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The Big Con ?

Yarra River Green
                                            Wedge
The Yarra River Green Wedge established in 1984. Kew, Melbourne Australia.

This prize 27 hectare site just kilometres from the city is

being developed on a model than concerns
the Committee greatly....






"... The final financial return to the State will not be known until the end of the project...."

Department of Human  Services
Melbourne
March 29th 2010


  "...  If a con game is successful, the mark does not realize he has been "taken" (cheated), at least not until the con men are long gone..."
 
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Sunday 25th March 2012

Herald Sun Sunday


Liberal MP Andrew McIntosh accused of breaking his promise to investigate Kew Cottages development



Andrew McIntosh MP
LIBERAL MP ANDREW MCINTOSH HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF BREAKING A PLEDGE. PICTURE: JAY TOWN HERALD SUN


Peter Rolfe

THE minister responsible for Victoria's new anti-corruption commission has been accused of turning his back on a pledge to investigate alleged corruption and kickbacks in his own local patch.

After lashing the former Labor government over the controversial development of the Kew Cottages site, Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission Minister Andrew McIntosh last year promised the deal would be among the first probed by the watchdog.

But the Kew Liberal MP has backflipped on the commitment, last week telling the Sunday Herald Sun the issue was out of the corruption buster's reach and ruling out an immediate suspension of further development...





March 10th  2012

The
                      Age

Baillieu's shadow play
Shadow Play
Photo: Tamara Voninski

Royce Millar and Melissa Fyfe


''MATES, money, waste, mess, delays, deceit, bungles and dodgy tenders.'' This was Ted Baillieu in 2006, on the cusp of becoming leader of the Victorian opposition, and on a theme that would help propel him into the premiership four years later.

On this occasion, he was on his feet in Parliament, deriding the then Labor government over its plans to allow development of one of Melbourne's most coveted pockets, the so-called ''triangle site'' in St Kilda. His attack on the government and its newly tabled bill was to become a standard war cry. Victoria was rotting in Labor's ''culture of corruption''. The Coalition could root out the evil. And it would do so through its proposed Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. The cornerstone of the Coalition's integrity policy at the 2010 election, the commission would be ''a one-stop shop, fighting corruption across the entire public sector''.
Today, just 18 months into its first term, the Coalition appears to have lost its appetite for the fight....

Key among the controversies the Coalition seized on in opposition to justify its commission was Labor's ''sham consultation'' to stymie the redevelopment of the 19th-century Windsor Hotel, proposed in a leaked media plan written for then planning minister Justin Madden. The Windsor is specifically mentioned in the 2010 election policy as part of the Coalition's case for its anti-corruption commission. Others included the scandal over the Brimbank council, a local version of Labor empire building and infighting; unrest over improper tendering and conflicts of interest at the left-leaning Port Phillip council; and the long-running Paul Mullett-Noel Ashby saga within the Victorian police. Not to mention the cloud hanging over the development of government-owned sites such as the triangle and Kew Cottages.

Then opposition planning spokesman Matthew Guy encapsulated the Coalition campaign against Labor on corruption when he said of these two high-profile development sagas: ''There have never been two better examples of planning put forward in this city where an independent commission against corruption has been so important and so needed.''...


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Monday 20th February 2012

The Mayne Report


A cracking public meeting over Lang Walker's Kew Cottages fiasco

Stephen Mayne

I've been to some lively public meetings in my time but few rank alongside last Thursday night's community meeting over the 27ha Kew Cottages site being developed by colourful Sydney billionaire Lang Walker.

The site has a sordid history of broken promises, excessive secrecy and utterly inappropriate political donations by Walker, who even sent Graham Richardson down from Sydney to try and bang a few Labor heads together.

Once the Brumby Government was defeated, things were meant to get better.

Alas, whilst local member and Justice Minister Andrew McIntosh repeatedly called the Labor government's contract with Walker "an abomination" he hid behind so-called "sovereign risk" arguments in justifying little change and the non-release of the contract.

