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Davistown residents form wetlands Committee

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UPDATE: A committee focused on preserving wetlands area in Davistown has been formed following a meeting in the suburb last night.

As it stands, the owner of 47 hectares of wetland around Lilli Pilli street is set to auction off the land in Sydney on October 24th.

A spokesperson says Mayor Jane Smith was in attendance, and said council is open to all options in conserving the natural habitat - there have been suggestinos council could buy the land.

The committee is now looking to meet with Terrigal MP Adam Crouch and Robertson MP Lucy Wicks to discuss what can be done to ensure the wetlands remain protected. While a spokesperson also condemned reports of unsavory messages being sent by residents to the real estate company involved as "unnecessary and unhelpful".

 

WEDNESDAY: Concerned Davistown residents will meet at the suburb's Progress Hall tonight, to arm themselves with information and figure out a plan, ahead of a large portion of undeveloped land in the suburb being auctioned off.

47.5 acres at Lillipilli St, Pine Ave, Kincumber Cres, and Malinya Rd will go under the hammer in Sydney on October 24th, leaving residents concerned big developments will replace the fragile wetlands. The land's valued at $124 million, though will likely sell for less.

Spokesperson Jo Ann Lloyd says they're not anti-development, but want to make sure Davistown's amenity and biodiversity aren't jeopardised.

"(At risk is) the ecological environment for the fish, protected mangroves and salt marshes... and another side of it is the infrastructure of Davistown - there's one road in and one road out. If those areas were developed there's the potential for thousands more dwellings, and Davistown floods now at the worst of times."

Ms Lloyd says the wetlands have gone up for sale several times as early as 1998, but how it’s being advertised this time around has residents concerned it will be bought by someone looking to put a big development on the area.

"It's not even being called Davistown, but "Tidal Shoals", it's very sleek, and I guess the community's concerned is it's being marketed to a different audience."

Ms Lloyd also says they plan to contact council to see if they can buy the land, or at least provide some clarification on what sort of construction is permitted on the site. NewsCorp reports the land is subject to either R2 zoning for low density residential or 7(a) conservation zone, though residents are concerned a buyer may seek to rezone to permit bigger developments.

"The way the zoning is currently, the majority of the wetlands can't be developed on, and the community want to ensure those current zonings are maintained."

The meeting kicks off at 7 tonight at the Davistown Progress Association Hall. Residents will be joined by Kincumber-based councillor Jeff Sundstrom and UON experts who have been researching an endangered species of frog native to the wetlands - the Golden Bell frog.

Councillor Sundstrom says he believes the old Gosford Council had advanced plans to acquire the land, but it's too early to say whether Central Coast Council will go down the same path.

"I'd like to reassure people that at this stage there are no applications in to change any zoning for the land in question. If people are concerned about the future of the wetlands, they should keep an eye out for any DAs."

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