for your preference and tell council why you have an interest. If other people in your family want to send in a submission that is OK !
'Please share this information...
Tell everyone you know who cares about Huskisson and Jervis Bay's future: locals and lovers of this iconic tourist hotspot, or anyone with an interest in the preservation of this precious space and priceless view can have their say. Please share information with those who are not online.