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Dee Why's future: locals have a say

Kelly Robinson

6 February 2008


COMMUNITY opposition to proposed high rise towers in Dee Why remains strong, says Friends of Warringah president Vincent De Luca.

The residents' action group has organised a public meeting tonight from 7pm at North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club to discuss ways to block the development. Mr De Luca said the height of the towers and the lack of community consultation would be high on the agenda. Dee Why Residents Action Group member Richard Michell will give a presentation on the town centre proposal and Christina Kirsch, of the Brookvale Valley Community Group, will outline concerns about changes proposed in the Warringah Local Environment Plan.

The $400 million joint venture between Multiplex and the Vumbacca Brothers includes the construction of two towers, one 20 storeys and one 17 storeys, along Pittwater Rd.

More than 200 people have visited a Multiplex community information suite in Dee Why, which opened last Thursday.

A company spokesman said they had been encouraged by the interest in the project and the willingness of locals to see the proposal for themselves and ask questions.

Mr De Luca said the development is the most significant proposal to ever come before Warringah Council. "Warringah has been exempt in the past from high-density Chatswood-style development because we do not have a train line and don't have the infrastructure to cope," he said.

The information suite is at Shop 7, 898 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why (entry off Howard Ave), open from 4pm to 7pm Thursdays, 11am to 2pm Fridays and 10am to 2pm Saturdays.