Rozelle Bunnings fight continues

The Rozelle Bunnings proposal is heading back to Land and Environment court after conciliation failed to resolve serious issues. The proposal for a new Bunnings on Parsons Street in Rozelle will go to a hearing in April 2019.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that the proponent had failed to address the community’s legitimate objections to the proposed development. Issues include flooding, traffic, parking and congestion.

“Everyone who lives in the area knows that the intersection of Mullens and Roberts Streets is already a nightmare at peak hour and on weekends,” he said.

“Bunnings have simply failed to prove that their proposal won’t bring the entire network to a standstill.”

Byrne said the stormwater management proposed in Bunnings’ application would trigger serious flooding issues.

The proponent has been engaged in a conciliation hearing with the Council where all parties work together with an impartial conciliator in an attempt to reach an agreement about solutions.

Council received unprecedented 159 written submissions and five members of the public addressed the conciliation hearing directly.

No agreement was reached, and the conciliation was terminated last Wednesday.

Mayor Byrne encouraged members of the public to contact the Council’s Legal Services team if they wished to address the hearing, or make a submission to be submitted as evidence to the Commissioner.