Australia - Residents fear 'Gold Coast-style' hotel plan for NSW beachside town
Plans to build a hotel and apartment complex beside a creek near the seaside town of Huskisson have angered residents, who fear the loss of a patch of unburnt bushland on the NSW South Coast.
PDC Planners have submitted a development application with Shoalhaven Council to build the 40-room hotel and 39 residential flats on the bushland site next to Moona Moona Creek Inlet park.
The $11.5 million proposal includes a day spa, pool, gym and restaurant at the hotel, as well as parking for more than 100 cars on the site, close to the popular holiday stretch of Jervis Bay.
"All of this is going to be squeezed on one hectare of endangered Bangalay Sand Forest," said local opponent Dr Evan Christen, a member of the residents group Our Future Shoalhaven.
"This is a Gold Coast-style development we feel is inappropriate for the Jervis Bay environment and particularly for the Moona Moona Creek environment.
The residents group held an information session at the site for about 40 people on Sunday, walking through the bush and raising balloons nearly 15 metres to get an idea of the complex's height.
Dr Christen said the vast majority of the site's rough-barked apple, blackbutt and swamp mahogany trees would be razed under the proposal. The developer said some mature trees would be retained.