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Village on offensive on Tralee

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John Thistleton

An artist's impression of the masterplan concept for the South Tralee site at Tralee.

An artist's impression of the masterplan concept for the South Tralee site at Tralee. Photo: Supplied

The federal's environmental watchdog reminded the developers of Tralee last week of their legal obligations.

Since then the Village Building Company has issued a statement saying it does not have to refer its development of 2000 homes on the NSW border south of Queanbeyan for federal approval.

The Canberra-based residential developer has won NSW government approval for rezoning the rural land, defying strident opposition from federal and ACT political leaders, who say the project will constrain Canberra Airport's future development.

Village referred Tralee to the federal government under environmental legislation two years ago, then withdrew documents. It is now relying on NSW approval for a smaller subdivision.

On Wednesday, Village said referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act was unwarranted. ''Any claims to the contrary are without foundation,'' Village said.

But a spokeswoman for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, said the department had been in contact with Village to remind them of their obligations.

''A referral for the revised proposed South Tralee development project hasn't yet been submitted. The department has provided the proponent with guidance as to whether the proposed project is likely to have a significant impact on a matter protected under national environment law.

''Projects likely to have a significant impact on a matter protected under national environment law, such as listed threatened species and ecological communities, wetlands of international importance and World Heritage areas, must be submitted to the federal environment department to see whether federal assessment and approval is needed.''

4 comments

  • Village Building Company appears to believe it is above the law. There must be a full and open inquiry into this company and this project. Any inquiry also needs to investigate if Village Building Company has made any political donations and if those donations have had any link to this development or others.

    Commenter
    Another Grumpyoldfart
    Date and time
    November 23, 2012, 9:04AM
    • But the best part about that picture is missing... the low flying Boeing 747 for the new 'Canberra International Airport" - as it crosses over the picture...

      hm, if I could, I'd put a nice set of wheels (undercarriage) hanging down from the top of the picture - to give proper perspective right? :-)

      What is wrong with these people, fight tooth & nail for the land - I am sure there are a heap of better places to build anyway, why fight for it - do they own it yet? Apart from legal fees, have they shelled out $$$$ to buy the land?? Or is it still held by the govt. for release...??? Why bother people - better to turn it into Agricultural, and get some money back that way, then build a massive suburb somewhere else.

      Commenter
      RaTTyRaTT
      Location
      Oh Criky... Undercarriage
      Date and time
      November 23, 2012, 9:42AM
      • Fast track the airport international and freight terminals before the first sod is turned.....

        Commenter
        I see it but I don't believe it
        Location
        Tuggeranong
        Date and time
        November 23, 2012, 10:33AM
        • Ho hum, Mr Byron at it again.

          Commenter
          NITRO GANGSTER
          Location
          ACT
          Date and time
          November 23, 2012, 11:17AM
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