Council has sent a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment indicating that it does not support the proposed ‘Australia Habitat and Taronga Wildlife Retreat.’
A State Significant Development Application for a proposed new habitat and eco-tourist facility at Taronga Zoo was on exhibition recently. Submissions closed on Monday 23 May 2016. Council has now forwarded its submission to the Department of Planning and Environment.
Refer to the link below for Council’s submission.
Below is a timeline of events in relation to Council’s consideration of this matter:
3 May 2016 – Council resolved to undertake further consideration of the matter
Council gave consideration to a State Significant Development Application for a proposed new habitat and eco-tourist facility at Taronga Zoo. It was resolved by Council that, prior to finalising a submission on the development application, a meeting with Zoo representatives and Councillor workshop be held to inform Council’s position.
16 May 2016 – Meeting with representatives of Taronga Zoo and a Councillor workshop to consider the proposed Taronga Zoo development
19 May 2016 – Council resolved to prepare and lodge a submission indicating that the proposal is not supported
Council further discussed this matter at an Extraordinary Meeting on 19 May 2016. It was resolved that Council prepare and lodge a submission indicating that the proposal is not supported for reasons including permissibility of use, suitability of use of public land, equity issues, social impact, parking, tree loss, construction impacts and consistency with relevant legislation.