The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is crying foul over what he sees to be secret plans to rob the people of Crace and Casey of green spaces.
In what some might take to be a crypto-homophopic dig at Labor’s Planning Minister Andrew Barr this is being presented as an attack on families.
“The revelation that ACTPLA and Minister Barr have secretly been developing major changes to the new Gungahlin suburbs of Crace and Casey looks like it means an end of the family home in a family friendly suburb for people in Gungahlin. In one move, Andrew Barr has taken away taken away their oval, and taken their backyards as well,” said Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth.
“In the new plans, the playing fields are gone, and hundreds of new dwellings will be crammed into the same space. No more kicking footy with the kids on the field, no more barbies in the back yard.
“Why have these suburbs changed halfway through the developments? Who made that decision? Why was the community not consulted and why was this not put forward when the suburbs where planned and sold to those people looking for a family home in a family friendly neighbourhood?
But it’s worth than that, it’s the end of the Australian dream:
“We’re not against greater density, but it has to be planned for, not sprung on people after they have bought in a new suburb. The decision and the process are both a disgrace. This secretive, underhanded move by ACTPLA and Minister Barr could turn the great Australian dream into a never-ending nightmare,” said Mr Smyth.
“I am calling on the Minister to show some guts. I am calling on the Minister to show the families of Gungahlin the same level of interest is showing the inner north. Come out of hiding and explain to the community why this is the right decision for the future of our city
“I look forward to hearing from Mr Barr soon,” Mr Smyth said.