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Save Middle Head
www.savemiddlehead.org

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Updated 19 January 2014
Disclaimer
This presentation has been prepared by the Save Middle Head Group. It was originally used for the public meetin...
Middle Head – A Brief History
1815 Bungaree’s Farm
1861 Land resumed for defence
1871 First defensive batteries built
1915...
1815
Bungaree’s Farm

1915
Mobilisation
Camp

1935 – 1945 Wartime
construction: ASOPA & 10 Terminal
The Trust’s Vision
“To provide a lasting legacy for the people of
Australia by helping to create one of the finest
foresho...
The Plan (2003) for Middle Head
“The plan proposes the creation of an exciting
Headland Park at Middle Head… The park
will...
The Plan for Middle Head
“This plan recognises the pivotal relationship
between Sydney Harbour and each of the
seven sites...
The importance of establishing the Trust
As outlined by the then Prime Minister:
' ... [the establishment of the Trust] wi...
The Proposed Development
A large-scale two-storey new private
commercial development of a residential
(24/7) health care f...
The site (as shown
in proposal) occupies
an area approx
25,000 sq metres
(approx 6 acres)
The Proposed Development
Will require demolition of existing buildings
and result in a substantial increase – almost
doubl...
Existing Footprint
Proposed footprint –
buildings only
Proposed footprint
– buildings
+ fenced open space
+ access roads &
parking
The Proposed Development
Includes:
● spaces between buildings filled in
● addition of 2nd storey to 10 Terminal Buildings
...
parking und

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acces
s road
parking

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drive throug
load

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doc

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parking

access road

Proposed footprint
fenced
...
Compare this
with the existing
footprint!
SFHT Development Proposal
Other key points:
● Estimated construction cost of $33 million
● No tenders or expressions of in...
Built area to increase
from 4,200 sq metres
to 9452 sq metres.
Currently the site has
an open aspect.
Perspective drawings clearly
show fenced areas.
Loss of open space to access road
and more car parking.
Models show full scope of
new footprints and large
scale of the development
(note no fences!)
Barracks
New Barracks building with drive-in basement parking and
substantial changes to the surrounding landscaping.
10 Terminal Buildings
Proposed Fire Buffers for 10 Terminal

Heat barriers made of steel to be erected on southern and
eastern boundaries of 10 ...
Side Elevations 10 Terminal buildings
Existing buildings
Proposed new buildings
10 Terminal
10 Terminal
SFHT Development Proposal
“The Draft Amendment and the Development
Application would both facilitate the
construction of a...
Proposed Development Inappropriate
“The scale, form and type of the proposed
development are all inappropriate for a site ...
Public Access
“The form of the proposed development means
that public access and use would be actively
discouraged for an ...
Proposes change to the SHFT Act
“The Draft Amendment and the Development
Application propose a built form and
development ...
Next Steps
1. Write letters to Tony Abbott MP Warringah,
Greg Hunt Minister for Environment
2. Write submissions to the SH...
Save Middle Head Sydney Harbour public land from residential development
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The Save Middle Head Group coordinated by Linda Bergin is fighting to prevent a large-scale two-storey new private commercial development of a residential (24/7) health care facility to be built on the Middle Head ridgeline on public land on both sides of Middle Head Road. Go to www.savemiddlehead.org for more information.

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Save Middle Head Sydney Harbour public land from residential development

