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  1. In Richmond VIC on “Use and development of the...” at 172 Lennox St Richmond VIC 3121:

    Eva Mills commented

    Any major change to building height on this site will be detrimental to the current low-rise character of Lennox Street. Overlooking and shadowing a significant concern. This many apartments will also put even more stress on parking in the area.

  2. In Sunshine VIC on “Variation of Licence” at Tenancy S1 Sunshine Market Place, Shopping Centre, Sunshine 3020, VIC:

    Odette Budge commented

    I am quite surprised and alarmed about this new planning application. Sunshine shopping centre has an abundance of liquor shops including near the bus/ train station.

    We live within a 50m radius there is already at least 5 outlets that open in similar hours- Derrimut hotel, Foodworks, Cellarbrations, Sunshine Cellars and Cheers etc. This doesn't include the main shopping centre within walking distance from the train/ bus station where there is Safeway which sells liquor etc...

    Our family lives in this zone and is already impacted upon by; the regular drinkers who wait for the stores to open and drink outside on the bus stops/ train station and local park using paperbags and shopping bags to disguise their casks, open bottles etc; The younger out of work people with nothing to do, new migrants who are learning to use alcohol at the back of the train station. The combination of no work, little opportunity or hope and alcohol is fueling the aggressive pattern on our streets, particularly around the station.The later hours it seems the outlets sell alcohol, the greater the fights, litter and ugly human behaviour such as defecating and urinating in laneways/ parks etc.

    We have called police at times when it's becoming dangerous and Brimbank council about this. There is so much the police already have to deal with it is low on their priorities in the main. The bylaws officers and at times the police appear often too scared/ too busy to approach them... I think as a community that is increasing in size and increasing in unemployment, alcohol related illnesses, adding another liquor shop is not going to help our community. As a regulator you may not see the impact of longer hours of selling cheap alcohol and more outlets has on us.

    I implore you to not just think about the on paper planning request but the low SES, high youth unemployment and high newly arrived community who already has enough liquor shops. I do not work for any council, do not have any influence with the liquor or planning department at Brimbank council but only a ratepayer who is speaking out for people who don't know how to in my community. We live with the poor choices of the past in liquor licensing and gaming has had on Sunshine and hope for a sober judgement on this additional planning permit.

    I am happy to write a more coherent, logical objection if I am needed to write to specific planning law or points. Please let me know if there is something I can refer to, it is the first objection to a liquor license I have written so am unsure of how to approach it.

    Kind regards,
    Odette Budge
    ombudge@gmail.com

  3. In St Leonards VIC on “2 Lot Subdivision and...” at 172 Manifold Road, St Leonards:

    Geoff Cook commented

    The size of the land is insufficient to allow such a subdivision and should be rejected. As we are going through the same subdivision process we were told that nothing less than 150 acres can be approved for subdivision into minimum lots of 75 acres. It does not meet council guidelines. You also need to check that the new "cross over" has been registered.
    Geoff Cook 130 Manifold Rd, St Leonards.

  4. In Mount Victoria NSW on “A split level dwelling” at 12-14 Milson Street, Mount Victoria, NSW:

    Peter Morgan commented

    The reason we recently purchased our property at no7 Mt Piddington Road was the terrific bush views.

    Every effort should be made to preserve established trees on the site and I will rely on the council to ensure that happens

  5. In Wentworthville NSW on “Construction of a two...” at 13 Warra Street Wentworthville NSW 2145:

    Norman & Inez Mitchell commented

    We wish to make a Submission on the above development application.
    Our concern is based on PUBLIC INTEREST (Streetscape & Environment)

    Our concern is the proposal to remove two street trees immediatly infront of #13 Warra St.
    These two trees are both well established Jacaranda mimosaefolia. We estimate the trees to be at least 40 years old and are both in perfect health.
    These trees are two of a number of such trees in our street and infact, are quite a feature of the streetscape and are simply stunning when in flower in November each year. In addition to these well established trees, some residents have planted additional Jacarandas to further enhance our street into the future. Visitors and newcomers to our street always comment on the beauty of the trees, whether in flower or not.

    We believe that with some small changes to the placement of the over footpath crossings the trees need not be removed and would infact, enhance the appearence of the proposed development. This could be achieved by moving the proposed crossings slightly to the right (south) of each tree. There is ample space to do this without impacting on the vehicular access to the proposed garages.

