Bushland dead meat
Locals are opposing a large-scale development application in Oxford Falls bushland, with many citing traffic and environmental concerns.
The application, filed by owner A.E. Biggs, hopes to expand a 24-unit industrial block on Meatworks Avenue by 13 units as well as add 100 parking spaces and a three-storey ancillary centre.
Originally a waste management site, the new industrial units will be open to house several businesses, with some of the existing warehouses currently for sale.
Several Oxford Falls residents have mobilised a campaign against the development, urging Council to reject the proposal due to safety and congestion concerns along Ellis Road, Iris Street and Oxford Falls Road.
“This is an almost three-year build with just under 100 trucks a day in the local area,” says founder of the Save Oxford Falls Valley group, Christine Carter.
“Currently, trucks heading to Meatworks have an exemption. This means they can come down all the roads off Iris Street and down Oxford Falls Road.
“Oxford Falls Road isn’t designed for heavy vehicles – there is no verge at all, there are blind corners and trucks struggle to navigate into the road from Iris Street, causing blockages and often driving on the wrong side.
“Safety issues with increased traffic and trucks will affect pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
“Sharing the roads with B-doubles and cement trucks is a recipe for disaster.”
Local environmental groups have also stated their concerns over the potential impact to bushland and the area’s endangered wildlife.
“This proposed development would severely impact bushland in the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment,” says a spokesperson for Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment.
“There are serious possible impacts for the adjacent bushland that contains habitat for wildlife, including threatened species.”
Council was unable to comment as the application is currently under assessment by its experts before it will be referred to the Local Planning Panel for determination.