Concerned South Dubbo resident Steve Hodder and Adam Campbell urge the community to rally by completing a submission to Dubbo City Council about its rezoning proposal. Photo: BELINDA SOOLESubmissions are the key in a battle about South Dubbo’s future, campaigners say.
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A petition about a plan to allow multi-dwelling housing and a range of uses in a large section of the residential neighbourhood has attracted attention.

An estimated 500 people had signed the document by yesterday, in the same week as a crowd of hundreds of people turned out to a public meeting about the South Dubbo Housing Choice Planning Proposal.

The rezone presented by Dubbo City Council as an option to address a shortage in housing types has both proponents and detractors.

The meeting turnout and support for the petition has encouraged its author and South Dubbo resident Adam Campbell but yesterday he urged the community not to be complacent about its efforts so far.

He and fellow campaigner Steve Hodder urged people with concerns to make a submission to Dubbo City Council, the author of the planning proposal, by March 28.

“The petition isn’t the end of the story – it will go to the council but it will not hold the weight of a submission,” Mr Campbell said.

“We need to push forward, keep the momentum.

“There is still 28 days to make a submission”.

Mr Campbell has lived in South Dubbo for about a decade and likes the suburb just as it is.

“Residents and myself are in fear our lifestyle and environment will be compromised,” he said.

“The existing residents will have no choice if it (the planning proposal) goes ahead.”

The planning proposal is on public display at the council where staff will be available to answer questions between 9am and 5pm.

It is also on display at the Dubbo branch of the Macquarie Regional Library and online at www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au.

Public exhibition of the proposal is the first stage in the state government process towards amendment of the Dubbo Local Environmental Plan 2011.

After completion of the public display period, a further report will be presented to council for consideration.

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