A public meeting is taking place on Wednesday 9 August in the pavilion at H.A. Smith Reserve, 458 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, from 7pm to 8.30 pm, to inform the community about Council’s position on the Department of Health and Human Services’ proposal to redevelop public housing in Bills Street, Hawthorn.

Gardiner Ward Councillor, Coral Ross, said that Council is deeply concerned by the Victorian Government’s proposal and approach in redeveloping public housing estates.

“Our local community is outraged by the Victorian Government’s proposal to sell public land to private developers with up to 350 private apartments to fund construction of only 58 public housing units,” Cr Ross said.

“Council believes Victorians are being short changed on public housing. The draft plan shows buildings up to 8 storeys high on the south-east side near residential homes in Auburn Road and Burgess Street and buildings up to 12-storeys high near the Melbourne University site. This will impact neighbours and is completely out of scale with the character of the area. The substantial increase in density will affect local traffic and parking availability.

“The Department proposes that the Planning Minister will become the Planning authority for the site, instead of Council. We are strongly opposed to the Minister deciding any planning application for the site, as this will disenfranchise the community and remove their right to access the independent appeals process.

“The upcoming meeting on 9 August will provide an opportunity for Council to share with the community what we know about the project to date, the discussions we have had with the Department of Housing and share our concerns about the lack of transparency, the planning approval process and our concerns regarding the selling public land for private housing.

“I encourage all interested community members to come along.”

To RSVP contact Council's Governance Department on 9278 4473 during office hours or via email at [email protected]. Parking is available at Vision Australia, 454 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong. Limited parking is also available at the Kooyong Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong.

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