BETHLEHEM HOSPITAL 19 STOREY DEVELOPMENT

The Bethlehem Hospital Community Action Group (BHCA Group) who are opposing the proposed Bethlehem Hospital 19 Storey Development have invited interested residents to join them in a meeting with Glen Eira’s Mayor and Councillors to express their concerns about the development.

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To assist anyone interested in lodging an objection to proposed development, the  Group has prepared the below information and standard objection.

A few guiding points for lodging your objection:

  • The cut off date for lodging your objection is Monday, 19 December 2016.
  • Only those who register an objection will be advised by Council of the community consultation meeting with the applicant and council expected in early February 2017.
  • Every adult in your household should lodge an individual letter of objection.
  • The overall number of objection letters is critical to influencing Council.
  • Please lodge you objection via email. (Instructions  below)
  • You may wish to construct your own letter.  If you do we would appreciate an email copy in preparation for any potential VCAT hearing.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR EMAIL OBJECTION LETTER

  1. Copy all of this email into a new email and then follow instructions 2-6.
  1. Email your objection to:     mail@gleneira.vic.gov.au      and copy                              bhcagroup@gmail.com
  1. Copy the following into the “Subject” section:  OBJECTION TO APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMIT GE/PP-29481/2016
  1. Insert your name and address where indicated in the text below.
  1. Then delete all text above the line that reads “Dear Sir/Madam”.

    (don’t forget to insert your name and address)

  1. Check your email and send it.

Dear Sir/Madam,
Re Notice of Planning Application 
Planning Permit Application No: GE/PP-29481/2016
Property: 472 & 476-482 Kooyong Road & 11 Saturn Street Caulfield South Vic 3162

My name is [insert your name].  I reside/own the property at [insert your address].

I wish to lodge my objection to this Planning Application on the following grounds:

Overlooking and/or Overshadowing and/or Loss of Natural Light

The visual bulk and physical mass of the proposed building, in particular the 19 Storey Tower will have a detrimental effect on my privacy by overlooking my property and/or substantially causing sun shadow and a decrease in my natural sunlight.

Detrimental Impact on Residential Amenity, Neighbourhood Character and Streetscape

The height, size and bulk of the proposed buildings does not respect the neighbourhood character and is completely out of step with its surrounds.  It does not meet the requirements detailed for Neighbourhood Residential Zone 1.  Such a development would reduce the amenity of my neighbourhood.

Road Safety, Traffic Congestion and Inadequate Parking

The proposed development will substantially increase traffic and parking congestion in the area due to increased needs from residents, staff, commercial operators, patrons and visitors. Surrounding streets already suffer significant traffic and parking congestion and if this development was to proceed it will be exacerbated.  Such a development would create gridlock in my neighbourhood.

I wish to be advised of any consultation meeting.

I request that you take my objections into consideration and ask that this application be denied in its current form.

Yours sincerely,

 

EAST VILLAGE – MASTERPLAN INFORMATION SESSIONS

UPDATE – 6/12/2016

Have your say on the draft masterplan

Members of the community are invited to attend an open forum on Tuesday 6th December to discuss the East Village draft masterplan. It will be held from 7-9pm in the meeting room at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion. The forum will be run as a Q&A, so people are encouraged to come along and ask their questions.

 

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Original Posting

The draft 20 year East Village Masterplan, together with supporting documentation, is now available – http://www.eastvillagemasterplan.com.au/documents/

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Public comment is now being sought on this huge (20+ha) site, previously known as Virginia Park Industrial Park (refer to GERA’s previous post – https://geresidents.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/east-village-bentleigh-previously-known-as-virginia-park-estate/  – for background information).  Two information sessions are to be held at 18 North Drive, 236-262 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East on

  • Wednesday, 23/11/2016 – 5.30 – 7.30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 26/11/2016 – 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.

GERA urges residents to attend the information sessions and review the supporting documentation.  Given the magnitude of this development, residents need to become aware of what is being proposed to ensure that appropriate and informed feedback is provided to the developers and Council.

GERA will provide our assessment of the current development proposal in subsequent postings.

Feel free to provide your assessment of the development proposal on GERA’s Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/geresidents/

 

 

AGM and FUTURE DIRECTIONS COMMUNITY FORUM

Details of the Glen Eira Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting and Future Directions Community Forum are

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Date:

Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 at 7.00 p.m., 7.30 for the  “Future Directions” Community Forum

Venue:

St. John’s Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick.

All (Members and Public) Welcome

 As usual GERA promises to keep the AGM formalities brief.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS COMMUNITY FORUM – 7.30 p.m.

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Following the AGM, a community forum will be held –  the topic being GERA’s “Future Directions”.  GERA’s Management Committee is seeking member and public input into the development and directions of the Association.  Glen Eira has a new Council that is showing signs of being representative and receptive.  For this to continue into the future, our association needs to actively participate and work with Council to achieve the best outcome for the Glen Eira community.  GERA’s Committee believes that community input, particularly from those unable to individually participate, into developing our  Future Directions and Strategies is essential.