  6. In Mt Nathan QLD on “Description: Class: IMPACT...” at 137 Nathan Valley Road Mount Nathan 4211:

    Isabel Gall commented

    Re Development Proposed at 137 Nathan Valley Road, Mount Nathan. It has come to our attention that The Oval Drive & Trentbridge Crt will be used to access this particular site. This is a no through Rd estate, with narrow access roads that do not lend themselves to through traffic and this proposed development will see a lot of traffic that is not local traffic. Also I believe it is a Conservation Area & this increased traffic will impact on the native fauna in particular koalas.
    Reference :MCU201200440 Isabel Gall

  7. In Surry Hills NSW on “403 Crown St Pty Ltd -...” at 403 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010:

    Thomas Smith commented

    "Alcohol fueled violence is OUT OF CONTROL in Surry Hills"

    Citation please. The literature I have read suggests this is not the case.

  8. In Surry Hills NSW on “403 Crown St Pty Ltd -...” at 403 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010:

    A Byrnes commented

    Surry Hills is SATURATED with pubs and licensed venues. Another pub is not needed or welcome.

    Clover Moore claims she doesn't take money from the AHA but at the same time she NEVER OPPOSES the constant stream of new liquor licenses, extended hours applications and extended capacity applications.

    Alcohol fueled violence is OUT OF CONTROL in Surry Hills and MUST BE STOPPED - this starts with a ban on all new licenses in the already-saturated area.

  9. In Richmond VIC on “Use and development of the...” at 172 Lennox St Richmond VIC 3121:

    Christine Hammett commented

    This is an over development of this site - 59 apartments. Developer greed yet again and creating tomorow's slum. What about the car parking?

  10. In Avalon NSW on “A new single dwelling and...” at 69 Riverview Road Avalon:

    Nicholas Ridgwell commented

    We are residents and owners of 64 Riverview Road, Avalon, which is directly opposite the subject property, 69 Riverview Road.

    We were notified of the application by Council and in response to our questions, relating primarily to parking arrangements, we were contacted by a Council Officer who advised that approval would be granted subject to conditions.

    In discussion with the Officer I pointed out that many properties in the area adopt brown walls and green roofs in order to minimise their visual impact. I advised that our property is subject to a covenant which requires these colours. The Council Officer agreed that a condition to reflect this was warranted.

    We note that condition11 of the approval requires low reflectivity materials to minimise glare.

    As the building works are advancing we are concerned that the roof cladding appears to be a silver colour which is not in accordance with the approval and will cause discomfort to us as we are elevated relative to their property and face due west.

    Please confirm the applicant will be required to apply a dark non reflective finish to the roof BEFORE a Certificate of Occupancy is granted.

  11. In Richmond VIC on “Use and development of the...” at 172 Lennox St Richmond VIC 3121:

    Hamish Robinson commented

    An excessively large number of dwellings for the size of the site which will further exacerbate parking issues in Lennox street. I assume given the number of dwellings this will likely cause significant overlooking down Lennox street and Rowena Parade.

  12. In Glenroy VIC on “Construction of four...” at 20 Kennedy Street, Glenroy VIC 3046:

    Yvonne Dickenson commented

    Test to see where this goes

  13. In Neutral Bay NSW on “Modification of Consent...” at 145 Wycombe Rd Neutral Bay, NSW:

    Jeanette Coulson commented

    In reference to the letter written 21 February 2013 received this week.

    I will be happy to see the gum tree at the back of 145 Wycombe Road Neutral Bay removed.

    My husband and I walk up the Rangers Lane to the shops and feel very threatened by this tree as it has large branches which are dead hanging over the lane. When the winds are blowing we walk up Wycombe Road. as sticks and twigs drop from a great height.

    We think this application should be approved

    Jeanette Coulson
    unit 8 103/107 Wycombe Road Neutral Bay nsw 2089

  14. In Pascoe Vale VIC on “Construction of a three...” at 262 Sussex Street, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044:

    Dina Ding commented

    if community values, residents concern and rights do matter to council, this plan wouldn't get approved. if council is only interested in money, then it will get a way. Alcohol saturation, with associated violence and crime in our 24/7society is already a serious and growing problem. I hope councillor could check the map or have a look around here, more than FIVE bottle shops within TWO kilometres radiue. Do you call these undersupply or oversupply??? The last thing we need here is more cheap booze.

  15. In Blaxlands Ridge NSW on “Cemetry” at 288 Packer Road Blaxlands Ridge:

    Harold Moellmer commented

    As a hawkesbury resident and rate payer for the past 27 years I am mortified that someone would even suggest putting a cemetery in such a pristine area.To me the issue is not about religion but more to do with the rear of 288 Packer Rd being less than 200 m from Roberts creek .900m downstream it flows into a swampy wetland area ,home to many types of birds and wildlife. 700m further it flows under West portland Rd and into our great Hawkesbury River.Three klm down stream there is quiet little hamlet called Cumberland reach,where I moved with my family 14 years ago because of our love for the River and the pristine environment.If there is even a remote chance that some sort of pathogen could end up in our great Hawkesbury where my children swim I urge the council to put a stop to this lunacy.

