West Culburra - A 'Zombie Development'
Large tracts of land in Culburra Beach are owned by the Halloran Trust who have been attempting to bring outdated
'zombie' development proposals back to life since 2010.
Residents of Culburra Beach worked together to successfully oppose these. In 2018, the NSW Dept of Planning & the Environment refused consent for a housing development at West Culburra on environmentally sensitive land that is home to endangered wildlife.
In 2020, the West Culburra development appeared again in a modified from and Sealark representing the Halloran Trust, appealed the decision at the Land & Environment Court.
Concerned residents of Culburra rallied again to protect their village. A court hearing was held in Culburra Beach at the Community Centre to hear speakers from both sides.
In December 2021, the court approved the West Culburra Development Concept - with conditions aimed at addressing environmental concerns such as water quality. But the loss of wildlife habitat when the land is cleared is permanent.
Tip of the Iceberg
With West Culburra approved, the Halloran Trust are currently
seeking a gateway determination to rezone the remainder of the
Halloran Trust land west of West Culburra (PP06).
Where will the loss of bushland habitat end?
Protect & Respect
80 % of native bushland habitat in the Shoalhaven was burnt in the 2019/20 bushfires. While the fire raged less than 11 k's away, Culburra Beach was left untouched.
Wildlife corridors are critical for protecting endangered species. Now, more than ever, we need to stop the practice of clear felling land and find sustainable ways
to build and live on the land.