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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2463

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) What zoning regulations control the land surrounding the Department of Defence land in Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales.

(2)   Do the regulations concerning zoning of land in the district surrounding Avoca Street, forbid the building of high rise appartments

(3)   Would any high rise development by the Department of Defence be out of character with the surrounding area.

Senator Bishop - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   The draft zoning regulations to control the land use surrounding the Avoca Street Defence property are Residential Al to the north and west of the propery and Residential B to the South of the property. These zonings restrict construction to single unit dwellings and town house/duplex type dwellings.

(2)   Both Residential Al and Residential B zoning do not provide for the construction of apartments. Also it is understood that the approval of the Administrator of the Council is required to high rise proposals.

(3)   No. In view of the size of the Defence area, a limited high rise building set back from the boundaries and properly landscaped, would not be out of character with the surrounding area. However an earlier proposal to construct a high rise building for a rank and file barracks block is being reviewed and it is possible the number of floors will be less than the nine originally envisaged. The plan for the development of this area features extensive landscaping, tree plantings, and general aesthetic treatment to ensure that the property will be attractive when viewed from outside the area.

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