  16. In Richmond VIC on “Commercial - 2 New...” at 54 Hunter St Richmond VIC 3121:

    Julian Lenehan commented

    This application should be declined on the reduction of parking Firstly as residents cannot park now after 7pm as all parks are taken
    Secondly building a 3 storey building in that block lord / hunter street will be out of scale with existing buildings

  17. In Pascoe Vale VIC on “Construction of a three...” at 262 Sussex Street, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044:

    Kirsti Clark commented

    Let's face it - Moreland Council will give a building permit to anyone who asks-as long as it means they will get more money from rates. You only have to look at how they approve endless developments in this suburb. Single houses are numbered. It is the same for shops-if they are not two or three storeys high with room for multiple apartments-then their days are numbered.

  18. In Wahroonga NSW on “A 4&6 storey building-130...” at 185 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga:

    Claire Williams commented

    This is too large a building on top of the school the SDA church is already placing on Fox Valley - Road - the traffic cannot cope and due to hospital parking Fox Valley Road is a single laned Road - there are now too many buildings holding too many people on Fox Valley road which is a residential road, apart from the hospital. Already it takes 20mins in the morning to go down the road towards the Comenarra.
    There is a reserve with endangered plants and Coups creek next to this development - the Pacific highway corridor is the place for this building - not Fox Valley Road.
    This development will create chaos - there is not the roads, public transport and infrastructure to support it.

  19. In Pascoe Vale VIC on “Construction of a three...” at 262 Sussex Street, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044:

    Peter Fuggle commented

    Development of this tired shopping strip is long over due and I support this application. I would like to have a bottle shop within closer walking distance of my home than Merlynston. Yes, there are significant social problems resulting from alcohol abuse in particular under age and binge drinking. But these problems will not be solved or even marginally impacted by restricting the availability of packaged alcohol. Frankly I am sick of having my rights and legal behaviour impinged upon due to restrictions aimed at the lowest common denominator. We need to bring vibrant businesses into this area, not drive them away.

  20. In Pascoe Vale VIC on “Construction of a three...” at 262 Sussex Street, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044:

    Jason commented

    Do we need another liquor outlet in Pascoe Vale? NO NO NO. Large numbers of bottle shops are linked to higher rates of violence.

    1. This premise is only 200 metres from Pascoe Vale North Primary School gate. If you kids are in this school, what would you say to a new bottle shop? I bet you would say NO. Having a bottle shop 200 metres away from the school would expose students to drunken behaviour and contribute to increased injury, violence, accident and assault rates in Pascoe Vale.

    2. There are a quiet few liquor outlets in this area. The closest one is 600 meters away. why open another one? Bottle shop density links to
    a: consumption and drinking patterns,
    b: drink-driving and traffic accidents,
    c: assault, homicide and other violent crimes,
    d: child abuse and neglect,
    e: sexually transmitted diseases,
    f: drunkenness and neighbourhood disturbances,
    g: property damage and vandalism, and
    h: personal injury

  21. In Pascoe Vale VIC on “Construction of a three...” at 262 Sussex Street, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044:

    Pei commented

    We certainly don’t need another liquor store. It’s a shame a good retail space like this can’t be used for something unique.

    More than five bottle shops in one suburb are not enough?? Who in their right mind would even want to open another outlet with all the competition in the vicinity. Compared to service stations, green grocers, churches, butchers, do we need this much supply of alcohol, who is going to buy and drink all this alcohol ?

    Another bottle shop in the area will only add to the problem of young people buying large quantities of cheap alcohol and wandering around the street. I hope the council have the sense to see whats going on here and put a stop to it before we say 'I told you so'.

  22. In Newport NSW on “Seniors Housing Apartments...” at 5 Trevor Road Newport:

    Stephen Smith commented

    This application should not be approved because of the situation of the property in relation to Barrenjoey Road, the increase of traffic and also on street parking that shall be generated if the application is approved. Trevor Road at the point adjacent to the site is inclined and quite a narrow road and at the present time vehicles parked outside the subject site and across the road from the site create a dangerous situation for both pedestrians and motor vehicles alike.
    Trevor Road is less able to cope with passing traffic when vehicles are parked on the side of the road than other streets such as Queens Parade East and Walworth Avenue and even these streets, though wider than Trevor road, are becoming dangerous to drive upon when oncoming traffic is encountered.
    The street is already overcrowded with several medium density developments existing between the subject property and Hollywood Road, quite a short distance.
    I remain concerned for the many children, mothers with babes in prams, walkers, joggers, cyclists and other road and footpath users, bearing in mind that for several reasons in this particular area pedestrians have no choice but to walk on the road, due to the lack of adequate footpaths, lighting and the risk of walking in dog droppings at night time when walking on the footpath.

