Kingborough residents demand answers from Tasmanian Government over ‘fast track’ rezone at Huntingfield

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Kingborough Mayor Dean Winter, Tarremah Steiner School Council chair Rachel Downie, expert planner Evan Boardman and business owner Greg Whitten address the crowd at Kingborough community meeting.

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MORE than 300 concerned residents packed Kingborough’s Community Hub last night demanding answers on the State Government’s planned “fast track” rezoning at Huntingfield.

The meeting — facilitated by Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania — called on the Tasmanian Parliament to reject the proposed housing supply land order for 1287 Channel Highway.

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House of Assembly Speaker Sue Hickey sat in the crowd, beside Nelson MLC Meg Webb and Hobart Councillor Bill Harvey. Premier Will Hodgman was an apology.

Hobart Councillor Bill Harvey, Speaker Sue Hickey and MLC Meg Webb watch on at Kingston. Picture: VICA BAYLEY

Four motions were passed at the meeting, including calling on the government to proceed with future rezoning proposals through the standard planning scheme amendment process.

It was also passed that the meeting recognised the need for more social and affordable housing, provided it supports the region’s infrastructure.

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Key speakers asked for answers to what the government’s proposal would mean for residents, adjoining schools, traffic, strategic planning and existing services and infrastructure in Kingborough.

Among those who spoke were Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania president Anne Harrison, planning expert Evan Boardman, Kingborough Mayor Dean Winter and farmer and business owner Greg Whitten.

Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania president Anne Harrison and Tarremah Steiner School Council chair Rachel Downie address the crowd at a Kingborough community meeting.

Councillor Winter called on the government to co-ordinate a “whole of government approach to infrastructure in the region to improve areas such as education, healthcare and emergency services”.

“The government must acknowledge existing infrastructure is not adequate to cope with what’s being proposed. Yes, the government is acting as a developer but it still has responsibilities to infrastructure.”

Cr Winter said inner residential zoning was supposed to be for inner residential areas and not for areas on the outskirts of a suburban region.

Speaking after the meeting Planning Matters Alliance state co-ordinator Sophie Underwood said the large community turnout “sent a clear message” to the government.

“All the motions passed in clear majority, which says a lot. There’s a lot of concern about this proposal,” she said.

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KINGBOROUGH Community Hub is set to be swamped by more than 300 concerned residents tonight demanding answers on the State Government’s planned “fast track” rezone at Huntingfield.

The meeting — facilitated by Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania — will call on the Tasmanian parliament to reject the proposed housing supply land order for 1287 Channel Highway.

Anne Harrison from the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania and local resident Matt Jones at a proposed development site at Huntingfield on Sunday.

The alliance wants the proposal considered through the normal Land Use Planning and Approvals Act process to ensure proper community consultation and strategic and infrastructure planning.

It said almost every rezone in Tasmania in the past 25 years had gone through this process.

There have been four housing supply orders since the legislation became effective in July 2018 — 0.5ha, 1ha, 2.8ha and 2.4ha.

But the magnitude of the Huntingfield proposal — about 500 individual lots over 67.69ha — has concerned the alliance.

The meeting wants answers to what the “massive” proposal will mean for residents, adjoining schools, traffic, strategic planning and existing services and infrastructure in Kingborough.

Planning and Housing Minister Guy Barnett. Picture: RICHARD JUPE

Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania president Anne Harrison, expert planner Evan Boardman, Mayor Dean Winter, Huntingfield resident Matt Jones, farmer and business owner Greg Whitten and Tarremah Steiner School Council chair Rachel Downie will address the meeting.

Mr Jones said locals were frustrated, annoyed and felt like they had been locked out of the process.


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He said the access points and density and the impact of a lack of infrastructure, medical services and schools were the major concerns for residents.

“We feel that’s probably a problem that’s just going to be left to local government and residents to deal with — it needs to be fully addressed before any rezoning can happen,” Mr Jones said.

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