Cottages is a step closer to being bulldozed and transformed into a
$350 million housing estate after clearing a huge obstacle yesterday.
State Government's planned controversial redevelopment of the site won
approval from Heritage Victoria, the Government's heritage arm.
authority imposed conditions, including the retention and re-use of
three of the six heritage-listed buildings -- a schoolhouse, dining
room and residential cottage.
Cottages Coalition president Brian Walsh said it was disappointing that
the other three heritage-listed buildings would be demolished.
Services Minister Sherryl Garbutt said in a statement the decision was
significant and meant the Government would earn more money from the
said every cent from the sale of the 27ha site would fund services for
people with disabilities.
permit imposes several conditions on the redevelopment, including that
the three buildings to be demolished are photographically recorded.
100 people with intellectual disabilities will continue living at the
rest of the 380 people are being moved into the wider community.
Government must still clear a legal battle before it can proceed, with
Boroondara City Council fighting the plan at the Victorian Civil and
redevelopment must also be approved by Planning Minister Rob Hulls.