The fledgling Kiama Community Precinct group has got off to a strong start, according to founding Committee member Kim Elder.
“Following our last meeting we made a submission against a development proposed for 44 Manning St (between the bakery and the church) as members were concerned about its disconnection to the surrounding heritage area and its lack of amenities and required parking,” she says.
“We also publicised the proposal to encourage individual submissions.”
She says the work done on the submission could lead to a call for the Manning St area to become a heritage precinct.
Last meeting had Environmental Services Director Phil Costello speaking on the planning process, along with Howard Jones explaining the improvements to DA information availability that have been recently approved.
The speaker for the June meeting will be Councillor Neil Reilly, who will speak on efforts he believes must be made to ensure that new development is compatible and respectful of cultural heritage, town character and streetscape values.
Garth Ward MP is confirmed as the July speaker.
“We have been very pleased with the attendance at our meetings so far, and are keen to keep the momentum going,” says Kim. “There are some important issues facing Kiama and our precinct helps people be informed and have a voice.
“Everyone is welcome to come along.”
Details: Tuesday 27 June, Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, 7pm