''Extreme'' development caused swing back to ALP in Miranda says councillor

''Extreme development'': Cr Phil Blight. Picture: Jane Dyson
''Extreme development'': Cr Phil Blight. Picture: Jane Dyson

‘‘Extreme’’ development proposed for Sutherland Shire was the major reason for Miranda by-election result, Labor councillor Phil Blight said.

‘‘The community can accept heights of 6 storeys but not having 16 storeys or more over the shire and densities greater than we have ever seen in the shire,’’ he said.

‘‘The community expects sensible development, not extreme development.’’

Mr Collier, who is returning to Parliament after a swing to Labor of 27 per cent, said Premier Barry O’Farrell had to accept that the reasons went deeper than Graham Annesley’s resignation and allegations involving Sutherland Shire Council.

The government had to recognise the level of concern about overdevelopment, Sutherland Hospital needs, fire stations closures and TAFE cuts.

In an interview with the Leader, Mr O’Farrell denied his government had neglected the shire.

Full report in tomorrow’s Leader.

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