A Win For Hilltop Locals - Nsw Land Environment Court Halts Work On Shooting Com

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Hilltop Residents Action Group Inc


MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 25 November 2009 


HILLTOP LOCALS BEAT 3A

NSW LAND AND ENVIRONMENT COURT HALTS WORK ON 

CONTROVERSIAL SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS SHOOTING COMPLEX


Following their victory yesterday (24 Nov 09) in the NSW Land and Environment Court, the local community

of Hilltop in the NSW Southern Highlands continues to call on the State Government to find a new location for

the planned major shooting range in the area. 


The Hilltop Residents Action Group has been calling on the NSW Government to choose between other sites

put forward which are less environmentally sensitive and without expensive problems with noise, access road

safety, bushfire risk and proximity to a community.


The decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court will be a blow to the NSW Shooters Party which had

been promised

by the NSW Government

the hugely expanded facility in return for its support to pass

important government legislation in the NSW Legislative Council.


The NSW Planning Minister, Kristina Keneally had approved the Southern Highlands Regional Shooting

Complex in February under the controversial part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act

1979. The project was to be funded with nearly $10 million of taxpayers’ money.


Local residents at Hilltop were incensed at the lack of consultation and consideration of alternative sites for

the project and took action in the NSW Land Environment Court to stop it.


Justice Biscoe yesterday declared the governmental approval of the project under the controversial 3A

legislation void and prohibited further work on the development.


“This is a resounding victory for local people against the bulldozing tactics of the NSW Government and the

Shooters Party,’ said Hilltop Residents Action Group spokeswoman, Jodie Laing.


“The plain fact is that this development is too big, too close to Hilltop and too dangerous. The shooting range

would deliver thousands of tonnes

of lead into Sydney’s water catchment and disrupt the lives of local

residents including the kids at the local primary school,” Ms Laing added.


The Hilltop Residents Action Group has provided a myriad of alternative locations for the shooting range, all

of which the NSW Government has refused to consider to-date. 


The court’s decision is also another blow to the NSW Government’s fondness for using Part 3A of the EPA

Act to push through pet projects in the face of opposition from local communities.



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