  23. In Rosny Park TAS on “Carpark and office additions” at 30 Gordons Hill Road Rosny Park, TAS:

    Mark Duffett commented

    This proposal should not be approved in its current location. The area of the proposed car park is currently attractively landscaped, with numerous shrubs, hedges and medium-sized trees that have been omitted from the plans presented. This area is one of the most visible, highly trafficked (both foot and vehicle) streetscapes in the city of Clarence. For it to be replaced by bitumen and an 'unobtrusive cyclone fence' (an oxymoronic concept, 2m setback or otherwise notwithstanding) with a large, heavy security gate would be a major reduction to the amenity of the area.

    This gate also poses potential traffic issues for Bligh St, as returning vehicles will have to wait in the road and/or across the footpath for the gate to open (unlike the similar gate further down Bligh St at the police station, which has a substantial off-street driveway leading to it).

  24. In Newport NSW on “Construction of a shop-top...” at 316 Barrenjoey Road Newport:

    Rhonda Keen commented

    I strongly oppose this development. It is not in keeping with the Master Plan. It has no aesthetics and presents itself in this location as the gateway to Newport. It is too high, too bulky and if Council is representing its constituents it must not permit such a monstrosity.

  25. In Kurri Kurri NSW on “Liquorland - Liquor licence...” at 259 Lang St, Kurri Kurri 2327:

    Stephen McGrath commented

    When is Aldi, Kurri Kurri going to get their licence ?

  26. In Dundas NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 77 Kissing Point Road Dundas NSW 2117:

    Alan & Janice Noy commented

    Not appropriate for this area. Will impact on lane way to surrounding properties.
    Too close to public school!
    Dangerous road at the best of times. (Kissing Point Road).
    Disapprove of this application.

  27. In Blaxlands Ridge NSW on “Cemetry” at 288 Packer Road Blaxlands Ridge:

    Nicole commented

    RE: Concerns for 10k plot Muslim Cemetary. (Not knowing of it's exact proposed location when I wrote the below extract) Same issues are still relevant & apply to Blaxland.

    Approximately 3-5 weeks ago l read an alarming article in the 'Gazette' that the muslim community will submit a D.A this year, 2013, to establish a ten thousand plot cemetery in the Hawkesbury.

    I moved to the Hawkesbury 3 years ago, from Parklea/Quakers Hill, to remove myself from the indoctrination. I wanted to be closer to my heritage, the safety of my own community. I now have serious safety concerns if this D.A is to be approved. To allow this will draw Significant islamic crowds to a European, Christian settlement.
    The community as it stands will be destroyed. Their culture is far from discrete or polite, their general presence is frightening.

    Will you help fight this D. A? I want to have children but not in this community if Muslims are drawn out here to the dead. They will claim racism out here and will cry that we change local law so no Men Can go down the river when Islamic females are around, halal foods, noisy cars, barbaric males, drunk and disorderly after funerals, loud funerals and the likelihood they will damage heritage property because of the simple fact it's European.

    furthermore they will want mosques and schools nearby otherwise they will claim racism. Then, where would our rights have gone? our rights to this community... a small community,our rights to quite Streets, our rights to be safe against Violent men and racist taunts from Islamic females and males.

    You can't let this happen. I feel ill just writing about it

    please help because to approve this D.A is only the top layer, a very short sighted & shallow decision.

    Warm Regards
    Nicole

  28. In Enmore NSW on “Shenanigans Brewing -...” at 66 Marian St, Enmore 2042:

    Sam Haldane commented

    This application is for a wholesaler license only. The business will be a contract brewing business, meaning that the beer will be brewed at an established brewery, and then sold on to pubs and bars. No beer will be produced on the premises and then sold.

    The license needs to be attached to a premises, in this case my house, and means that the paperwork associated with the business must be done on the premises, nothing more.

    Unfortunately the planning alert doesn't reflect the nature of the business.

  29. In Blaxlands Ridge NSW on “Cemetry” at 288 Packer Road Blaxlands Ridge:

    Garry Adams commented

    I object to the application for a 10,000 plot Muslim only cemetery as submitted in DA0548/12

    If the council panders to this out of area minority group about a totally unwarranted secular cemetery , then what comes next, a mosque, a religious school and perhaps a Muslim only housing enclave, all things that the Hawkesbury can do without.

    This is basically a Christian area and has no ties whatsoever to the Muslim religion. No thought should be given to catering to such a divisive religious group, this plan offers absolutely nothing to the residents of the Hawkesbury area and should be avoided at all costs.

    Yours sincerely,

    Garry Adams

  30. In Watson ACT on “COMMERCIAL...” at 150 Aspinall Street, Watson, ACT:

    Hamilton Dwight Walker commented

    These are a great addition to the Carotel and I recommend them. They are top quality and just use old powered sites to operate in. I am glad Carotel is so enterprising.

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