Crown land bid to rekindle debate
By MICK ROBERTS – TORCH Newspaper – 11/07/2012
A MAJOR reconstruction of the Milperra Road and Henry Lawson Drive intersection will be a requirement of a proposal for a retail warehouse development planned for the south west corner of Bankstown Airport.
LEDA Design and Construction is seeking approvals for the bulk goods retail outlet on 40ha of land, which will include hardware and furniture stores, at the corner of Milperra Drive and Henry Lawson Drive.
LEDA spokesperson Tony Gundry confirmed negotiations were underway with the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) for major improvements to the intersection, as well as widening Henry Lawson Drive south of Tower Road and Milperra Road east of the Georges River. The plans include a slip lane off both roads into the bulk goods outlet, which would mean the acquisition or resumption of most, or all of Airport Reserve.
The NSW Department of Industry (DPI) confirmed LEDA had expressed an interest in acquiring 3.5ha of Crown Land, currently managed by Bankstown City Council, and known as Airport Reserve, to gain access to the proposed development on airport leased land.
The RMS also confirmed discussions with LEDA, saying it was about to develop a “comprehensive access management plan” with Bankstown City Council, airport agencies and the developer.
Attempts to acquire Airport Reserve will no doubt rekindle the decade long debate over road access though the bushland. Bankstown councillors have in the past rejected the proposal because of threatened plant species in the reserve.
A council spokesperson said as manager of the land, it is concerned it is yet to be formally consulted.
“Any development in that area would have significant impact on surrounding roads which the council would want addressed,” the spokesperson said.