Health Minister David Davis, an upper house member for the region which includes leafy Kew, made the incredible claim that he supported Boroondara Council's recent litigation over Walker's attempts to have nature strips classified as public open space. He even called on Boroondara's Green mayor Heinz Kreutz to further explain what was happening?

It wasn't until Davis had left the meeting that Mayor Kreutz explained that council had only obtained legal advice and this had strongly argued against actually launching litigation.

Given that Kew Cottages is state government land and the previous government kicked the council totally out of the process, it was incredible to have Ted Baillieu's factional enforcer somehow calling on the council to explain what was going on. Mayor Kreutz just asked that the government reinstate the council as the relevant planning authority.

Both McIntosh and Davis came across as being poorly briefed on the whole situation, which is ultimately in the hands of Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine.

The Baillieu Government is badly split on planning issues. Planning Minister Matthew Guy is strongly pro-development, yet Baillieu himself is hugely conservative and believes passionately in preserving Federation suburbs which dominate the Boroondara landscape and includes his Hawthorn electorate.

Throw in a whole bunch of angry new residents who are opposed to ongoing disability services being provided on the historic site and cranky with Walker for failing to deliver their long-promised pool, gym and cafe, and you have one almighty mess.

Surely the Baillieu government should just write a cheque to make Lang Walker go away and then completely go back to the drawing board with a new masterplan for the site which involves Boroondara Council at every level.


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Thursday 16th February 2012

Kew Public Meeting




1. This Meeting calls on The Honourable, Andrew McIntosh, MP for Kew, to at the next sitting of State Parliament repeat and implement his March 2010 request to the Premier of Victoria. Namely:

The action I am seeking is for the Premier to halt this redevelopment until he can provide the promised financial benefits to the services for the disabled, given that 27 hectares of prime Crown land, dedicated to the care of the disabled, is being permanently alienated from public ownership. (Hansard 11.3.10)


2. This Meeting calls on the Honourable Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria, to urgently instruct his Ministers to take all necessary action to ensure that his Government's Kew Cottages Election Promise is honoured without further delay.



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Presentation
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You are Cordially Invited to our Annual Public Meeting

at the Kew Civic Centre

7pm Thursday 16th February 2012


To Mark Kew Cottages
125th Anniversary

KEW COTTAGES COALITION INC. PRESENTS

Kew Cottages
 
and the
Baillieu Government
Act 2
Lang Walker, Kew Cottages
                                Developer, and Ted Baillieu, Premier of
                                Victoria
Lang Walker, Kew Development Corporation  & Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT's
PUBLIC MEETING

Speakers

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Sue Pennicuik, Greens MLC Southern Metro
 
Sue Pennicuik Local MLC (Greens Southern Metro)
Former Member of the Upper House Select Committee on Public Land Development



Cr Heinz Kreutz, Mayor of Boroondara
Cr Heinz Kreutz
Mayor of Boroondara



  7pm Thursday 16th February 2012

Phyllis Hore Room
Kew Civic Centre
Cnr Cotham Road and Civic Drive
KEW


Melways  Map 45 D6


The Topic for discussion:




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The story so far...

  125 Years Ago, way back in 1887,  Kew Cottages was Australia's  first 'Government Insurance Policy' for intellectually disabled kids and their families.

It offered asylum for the children on a significant piece of Public Land outside of the walls of the Willsmere that was permanently reserved by an Act of Parliament for the intellectually disabled.

Today, Kew Cottages is like a "canary down a coal mine".  Over the past ten years nearly half of the the 27 hectares of Public Land surrounding the Cottages in 2001 has been progressively sold off by the Bracks, Brumby, and Baillieu Governments in a most disturbing manner. The 'State Government Insurance Policy' for intellectually disabled kids and their families looks decidedly battered and bruised.

In 2008 concerns were raised by a Parliamentary Inquiry that the Government sell-off of the Kew Public Land was shrouded in secrecy and not in the public interest. The Inquiry also expressed concern that two property developers involved with the Kew Public Land deal, Walker Corporation and Mirvac,  had both made large political donations to the Victorian ALP days before the 2006 State Election.