Hope you can attend.  If unable to attend please make a comment on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/geresidents/) or email your thoughts to us (geresidents@hotmail.com).

FIRST ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING – GOOD JOB COUNCIL

The first Ordinary Council Meeting of the new 2016 – 2020 Council was held last night and, within the first week of taking office, positive changes that encourage public participation at Council Meetings have been made.  Further changes are being planned for the future.

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As promised, by Mayor Delahunty during her Mayoral Acceptance Speech, a motion was presented to suspend meeting Standing Orders (Local Law) and to enable an impromptu Q&A session to occur at the start of the meeting.  The gallery was permitted to submit written questions (Request to Address Council Form) to Council – these questions being in addition to the formal public questions presented at the end of the meeting.   The motion passed 7 to 2 (Crs. Hyams and Esakoff dissenting).

A number of residents took advantage of the Q&A session.  The questions discussed, within a necessary 15 min. timeframe, related to

  • Ormond Sky Tower (2 questions)
  • Glen Eira Council collaborating with neighbouring Councils to cost effectively provide services to residents.
  • The further “opening up” of Council Meetings via implementing live streaming.
  • Extending the public question time limit (from 15 mins to 30 mins) and changing their sequence (ie. bringing forward) in the agenda.

Questions not able to be answered within the timeframe were discussed with individuals after the meeting closed.   The answers to questions were positive, appropriate and open.  Indeed, in response to the 2nd Ormond Sky Tower question, the Mayor and CEO, revealed  a new and welcome initiative – Council is to undertake strategic work and public engagement on enlivening the smaller “convenience” shopping strips located outside Glen Eira’s 3 major activity centres.

The gallery was clearly appreciative of Council’s

  • suspension of Standing Orders (which recognised that Local Law is made by Council and, therefore, can be changed by Council), and their
  • decision to allow impromptu questions at the start of the meeting.

Residents were also enthusiastically supportive of another departure from previous Meeting practices.   Rather than each Councillor speaking to each agenda item, Councillors only spoke to those items which held a specific interest for them.  This made for a succinct and relevant discussion of the issue/s (and sometimes humorous interaction between Councillors and Executive Officers).

Since, there were no in-camera items on the agenda (not usually the case), after the close of the meeting, all Councillors and the CEO entered into informal discussions with the gallery.  Another well received divergence from past practices.

In short, GERA’s summation of the first Ordinary Council Meeting of the newly elected Council is “Good Job Council”.

Some food for thought

In order to ensure the change momentum continues into the future (particularly when the contentious planning issues arise), it is essential that residents continue to engage with Council.   Residents have just elected a Council that is showing all the previously missing signs of being representative and receptive, residents now need to give Council a community that actively participates and works with them.

A NEW COUNCIL

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UPDATE

As a result of tonight’s Special Council Meeting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2017 are

  • Mayor – Mary Delahunty, unanimously elected
  • Deputy Mayor – Jim Magee, unanimously elected.

GERA joins with the newly sworn in Councillors in congratulating Mary Delahunty and Jim Magee.

Speeches by Councillors and Mary Delahunty, as Mayor, showed that all recognised the magnitude of the work ahead of them over the next 4 years.  Additionally, they felt the current Council could, and would, work cohesively with Council officers and the community, to proactively “kick goals for the community”.

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Tonight the new Council meets for the first time and elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.  With 5 new Councillors elected, a number of comments downplaying the significance of the election results are appearing on various social media sites – GERA believes the results speak for themselves and reflect the residents’ assessment of Council’s performance.

  • The soon to be formed new Council will comprise a majority of new Councillors. This outcome being achieved under Postal Voting – a voting system widely believed to favour current incumbents.  The 5 newly election Councillors being Anthony Athanasopoulos, Clare Davey, Joel Silver, Dan Sztrajt and Nina Taylor.
  • The incumbent Mayor (Neil Pilling) was not re-elected.
  • Only one of 4 returning Councillors (Cr. Mary Delahunty) increased her first preference margin, the 3 others (Esakoff, Hyams and Magee) received much reduced first preference margins

The election results send a clear message to Council – the residents want change.

GERA again congratulates the newly elected and the returning Councillors.  There are many challenges to be faced, particularly in the areas of governance and planning, to bring Glen Eira in line with contemporary standards and practices.  The results reflect the community’s desire for change and that election promises will be held to.

GERA also congratulates those not elected and the community for delivering a strong message for change.  Community participation and engagement with Council is essential in ensuring

  • that Council’s focus remains on addressing the major governance and planning issues, and
  • that appropriate consideration is given to residents views/suggestions when decisions are being made or when strategies and policies are developed.

If readers appreciated the 3 “Meet the Candidates” election forums presented by GERA, consider joining us.

With 5 new Councillors and a new CEO sustained community involvement is key to ensuring the change momentum continues.

2016 COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS

GERA congratulates the following election candidates who have been elected to the 2016-2020 Glen Eira City Council.

