The City of Boroondara strongly rejects the fundamental premise of the Property Council of Australia’s Hidden in Plain Site Report, which identified 33 community assets within the municipality that could be sold to the private sector for housing.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Phillip Healey, said many of the sites identified in the report were highly utilised and valued community assets used for public car parking to support Boroondara’s diverse neighbourhood shopping strips.

“Boroondara’s housing strategy provides for additional growth of 62,546 dwellings, which represents an increase of approximately 100 per cent on the current dwelling total in our city by 2031, without the need to sell off valuable community assets.”

“Good government engages in long-term planning. In a fully established area like Boroondara where vacant land is a scarce resource, it is critical that Council retains valuable community assets to meet the needs of generations to come. We don’t have the luxury of taking the short-sighted, one-dimensional view adopted by the Property Council.”

Council believes that there are other sites across Victoria that are better suited for redevelopment such as surplus Victorian and Australian Government land.

“Instead of seeking to convert much needed local community assets, the Property Council should instead look into their 2013 report, 20 Projects Victoria’s Best Investment Sites, where they identified brown field development sites that the Victorian and Australian governments can develop for much needed housing stock,” Cr Healey said.

“The Property Council has a mandate to benefit its members being developers and not the community, hence their Hidden in Plain Site report is biased and flawed.” 

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