At the end of 2008 Parliament instructed the Victorian Ombudsman to investigate the probity of the Victorian Government's Kew Cottage's contract, including the role of lobbyist Graham Richardson in the deal.

At the time of the November 2010 State Election there was a strong smell of corruption in the air. The Brumby Government was voted out of office, and the incoming Baillieu Government made an election promise to refer numerous concerns about the redevelopment of Kew Cottages to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission that Baillieu promised to establish by July 2011.

The Baillieu Government also promised that, subject to any contractual obligations to the contraryall of the remaining Kew Cottages Public Land would be listed on a new Victorian Register of Significant Public Land.

In February 2011 a Public Meeting convened at the Kew Civic Centre endorsed the Baillieu Government policy. The Public Meeting also called on the Government to impose an immediate moratorium on further Public Land sales at Kew Cottages, and to implement all of the Recommendations of both the Victorian Ombudsman's Inquiry, and the Victorian Public Land Inquiry. Read More >>

However, after a year in power, the Baillieu Government has comprehensively failed to deliver on its election promise for Kew Cottages.

And while the Government has so far failed to set up its promised Anti-Corruption Commission, and failed to preserve Public Open Space, it has continued to develop, approve,  and sell off Kew Cottages Public Land.




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The Baillieu Government promised Disabled a real Alternative at Kew
Promise
Performance
Lift the veil of secrecy on Kew Development Contract arrangements
Failed

Insist on developer fulfilling all its contractual obligations including preservation of 40% of the site as open space and
Failed
Restore the recreation building  that was demolished in breach of contract. (The Hamer Centre)
Failed
Support the Kew Coalition 5 Point Plan*
Failed
Refer Kew Cottages Development to Anti-Corruption Commission by July 2011 Failed

What Needs to Be Done



MOTIONS TO BE PUT TO THE 16th FEBRUARY 2012 KEW PUBLIC MEETING

1. The Meeting calls on The Honourable, Andrew McIntosh, MP for Kew, to at the next sitting of State Parliament repeat his March 2010 request to the Premier of Victoria. Namely:

The action I am seeking is for the Premier to halt this redevelopment until he can provide the promised financial benefits to the services for the disabled, given that 27 hectares of prime Crown land, dedicated to the care of the disabled, is being permanently alienated from public ownership. (Hansard 11.3.10)


2. This Meeting calls on the Honourable Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria, to urgently instruct his Ministers to take all necessary action to ensure that his Government's Kew Cottages Election Promise is honoured without further delay.






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2011 Ted Baillieu
                                              and Lang Walker 2012 The Developer's Contract
Lang Walker, Kew Development Corporation  & Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria

It is January 2012 and it is still not too late to achieve a better outcome at Kew Cottages because the Government still owns the land...

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From The Archives...

2011
2010

Thursday 25th November 2010

Baillieu offers disabled a real alternative at Kew

There is now a clear difference in policies between the major parties for the development of the remaining 14 hectares of Public Land at Kew Cottages.

ALP Southern Metropolitan Candidate, Jennifer Huppertsays a Brumby Government will provide four more years of "great success", plus five story apartments overlooking the Yarra Bend Parkland.

Ms Huppert's  vision for the future of this project is "that it continues to deliver high quality integrated housing for former Kew Cottages residents."

On the other hand, however, Liberal MP for Kew, Mr. Andrew McIntosh says that a Baillieu Government will insist on the developer of Kew Cottages fulfilling all its contractual obligations, "including the preservation of 40 percent of the site as open space and restoring the recreation building that was demolished in breach of contract".

In this week's Liberal Nationals Coalition policy statement on the future development of the remaining Kew Cottages Public Land, Mr. McIntosh says that a Baillieu Government will support the Kew Cottages Coalition Alternative 5-Point Plan.

