Moderator. The next case study we have is Warringah - 70 localities and a model LEP. We have Mary Armstrong from the Warringah Independent Network and the Belrose Rural Community Association.

Mary Armstrong

Let me first explain the extent of Warringah. "From the bushland to the beach" – Warringah stretches along the coast from Harbord north to Narrabeen, inland to Roseville Bridge, covering large areas of bushland as well as urban development. It is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, Middle Harbour, parts of Garrigal National Park, and Ku-ring-gai Chase.

Then there is the nature of Warringah. Warringah’s geographical area is large and diverse, yet it has only three access points from the rest of Sydney: Spit Bridge, Roseville Bridge and Mona Vale Road. It has road transport only – no rail – and this, along with its difficult terrain of sandstone ridges and cliffs cut by creeks and arms of Sydney Harbour, has limited its development to date. In 2001 Warringah is being put under extreme development pressure to "make up for lost time".

You may have heard of the Warringah LEP 2000. This has been hailed as a model planning document. It resulted from a long period of community consultation. Perhaps its outstanding feature is its identification of 70 district localities, each described by a statement of Desired Future Character, which seeks to give a general picture of development criteria for each of the localities. Here is a review of present challenges we are facing:

What do we see as the role of the Belrose Rural Community Association [BRCA]?

BRCA has been a very active organisation.

For further information:
Mary Armstrong (ph/fax : 9450 1742)
Donal Carr (ph : 9450 2086, fax : 9486 3373)