Paper: Leader - Progress Press (Melbourne, Australia)
Title: Council issues ultimatum
Author: PETER ROLFE
Date: December 13, 2005
action and an allegation of a secret State Government financial
arrangement over the sale of Kew Residential Services threaten to stall
the troubled $400 million project.In a final bid to influence the shape
of the development, Boroondara Council has issued the government with a
list of demands it wants met.
And the council has warned it is
ready to take its two-year stoush with the government back to the
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal if its concerns go
At a fiery meeting last week Bellevue Ward
councillor Luke Tobin accused the government of having a conflict of
interest as owner and planning authority for the site.
``It's bad enough that Dracula is already in the blood bank we
shouldn't let him rob it as well,'' Cr Tobin said.
accused the government of striking a secret ``financial arrangement''
with developer Walker Corporation and urged the council to plough ahead
with legal proceedings.
Department of Sustainability and Environment spokesman Rob Fischer
denied a deal existed.
He said commercial negotiations were yet to be finalised and the finer
points were ``not yet known''.
council has vowed to resume its quest for a VCAT injunction against the
development plan unless the government addresses its suggested
These include protection of significant trees and materials to be used
in construction of homes on the site.
Mr Fischer said the government would honour its commitment to pour all
proceeds of the land sale back into disability services.
Department of Human Services eastern metropolitan regional director
John Leatherland was quizzed by Cr Tobin about the deal.
Mr Leatherland said he was unaware how much money his department would
be allocated from the sale.
``It's not an issue of the government making a profit out of this
development,'' Mr Leatherland said.
council wants its concerns to be added to the revised Walker
Corporation development plan, submitted in October, before it is
considered by Planning Minister Rob Hulls.
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Author: PETER ROLFE
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