Premier Will Hodgman confirmed in Parliament this morning his government would not prevent a proposed major commercial development proceeding on the Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area.

Despite holding the land title and being responsible for protecting that Rosny Hill’s natural and cultural values, the Premier is attempting to dodge his responsibility and outsource that job to the Clarence City Council.

Like the corrupted process around the development of Kangaroo Bay and transfer of public land to Shandong Chambroad Petrochemicals for a hotel, the private Rosny Hill development has the whiff of state government secrecy and facilitation.

The Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area was transferred to Clarence Council by then Premier Jim Bacon in 2003, with the explicit direction that any uses must be “. . . consistent with the conservation of the nature recreation area’s natural and cultural values”.

How do the proposed 2 large restaurants, function centre for 250, and 100 hotel rooms support the protection of delicate and endangered plants, tranquillity and recreation for local residents?

We understand the Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area would be leased to a developer by the Clarence City Council for a period of some 50 to 99 years, which is a sale by any other name.

The Premier needs to commit to withholding permission for effective sale of this land to a private developer – land recognised for its high conservation value, and a source of beauty, solace and recreation for local residents.