Poles apart on $200m marina by lindayy


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									                                  Newcastle Herald                                      Brief: JOHNSONPG
                                  Saturday 14/6/2008
                                  Page: 14
                                  Section: General News
                                  Region: Newcastle NSW Circulation: 51,000
                                  Type: Regional
                                  Size: 205.37 sq.cms.
                                  Published: MTWTFS-


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FOR AND AGAINST: The opposing signs about the marina plan at Mirrabooka yesterday.

Poles apart on $200m marina
By JASON GORDON                                                   "emotional political
                                                   UNHAPPY:       argument and community
UNHAPPY with signs                                 Developer      concern".
opposing his $200 million                          Keith            But Mr Johnson said the
marina plan at Morisset                            Johnson has    green signs reflected that
Park, developer Keith                              created his    "the silent majority support
Johnson has bitten back.                           own signs.     the marina".
  Mr Johnson has erected a                                          He said the 308-berth
large number of green signs                                       marina plan, which included
on power poles, urging              locked in a battle with       150 apartments, a restaurant
residents to say "yes" to his       residents since his staff     and conference centre,
plan.                               removed some of their red     would create 85 jobs and give
  They contrast with the            signs.                        the area a much-needed
large number of red signs,            Mayor Greg Piper said the   economic boost.
also placed on poles and            signs were illegal.             The Morisset Park and
trees, telling residents to say       But he said the council     District Action Group
"no" to the marina.                 would not remove them         believes the plan is an
  Mr Johnson has been               because they reflected an     overdevelopment.

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