An eco lodge planned for Sydney’s scenic Taronga Zoo is likely to go ahead despite the zoo’s local council opposing the $115 million development.
Taronga Zoo plans to develop a 62-room tourist hotel within the zoo without approval from Mosman Council as the location is deemed a “state significant property”.
“(Premier) Mike Baird will get the ultimate say but we hope they will take on board our concerns,” Cr. Simon Menzies told News Local.
“We feel we are being left out of the whole equation, but hope the government will listen to the councillors representing residents,” added Menzies.
Opponents of the zoo hotel development say that this type of development would not receive approval elsewhere in the district. The zoo has been criticised for veering away from its intended purpose of housing animal species, and focussing increasingly on hosting events such as weddings and concerts.
“I’m concerned that 20 years from now we will look back and say, ‘We used to have a wonderful zoo’”, said Cr Menzies.