Frustrated NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes told the Herald last week: “He made a film about something like this. It’s called Muriel’s Wedding. This is Spitase Porpoise.”
“If Rob [Stokes] wants to fix it, he can,” Mr Watson said, noting that the land was originally approved for subdivision with the state government.
Stokes said he had given money to the council to buy the land through a grant to buy park space.
Mr Watson said: “The money is gone. Spend it.”
The land developer, Ozy Homes director Ghazi Sangari, bought the land in 2018 for $ 3.85 million. He declined to comment on the story, but during a correspondence with NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge last year, he wrote that he expects $ 125,000 to $ 140,000 each, to cover the $ 22.75 million and $ 25.48 million shares .
Peter Winkler, of the local activist group Manyana Matters, said the group wanted to see the community, councils and state governments work together to buy the land at a reasonable price from Mr Sangari. According to an evaluation conducted last year, the land is valued at between $ 3.7 million to $ 4 million.
“If [Mr. Sangari} wants to come in and save the day as a white knight, we will support him. We will buy horses and saddles,” Mr Winkler said.
As the burned-out national park around Manyana slowly revived, the development site became more important for wildlife, Mr Winkler said.
“Running at sunset, it’s really alive,” he said.
“It has become a box.”
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