Forest in Danger
Destructive demolition approved
On Wednesday 15th of September 2021, the Hills Shire Local Planning Panel met to decide the fate of the IBM forest/Mirvac site at 55 Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills. Approximately seven community groups and twenty seven people, including the Hills Mayor Michelle Byrne, spoke out against the demolition application in which Mirvac plans to fell 1,285 trees.
Unfortunately residents' and the Mayor's speeches alone were not enough to stop the Panel from deciding to approve the demolition. This Mirvac demolition will wipe out a whole 1.85 hectares of critically endangered Blue Gum High Forest along with the IBM buildings.
We believe it is unnecessary to cause such shocking large scale destruction of trees and wildlife in the Hills Shire for this work. However Mirvac is determined to proceed despite portraying themselves as being environmentally responsible.
Every building they bulldoze,
Every tree they fell,
Every animal they annihilate,
The public will pass judgement on Mirvac.
FOREST IN DANGER
Approval has been granted by the NSW Government to build 400 apartments and 200 medium density houses on a site in West Pennant Hills. The site contains 28 hectares of heavily forested land and the award winning IBM buildings, adjoining the Cumberland State Forest.
JUNE 2020: The NSW Department of Planning approved the rezoning of 55 Coonara Ave from Business Park to residential. This is despite thousands of objections from the community and rejection of the rezoning by The Hills and Hornsby Councils.
For the latest update: see the Facebook link at the bottom of this page
Further information can be found at:
https://sites.google.com/site/wphvpa/current-issues/ibm- site-coonara- ave