Ormeau residents are angry that a new ambulance station will be built right in the middle of their community, without their say so.
Division 1 Councillor Donna Gates copped concerns and complaints from an aggravated group this morning, though Council is left wondering why they weren’t consulted either.
“No consultation at all, Council has not had an approach from the State Government, I haven’t been informed.
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“And the state member Michael Crandon seemed oblivious to the proposal,” Cr Donna Gates told myGC.
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles announced the new state-of-the-art facility on Tuesday, just two days later, work is underway.
The decided location is on Peachey Road, though is smack bang in the middle of a residential community, despite being picked for it’s proximity to the industrial area and the M1.
Cr Gates says she completely understands why locals are upset, and agrees there should have been more consultation on the matter.
“One would think in this day and age that there would be extensive community consultation.
“But the site is already fenced, the house has been demolished, and operational works are already underway – with no reference to council whatsoever.
“The community has the right to be concerned at the lack of community consultation,” Cr Gates said.
It’s believed there is a petition being collected, though only the state has the power to change the zoning through a ministerial designation.
Cr Gates says she will make sure the community voice is heard.
“I will push forward on any proposal that the community pushes for and bring it to attention of the state,” Cr Gates said.