Change needed from State Government on Planning – MP Mary Wooldridge now aware.

Tonight Mary Wooldridge had her open community night. And we had a voice, rather several voices.
Thanks to all that attended, and thanks to Mary for the opportunity to share our concerns.

Mary is the Member for Doncaster in Vic State Government. Feel free to contact her via her web site and submit issues.

We put the Curlew 30 apartment development issue to Mary as a State Government responsibility, along these terms:
1. Government creates zoning and pushes for more homes in Melbourne, including Manningham.
2. Builders follow DD08 zone rules, and submit a plan.
3. Council planners check builders’ plans meet zoning rules, not specific local capacities, nor sustainability.
4. Residents object – after learning the rules.
5. Builders not happy with council and residents conditions / requests.
6. Builder goes to VCAT.
7. VCAT check Builder meets DD08 Rules – Plan gets approved without local approval.
Therefore a change needs to be at step one – Government zoning rules need to change.

Mary wants to visit Curlew Court, and see for herself, after which Mary has offered to come to our next town meeting. Continue reading Change needed from State Government on Planning – MP Mary Wooldridge now aware. →

High Density, NO – awareness is Key

For any of us to engage the council enough to change this overcooked High Density policy’s direction, it will take a public uproar, and many voices shouting together.Therefore I think it will be necessary to start an awareness campaign.

We need to spread the word, let everyone know it could happen next door to their family homes, and make sure they tell the council loud and clear We Don’t Want it! OBJECT NOW don’t wait until the precedence is set – 30 apartments inside a court is insane. Once we get some sense on the first one, then we can start the ball rolling, and momentum is a wonderful thing when there are many of us pushing the same direction…


Welcome to the Curlew Blog

At the Curlew Blog we hope to share information about the un-sustainable madness Manningham Council is pursuing.
Building High Density Apartments inside small courts, or other suburbia, and believing it will have no negative impact on Traffic, Parking, or neighborhood character is ludicrous.

The Process for Residents to Object to these developments is far from easy, with most concerns being met with the same statement: “Go to the government website, find the regulations about that issue, and once you are an expert, submit your justified objection on this form….”  I for one don’t what to become a town planning expert in my spare time.

What makes it worse, is that most residents don’t even realize their property was rezoned to encourage Multi-storey developments, until one is planned next to them. And it is not just on major roads…. We have one next to us, and we are in a small court.

Manningham call these zones DD08, I heard that DD stands for “Developers Delight” Continue reading Welcome to the Curlew Blog →