Residents do give a fig

Facing the chop: The tree in Wilbar Avenue opposite the BP service station on the corner of Kingsway, is heritage listed in the shire's 2015 LEP. Picture: John Veage
Facing the chop: The tree in Wilbar Avenue opposite the BP service station on the corner of Kingsway, is heritage listed in the shire's 2015 LEP. Picture: John Veage

Re the article “Fig tree faces the chop and nature reserve will become bitumen” (Leader,  July 12).

I was outraged to read about the plans to cut down the Moreton Bay fig tree at Wilbur Avenue.

It’s outrageous that the council has endorsed this plan.

Everything should be done to save such a precious natural part of our local heritage - hence it being heritage listed in the first place!

I am again disappointed in Sutherland Shire Council. 

A council focussed on overdeveloping the area and therefore needing to find unimaginative and cheap quick fixes for traffic congestion!

Why don’t they add a levy to the development of duplexes to fund infrastructure and public transport solutions to support the population increases rather than cutting down iconic heritage listed trees.


I drove past the new Sharks Club development last night and observed numerous cars parked in the parking areas for the nearby sporting fields. It was raining and it was late. 

No sport was being played and hadn’t been for several hours. The cars were obviously overflow parking from the new residential development. 

As the development is only partially completed it is clear that insufficient parking exists within the development and the problem will only get worse. 

I’m sure Leader readers will agree this is normal for all high-rise in the shire. 

New development applications should have significantly greater provision for off street parking than is currently required.

Peter Barrington, Port Hacking

Another edition of the Leader (July 5 )and another story of a greedy developer trying to raise the stakes at the detriment of the shire.

How many times have Capital Bluestone amended its Sharkies development plans since it originally began, slowly creeping higher and wider. What’s an extra 222 apartments between friends? 

Kirrawee brickpit is the same,  under the guise of providing more affordable housing, who are they trying to kid - I couldn’t agree more with Jeff Harte (Your View, July 5).

And you think the impact is ‘‘too great’’ now, I can’t wait til stages 3, 4 and 5 of the Greenhills sprawl get started.

Gordon Roberts, Sylvania

The hills are alive with the sound of jack-hammers in “Developer’s Paradise” formerly known as the Sutherland Shire.

But who is responsible for the control of the traffic which will flow as a result? Is it the council, the State Government? Who?

Or will it be simply left to chance? Has anyone in a position of authority anything to say?

Should some measures not be in place now, then in the near future, the congestion in Developer’s Paradise, will give new meaning to the words “Traffic logjam”. 

Lyle Keats, Miranda

RE the article ‘‘Boarding House Blues’’ (Leader, July 5).

Thank you for bringing the new boarding house proposal in Jannali to the community’s attention.

We cannot believe there is another housing project proposed within the 1km radius of EIGHT others already underway.

There are two being built on George’s River Road as we write, plus another on Sixth Avenue doors down from a childcare centre and another around the corner on Samuels Avenue directly opposite a primary school entrance.

Why has Jannali been dubbed the new ‘home of housing’?

What do our local members think and doing to do about our concerns?

Surely we have met our quota of housing? 

More than 120 new social housing residents are proposed to move into these new developments - now add another 10 single transient tenants to that plus vehicles. Where does it end?!

Concerned Family, Jannali