MILLFIED RESIDENTS SAY NO TO CHINESE PROFIT PALACE DESTRUCTION OF OUR VILLAGE
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MILLFIELD....The town of Mills and Bridges.
Our beautiful rural and historic village is under threat from a foriegn development company Profit Palace. They are proposing an initial development of 222 homes ( reduced from the original number of over 300) on rural flood prone farmland right in the heart of our village. Additional to this is a resort and additional homes numbering up to 750. ( Derived from their own websites) Our residents are horrified at this potential destruction of our peaceful rural lifestyle with complete disregard by this foriegn developer for the people whom have chosen to make their homes here.
.Millfield is a small rural village, one of 16 villages in the Cessnock Shire area in the Hunter Vineyards district. There are approximately 400 homes in the village area. Mainly small and large acreages and some homes on residential blocks in the centre of the village. The land is currently zoned RU2 and RU5 ( shall maintain a rural outlook) The land definitely floods and Millfield is the CATCHMENT FOR THE AREA. There are many seasonal creeks, lagoons, running creeks and floodways in the area. These support a unique wildlife habitat and 20% of the dry rainforest in the Hunter is located within the village environs. The area is well known for rapid rise of water and flooding in the entire area. Water can rise many cms in hours but the residents accept this as it is the nature of our beautiful natiural habitat here. We are country people and we intend to stay country people...caring about our beautiful natural area and our community. Residents have chosen to live here despite certain limitations such as no kerb and guttering to most of the area, poor standard roads, limities services, no police or fire station, limited bus services, and patchy logistics of many types. We also have no light pollution, amazing stars, safe streets, almost no crime, peaceful safe areas for our children and families, wonderful national parks at our doostep, a tiny community school, and genuine strong community spirit. Tourists visit here for this unique atmosphere.
We love it here! These limitations also limit the type of people whom will move here. Our area has a strong community, historic charm, spectacular vistas in all directions . Another development (changed from medium density to acreage) has already heavily impacted on roads, services, etc. Council made no improvements to arterial roads or services. This new development will bring massive social and infrastructure impacts and a total change to the entire village of a very negative nature with potentially thousands more people using our roads and village with NO SOCIAL INVESTMENT IN OUR VILLAGE COMMUNITY. Residents whom have invested their lives here, buying often expensive acreage or village lots for the unique lifestyle this brings have not been consulted at all. The time for submissions is very short. Only a few residents were notified by mail and many were largely unaware of the development until we brought it to their attention. Cessnock City Council has been very negligent in this regard.
Profit Palace is a chinese company with obviously no regard for the residents or why we live here. Their plans for our village, without any community consultation will change the entire district forever. They are merely box ticking and the hideous housing development is a sweetener for Cessnock City Council with a massive potential DA and rates income. Our school, roads and infrastructure cannot cope. Our children will lose their close community and knowing their whole school community, their safety and unique life.
Recent developments in neighbouring villages, which were residential have increased crime rates and traffic issues. This development which you can see on Profit Palaces sites is for foriegn visitors with no care or regard or emotional investment for our unique area.
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