“My family was sacrificed in this region. My blood is rooted in the ground ‘
Former Newcastle University Architectural Dean Lindsay Johnston has been involved in the development of Peat Island for the past 10 years.
âI always thought that many existing buildings on the island could be reused and transformed into a boutique hotel, cultural center, art galleries and craft workshops,â he said.
While wishing to see the area revitalized, Mr Johnston, a local resident, said the island’s aboriginal heritage must be at the forefront of any development.
âIt’s so worthy of an indigenous cultural site. So he really should be on the island in a poetic new building overlooking the water, built with respect and tranquility, âhe said.
“Sticking him on the mainland with a trailer park would really underestimate him.”
An additional 267 housing units, including 54 townhouses and 162 apartments, would be built on the mainland in Mooney Mooney.
The Central Coast Council and the Department of Planning have started discussions with the Aboriginal Housing Office about affordable and social housing in the area.
But Howie doubts social housing will materialize. âThis is prime real estate. There’s no way they’re putting community housing there for black guys, âshe said.
Ownership and Development NSW recognized in its proposal that development has the potential to change the âcharacter of the existing communityâ.
Ms. Howie’s concern is that the region’s heritage and Indigenous history will be lost.
âA large part of my family has been sacrificed in this region. My blood is rooted in the ground there.
The Central Coast Council said assessments had been prepared to ensure that future uses ârecognize and protectâ the important indigenous and European heritage of the site.
However, an impact statement for the project indicated that a number of significant sites had been identified and it was possible that these sites could be damaged.
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