CAMDEN

  • Mary Delahunty
  • Joel Silver
  • Dan Sztrajt

ROSSTOWN

  • Anthony Athanasopoulos
  • Clare Davey
  • Margaret Esakoff

TUCKER

  • Jamie Hyams
  • Jim Magee
  • Nina Taylor

Full election results to be published later

COMMUNITY FORUMS UPDATE

26/10/2016 PREDICTED OUTCOME – 2016 Council Elections

Lots of speculation on the election results – definite results will not be known until Saturday, 29/10/2016, when the actual count occurs.

Despite the huge mathematical exercise involved in the distribution of preferences, any who has watched the tally results in State and Federal Elections will be aware that there are politically astute, mathematical geniuses out there who are often able to accurately predict election outcomes based on minimal information.

As far the 2016 Council Election goes, the same thing is happening.   The most credible predictions GERA has received are

Camden – Mary Delahunty re-elected, with Karen Hermann and Joel Silver likely to occupy the remaining two positions.

Rosstown – Margaret Esakoff re-elected, with Anthony Athanasopolous, Jane Karslake and Neil Pilling vying for the remaining two positions.

Tucker – Jamie Hyams re-elected, with Rodney Andonoplous, Neil Brewster and Nina Taylor vying for the remaining two positions.

How accurate these predictions are will not be known until after Saturday, 29/10/2016. If accurate it means 5-6 current incumbents will not be returning.

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Following on from our 3 well attended community forums and with the election deadline rapidly approaching (make sure you post your vote in time for it to be postmarked before 6.00 p.m. tomorrow – Friday, 21/10/2016) many “panicking” residents are seeking input on the candidates.

While GERA does not endorse any candidates, we urge residents to review their ballot packs and pass on the feedback we received from residents who attended the forums.

Rosstown Forum – 5/10/2016

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The following is an alphabetic listing of the candidates who did/did not attend the Rosstown Forum and their stated political affiliations.

Attended

  •  Anthony Athanasopoulos (Independent)
  • David Box (Labor)
  • Cr. Kelvin Ho (Liberal)*
  • Don Dunstan (Liberal)
  • Shan Jayaweera (Independent)
  • Jane Karslake (Labor)
  • Con Zois (Independent)

*Cr. Kelvin Ho, appointed after resignation of Cr. Karina Okotel, 5 months in office

Did not attend

  •  Asher Cooper
  •  Clare Davey (Greens)
  •  Cr. Margaret Esakoff (Independent)*
  •  Cr. Neil Pilling (Independent)* Late Apology
  •  Sunny Malichetti

*Cr. Margaret Esakoff, 13 consecutive years in office and Cr. Neil Pilling, 8 consecutive years in office and current Mayor.  Given that both are seeking re-election for a further 4 years, their “no show” was viewed “negatively”

Residents Feedback

Athony Athanasopoulos, David Box, Shan Jayawera and Jane Karslake identified and showed knowledge of the issues, presented strong arguments in support of their approaches to resolving the issues while also identifying a clear need for change and a commitment to resident representation.

Tucker Forum – 9/10/2016

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The following is an alphabetic listing of the candidates who did/did not attend the Tucker Forum and their stated political affiliations.

Attended

  •  Neil Brewster (Independent)
  •  Phil De’Ath (Liberal)
  •  Cr. Oscar Lobo* (Labor)
  •  Jeff Mackie (Independent)
  •  Cr. Jim Magee (Independent)
  •  Michael Searle (Independent)
  •  Nina Taylor (Labor)

*Cr. Oscar Lobo, appointed after resignation of Cr. Nick Staikos, 7 consecutive years in office  and Cr. Jim Magee, 8 consecutive years in office

Did not attend

  • Rodney Andonopoulos (Labor) – Apology
  • Joshua Bonney – Apology
  • Anne Marie Cade
  • Donna Elliott
  • Cr. Jamie Hyams*
  • Michael Karlik
  •  Karina Okotel

*Cr. Jamie Hyams, 10 non consecutive years in office (2003-5, 2008-2016).  Given that he is seeking re-election for a further 4 years, his “no show” was viewed “negatively”

Residents Feedback

Neil Brewster, Jeff Mackie, Michael Searle and Nina Taylor identified and showed knowledge of the issues, presented strong arguments in support of their approaches to resolving the issues while also identifying a clear need for change and a commitment to resident representation.

 Camden – 13/10/2016

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The following is an alphabetic listing of the candidates who did/did not attend the Camden Forum and their stated political affiliations.

Attended

  • Cr. Mary Delahunty (Labor)
  • Ian Fayman
  • Karen Hermann (Independent)
  • Rebecca Pinskier (Labour)
  • Joel Silver (Liberal)
  • Cr. Thomas Sounness (Green)*
  • Dan Sztrajt (Independent)

*Both Crs. Mary Delahunty and Tomas Sounness have served 4 years in office.

Residents Feedback

Mary Delahunty, Karen Hermann, Thomas Sounness and Dan Sztrajt identified and showed knowledge of the issues, presented strong arguments in support of their approaches to resolving the issues while also identifying a clear need for change and a commitment to resident representation.

Election Results

To allow for mail delivery times, counting of votes will occur on 29th October, 2016.

  

 

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