Ex Planning Minister Justin Madden becomes an activist against development near him

This interesting twist came in from Mary Drost of Marvelous Melbourne, and refferring to an article in the age.   Justin Madden also signed our petition against high density developments in side streets.

SUCH IRONY   –  NOW  JUSTIN MADDEN IS FIGHTING DEVELOPMENT NEAR HIM.   I  am thinking of asking  him to join Planning Backlash.

When I think of the damage he did  –  of course I  think of the fact that he sent a Barrister into VCAT to say he approved of the appalling green  glass towers that now dominate Camberwell Junction.



Justin Madden joins the opposition at Moonee Ponds.

Ex-minister dives in

Former planning minister Justin Madden might find his electorate’s next planning battlefield is just a few hundred metres from his home, with large city developer Hallmarc buying a prominent site in one of Moonee Ponds’ best residential streets.

Justin Madden

The former Hillebrands tennis training centre at 20 Park Street was offloaded by exclusive girls’ college Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, which paid $3.2 million for it in mid-2010. It listed the 2000-square-metre block earlier this year after the school council decided it was too far from Lowther’s main campus in Leslie Road, Essendon.

With access to a second street, the site was formerly configured with three tennis courts and a clubroom. It was mooted for a full restoration. The site is now expected to make way for an apartment complex with an end value of about $40 million, according to sources.

Nelson Alexander Essendon’s Matthew Febey and Milo Rasinac were the marketing agents.

Not far away at the Moonee Valley Racetrack, Mr Madden has been campaigning against plans to build several 25-level apartment buildings on a portion of the site closest to the Puckle Street retail strip.

Mr Madden paid to create signs now posted in hundreds of front yards surrounding the racetrack in Moonee Ponds, Essendon and Brunswick West.

Hallmarc develops office, industrial and residential property.

In the south-east, the developer is building a high-density village on a Nepean Highway site near Southland. It recently purchased a development site about two kilometres south of the CBD in the precinct known as Melbourne with postcode 3004.

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