 Mr. McIntosh says that:

"The (Liberal Nationals) Coalition is also aware of short-comings in the building of the 55 first stage private dwellings.  Despite the statement by then Community Services Minister, Sheryl Garbutt in June 2005 that surplus funds from the sale of the land would be invested in disability services, the Ombudsman’s report notes a departmental briefing of the Treasurer in March the same year advising that it was unlikely there would be any surplus from the project."

Outlining his personal vision for the future development of the site, Mr. McIntosh goes on to say:

"The future of the Kew Cottages site depends on the extant contractual arrangements between the Victorian Government and the developer.  Much of these arrangements remain shrouded in secrecy.  As no monies have or are likely to be applied to disability services as the original justification of selling public lands, my own personal vision would be that the Kew Cottages site remains part of the stock of public lands."

Mr. McIntosh says that, subject to any contractual obligations to the contrary,  all of the remaining Kew Cottages Public Land would be listed on the new Register of Significant Public Land to be established by a Baillieu Government.

He said that a Baillieu Government would also refer numerous concerns about the redevelopment of Kew Cottages to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission once it is established in July 2011 for investigation and report.

President of the Kew Cottages Coalition, Brian Walsh, today welcomed the Liberal Nationals Coalition policy statement on the future of Kew Cottages. Mr. Walsh said, that "At last the disabled have a clear difference in policies between the major parties that they should consider when they vote on Saturday."

Mr. Walsh said, " The response we have received from both the Australian Greens and DLP is also extremely positive".

Southern Metropolitan Greens MLC, Sue Pennicuik, describes her vision for the site as follows:

"I am on the record as opposing the sale of the land at KRS for private housing and supporting the use of the remainder of the site for much needed disability respite care - in the spirit of what the land was originally set aside for. I support the five points below, with the qualification that I would support a register of public land no matter who is in government. The lack of a comprehensive register of Victoria's public land was a key finding of the Select Committee into Public Land Development, of which I was a member."


Responding by phone to the Kew Survey, Western Victoria DLP MLC, Peter Kavanagh,  said he still had major concerns about the State Government's inadequate response to the long standing needs of intellectually disabled Victorians.

He said he welcomed the Kew Coalition's Alternative 5-Point Plan for the Kew Cottages site, particularly the possibility of establishing new respite care and family support services for the disabled.

Mr. Walsh that he personally believed Mr. Kavanagh had been the intellectually disabled community's strongest supporter in the last Parliament, and that Mr. Kavanagh had played a pivotal role in establishing the two recent Public Inquiries held into the Kew Cottages Affair.

Mr. Walsh said, "Hansard is quite clear, the voting record is quite clear - without Peter Kavanagh's vote in Parliament Victoria simply would not have had the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Public Land Development.

 "Similarly, without Peter Kavanagh's vote to refer the matter to the Ombudsman, the Government would not have supported the Victorian Ombudsman investigating the Kew Cottages and St Kilda Triangle Tender processes - so I think it is fair to say that Victoria owes Peter Kavanagh a lot," Mr. Walsh said.

2009
2008

From The Archives
2007


 Royce Millar's
Front Page Story
The Age
Wed Mar 28 2007
'Richo' on board
                              cottages project
'Richo' on board cottages project' (Click here for Hardcopy Version)

Or Read Online Version at:
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/richardson-weighs-in-on-cottages-project/2007/03/27/1174761470790.html






 
Background
Environment
Issues


Monday 10th July 2006

Melbourne Channel 10 TV News Reports

"Yarra Bend Park May Now Be Under Threat"
from
Deadly Tree Disease
at
Kew Cottages


View  Windows Media 
wmv video file (1min39s):
mp3 file


(Archive ..)
Bracks Government Cover up on
Biosecurity
Threat to Yarra ?



Tuesday 14th March 2006

Brian Walsh tells the ABC's 774, Jon Faine, he is astounded that the Government now claims it was unaware of the discovery of the fungus at Kew Cottages. Walsh says the Government claim is nonsense, "our information is that they have known for weeks.. " (see below)

Listen to the full Interview mp3 audio (2min 34s): mp3 file


Herald Sun 14.3.2006 p.31








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