State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has welcomed the decision by the Joint Regional Planning Panel not to rezone the Green Corridor at 505 Minmi Road at Fletcher, calling it a great win for the local community.
The ‘Green Corridor’ at 505 Minmi Road, Fletcher, is very important as it is the last piece of land between the State owned National Parks.
This Corridor was formally recognised and established in the 2006 Lower Hunter Regional Strategy, and National Parks Estate lands have been progressively added since.
In 2007 the then Minister for the Environment, Bob Debus, highlighted the need to keep the green corridor due to its important conservation value.
If the rezoning had of gone ahead it would have meant wall to wall housing from Wallsend to Minmi.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“The decision by the JRPP not to proceed with a rezoning of land at Fletcher will be welcomed by local residents.”
“Local residents have been lobbying me and the previous State Member for Wallsend for many years about keeping the green corridor.”
“My office has had lots of calls from concerned residents, worried about the impact that further development would have on already congested local roads and infrastructure.”
“I am glad that the JRPP listened to the concerns of residents and voted not to proceed with the rezoning.”
“I congratulate Brian Purdue and the Green Corridor Coalition for all their hard work on this issue.”