SUTHERLAND Shire mayor Kent Johns believes Caringbah should follow Kogarah and become a medical hub.
He said that by designating an area close to Sutherland Hospital as a medical precinct, with specialist doctors’ rooms and accompanying services, developers would have more incentive for
‘‘I see how successful Kogarah has been with its medical precinct in the area around St George public and private hospitals,’’ he said.
‘‘When you see something successful in another area, then sometimes it is worth replicating.’’
Councillor Johns was speaking after outlining his vision at a breakfast meeting of Miranda and Districts Chamber of Commerce.
He said the concept would be pursued through the new draft local environmental plan which would set a strategic direction for the Caringbah, Cronulla and Sutherland centres.
Proposed height and density increases for these and other areas already have been adopted by the council in its housing strategy.
In a separate move, an area stretching from Miranda to Caringbah may be nominated by the council as an urban activation precinct, in which the state government would take over the planning approvals.
Cr Johns told the breakfast gathering the council was not there to restrict business, and promised a full review of council services.
He said the housing strategy would be the biggest thing in the shire for years.
But some residents in older homes on the southern side of the Kingsway between Caringbah and Sutherland Hospital are understandably nervous about all the talk.
Al Alnzi said his parents feared they could be forced to sell the home they had lived in for 40 years.
‘‘However, from what I have seen in a similar situation in another area, there is probably not much they can do about it,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully, there will be
a long delay before anything happens.’’
Another long-time resident said no one had given them any information.
One tenant said their owner was aware of the development potential and had bought two properties and was seeking a third.
BUSINESS PITCH AT BREAKFAST
Mayor Johns’s address to Miranda and Districts Chamber of Commerce attracted the largest crowd for the year when he spoke at its recent breakfast meeting.
‘‘Business owners were not only interested to hear what he had to say, but were also eager to put a few questions to him, ranging from rates to garbage bins in retail areas,’’ a chamber spokeswoman said. ‘‘The mayor was upbeat about the new council’s relationship with business in the area.’’
She said other points made by Cr Johns had included that the new council had a ‘‘pro-business outlook’’ and this was being played out through a review of all council regulations.
The present: Homes between Caringbah and Sutherland Hospital.
Homes on the Kingsway between Caringbah and Sutherland Hospital. Picture: John Veage
The future?: A building occupied by specialist doctors at Kogarah. Pictures: John Veage
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