State Government plan will damage Riverwood, Coleman says

 The State Government wants to add another 5,000 apartments and 8000 residents to the old Riverwood housing estate, outlined on the map.
The State Government wants to add another 5,000 apartments and 8000 residents to the old Riverwood housing estate, outlined on the map.

Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman is calling on the State Government to rule out making radical changes to the area under its new Riverwood Plan and end the uncertainty of the community.

Mr Coleman is opposing the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's plan to build an additional 5,000 apartments in the suburb, adding another 8000 residents.

The first stage of redevelopment built around the Washington Avenue area of north Riverwood saw a mix of social and private housing with 150 social apartments and 675 private apartments.

Under the plans another 30 hectares of Riverwood would be redeveloped. The project is classed as a State Significant Precinct (SSP).

The area housed a US military hospital during World War 11 and then became the Herne Bay housing settlement and, later, more modern social housing.

In early 2018, more than 400 Riverwood residents signed a petition opposing the plan and which Mr Coleman presented to the State Government.

The government withdrew the Riverwood Plan and asked Canterbury-Bankstown Council to review the zoning of the site as part of its Local Environmental Plan process.

The new Riverwood Plan is expected to be released shortly.

Mr Coleman said the government should end the concerns of the community and withdraw the plan.

"The Riverwood Plan would have seen the population of Riverwood increase from 1,600 today to 9,600," Mr Coleman said.

"I opposed the Plan because a 500 per cent increase in population is completely wrong for our community," he said.

"The State Government must rule out making any changes that will damage Riverwood and surrounding areas," Mr Coleman said.

"The uncertainty in our community about the future of Riverwood has gone on for far too long.

"It is well past time for the State Government to make a clear commitment to preserving the character of Riverwood and not proceeding with radical changes."

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