  1. 1. Save Middle Head www.savemiddlehead.org Presentation Updated 19 January 2014
  2. 2. Disclaimer This presentation has been prepared by the Save Middle Head Group. It was originally used for the public meeting held in Mosman on 5 December 2013. Any opinions expressed in this presentation constitute our judgement at the time of issue and are subject to change. The information has been compiled from documents made available to us and whilst we strive for accuracy no warranty is made as to the accuracy or reliability or other information contained in this presentation. To the maximum extent permitted by law, we disclaim all liability and responsibility for any direct or indirect loss or damage which may be suffered by any recipient through relying on anything contained in or omitted from this presentation. The Save Middle Head Group savemiddlehead@gmail.com www.savemiddlehead.org
  3. 3. Middle Head – A Brief History 1815 Bungaree’s Farm 1861 Land resumed for defence 1871 First defensive batteries built 1915 Mobilisation Camp 1923 Mosman Golf Club 1935 – 1945 Wartime construction: ASOPA & 10 Terminal 1996 Headland Preservation Group formed by Linda Bergin to Save Middle Head, Georges Heights and other defence lands from sale and development 1998 Interim Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SFHT) formed 2001 SFHT formed as a statutory body
  4. 4. 1815 Bungaree’s Farm 1915 Mobilisation Camp 1935 – 1945 Wartime construction: ASOPA & 10 Terminal
  5. 5. The Trust’s Vision “To provide a lasting legacy for the people of Australia by helping to create one of the finest foreshore parks in the world and provide places that will greatly enrich the cultural life of the city and the nation.” Page 12 Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Plan 2003
  6. 6. The Plan (2003) for Middle Head “The plan proposes the creation of an exciting Headland Park at Middle Head… The park will link the natural and cultural assets of the site…. facilities and buildings will be adapted for educational, community and recreational uses.” Page 6 Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Plan 2003
  7. 7. The Plan for Middle Head “This plan recognises the pivotal relationship between Sydney Harbour and each of the seven sites managed by the Trust. It is the harbour - natural feature, strategic port and colonial lifeline - that determined the location of Trust sites and their uses.” Page 8 Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Plan 2003
  8. 8. The importance of establishing the Trust As outlined by the then Prime Minister: ' ... [the establishment of the Trust] will prevent any ad-hoc treatment of the return of the land to the people and it will ensure that there is maximum weight given to the desire of all Australians that the maximum advantage be derived in open space and recreational purposes in relation to the land.' ” Page 11 Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Plan 2003
  9. 9. The Proposed Development A large-scale two-storey new private commercial development of a residential (24/7) health care facility to be built on the Middle Head ridgeline on public land on both sides of Middle Head Road.
  10. 10. The site (as shown in proposal) occupies an area approx 25,000 sq metres (approx 6 acres)
  11. 11. The Proposed Development Will require demolition of existing buildings and result in a substantial increase – almost double – to the existing footprints.
  12. 12. Existing Footprint
  13. 13. Proposed footprint – buildings only
  14. 14. Proposed footprint – buildings + fenced open space + access roads & parking
  15. 15. The Proposed Development Includes: ● spaces between buildings filled in ● addition of 2nd storey to 10 Terminal Buildings ● removal of existing open space for enclosed gardens ● increased car parking ● excavation and access to a large underground car park ● new access road and loading dock for deliveries and waste removal (including medical waste).
  16. 16. parking und er acces s road parking h drive throug load ing doc k parking access road Proposed footprint fenced parking off are as – buildings + fenced open space + access roads & parking
  17. 17. Compare this with the existing footprint!
  18. 18. SFHT Development Proposal Other key points: ● Estimated construction cost of $33 million ● No tenders or expressions of interest for a development of this type ● Proponent company (formed 1 year ago) has no prior experience ● 25 year lease but due to use will it be there in perpetuity? ● Residential 24/7 operation ● Destruction of approach to Sydney Harbour National Park ● Loss of public access and views from Middle Head
  19. 19. Built area to increase from 4,200 sq metres to 9452 sq metres.
  20. 20. Currently the site has an open aspect.
  21. 21. Perspective drawings clearly show fenced areas.
  22. 22. Loss of open space to access road and more car parking.
  23. 23. Models show full scope of new footprints and large scale of the development (note no fences!)
  24. 24. Barracks
  25. 25. New Barracks building with drive-in basement parking and substantial changes to the surrounding landscaping.
  26. 26. 10 Terminal Buildings
  27. 27. Proposed Fire Buffers for 10 Terminal Heat barriers made of steel to be erected on southern and eastern boundaries of 10 Terminal up to approx 1800 mm (almost 6 ft) high.
  28. 28. Side Elevations 10 Terminal buildings
  29. 29. Existing buildings
  30. 30. Proposed new buildings
  31. 31. 10 Terminal 10 Terminal
  32. 32. SFHT Development Proposal “The Draft Amendment and the Development Application would both facilitate the construction of a large, commercial development for private purposes... in a manner that would exclude the vast majority of the public.” Legal Advice – Baker & McKenzie
  33. 33. Proposed Development Inappropriate “The scale, form and type of the proposed development are all inappropriate for a site that is required to be conserved and preserved for the benefit of present and future generations of Australians.” Legal Advice – Baker & McKenzie
  34. 34. Public Access “The form of the proposed development means that public access and use would be actively discouraged for an extended period of time while ever the site is used for private residential/aged care purposes…” “There will be no opportunities for the public to walk through the site or to have general casual access.” Legal Advice – Baker & McKenzie
  35. 35. Proposes change to the SHFT Act “The Draft Amendment and the Development Application propose a built form and development that would be contrary to the intention of the SHFT Act as well as the Objects of the Trust.” Legal Advice – Baker & McKenzie
  36. 36. Next Steps 1. Write letters to Tony Abbott MP Warringah, Greg Hunt Minister for Environment 2. Write submissions to the SHFT 3. Email a copy of your submissions to us at savemiddlehead@gmail.com 4. Register for updates at: www. savemiddlehead.org 5. Spread the word 6. Talk to us

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