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  1. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    B S Craig commented

    I support the application for a responsibly run venue in this location. Too many such venues have been lost in recent years.

  2. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Elliott Routledge commented

    I am in full support of this development, as I believe COMMUNE is an important cultural hub that adds so much to the city. Their contribution to local businesses, creatives, artists is unique and can only do great things for the immediate neighbourhood and the greater city. They have a great history in producing safe, community engaging events and should be granted the right to do more!

  3. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Sophie k commented

    I think this is a great addition to the growing area. Totally support it!!

  4. In Eltham VIC on “Building and works to...” at 25 Dudley Street, Eltham VIC 3095:

    R.M. commented

    No way. There are already traffic issues in Eltham and this particular area. Five storeys and 82 dwellings is way too much for that size block. The apartments are tiny. Not to mention the reduced parking, which is also already an issue. This will have a hugely negative impact on traffic and parking issues. Eltham is known for its greenery and natural, spacious environment, this type of development will ruin everything that is special about Eltham. It is not in an inner city suburb, we don't want people living on top of each other.

  5. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Tom Saetereie commented

    As a local resident of Waterloo, I wholeheartedly support the expansion of The Commune.

    The Commune have, and continue to engage the local community by providing a safe space to celebrate diversity, cultural awareness and health through a variety of initiatives.

    I am deeply impressed by the staff of The Commune who through their own ingenuity and creativity have identified a cultural gap which they are addressing.

    I look forward to seeing how more they can do in the future with this space given they are provided with adequate support and resources.

  6. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Emerald commented

    I fully support this proposal, the cafe is situated in an area which is very much in need for smaller, more intimate venues for music. Given the growing interest in Newtown as a location for musicians to perform (since the number of venues in Sydney have shrunk so dramatically), proposals like this are needed now. This proposal presents the opportunity for current and new generations of Sydney musicians to practice and perform their craft, which is currently under unduly pressure from ill-thought through legislation.

  7. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Drew Rooke commented

    I fully support this proposal. If approved, it will help Addison Road - a hugely under utilised area - grow into a more vibrant, creative precinct. It will offer locals an alternative to nearby pubs, the Vic on the Park and the Henson, both of which are great venues but do not necessarily appeal to all who live in the area. Any great suburb is diverse and should have several types of venues available for people of all demographics to enjoy - cafes, restaurants, pubs AND small bars.

    Arguments that this proposal will cause the area to transform into a Kings Cross-type area are specious and reflect an ignorance of the fact that there is a very large cohort of adults who simply enjoy having one or two drinks with friends in a nice venue with nice music before quietly heading home.

    Equally problematic is the argument that this development will cause increasing traffic along Addison Rd. As it would be a bar where alcohol is served, and as it would cater mainly to the local community, I highly doubt patrons would risk breaking the law or wasting their petrol by driving there.

  8. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Sebastian commented

    COMMUNE provides a necessary and valuable outlet for creativity, wellness and social cohesion on the fringes of the city, in what was once an industrial area, now a high density neighbourhood otherwise lacking in services and centres of this nature. I have attended a number of events and workshops at COMMUNE and believe it has the capacity to deliver a range of social and economic benefits to the area.

  9. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Kate Jones commented

    COMMUNE is a vital part of Sydneys cultural scene & something that this city desperately needs.

  10. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Kevin O'Toole commented

    I, as well as many others support the development by The COMMUNE, it has become an important cultural hub of Sydney, offering wide ranging events and activities such as supporting local artists, turning startups into businesses and opening its doors to the community with yoga, markets etc. With spaces like the COMMUNE, Sydney can stand proud on the world stage as a cultural as well as a business destination.

  11. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    NC commented

    I wholeheartedly support this initiative. I've been a resident of the inner west for a decade now, and have frequented all of Ash's venues. Each one is unique, and makes an important contribution to the social life in the area.

    Each of Ash's cafes are important community hubs as they are diverse, creative and inclusive, and provide employment opportunities for locals. Ash is known for supporting local businesses by stocking her supplies from them, purchasing art for her cafes (all her cafes are absolutely gorgeous and packed with local art), and i'm excited to see that she's opening up another opportunity for local community by hiring DJs to play for her public.

    On the matter of DJs, I'd like to note that the place isn't intended to be a nightclub at all. Amplified music is no different to playing music in any small venue/space. It will simply allow the venue to connect a laptop to a mixer, then into the speakers, as every other venue, day or night trade, does. And a DJ will play tailored tunes for the venue. Indeed, the venue does not intend to have DJs 5 nights per week. But this proposal is about the option to have a DJ play on any given night whether it be a Saturday or a Wednesday. Again, the music will be no louder than plugging a laptop into speakers, but it provides an exciting employment opportunity to locals and a fresh new venue.

    At a time when so many small venues around Sydney are shutting down, especially music venues, giving a platform for locals play their music would provide a unique space in Marrickville for local residents and performers to develop their art.

    Those living in the inner west, especially Newtown, will know that there are significant increases in homophobic and transphobic violence. Our venues in Newtown are becoming increasingly unsafe for the community to go to, because of the influx of violent partygoers who are locked out from Kings Cross and city venues. To my neighbours in the inner west, you know how important it is that locals have somewhere safe to go to, as a cafe and bar to have a few drinks without the fear of being harassed or assaulted (as happens in the city, as is increasingly happening in Newtown). Ash's venue will give locals somewhere to go for local entertainment throughout the week but without the need to drink a lot of alcohol as with the local hotels and big pubs that are taking over. The inner west deserves a local community space where we can feel safe, feel at home at. Those of you who visited Ash's other cafes will know that the quality of food, drink, and service always are excellent. The places are inclusive and friendly. This is just what the inner west needs, just what Marrickville needs.

    This is an incredibly groovy and funky initiative, I am excited!

  12. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Jamie preisz commented

    I support this application entirely. Commune has provided valuable spaces for a variety of inner city working creatives with such generosity. As an emerging artist commune has been a very important part of my development allowing me to have access to spaces and supporting my work from the beginning. I provided them with murals and they repaid me tenfold with kindness and and genuine approach to elevating creatives together. Commune is invaluable to the development of a strong, vibrant artistic community.

  13. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Karen Lam commented

    COMMUNE has been a great support to small business owners and makers within the local inner city and eastern suburbs region. I totally support this development as there needs to be a place that continually supports and hosts great community events!

  14. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Trudy commented

    PLEASE approve this application. I live in Lewisham, and there are no vibrant, interesting of cultural places within walking distance. This place will only help to bridge that gap and bring some liveliness to the area.

  15. In Marrickville NSW on “Review request under...” at 43-51 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Graham Kelleher commented

    The proposed motel development application has not addressed the key issues raised by the previous two applications. Parking, environment, amenity and suitability to the area. This application should be rejected again!
    As there has been no infrastructure created to cater for the huge increase caused by the other major developments in the immediate area it makes no sense to allow a project that will only exacerbate the serious issues already faced by residents of the area.

  16. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Jeff McCann commented

    Commune is a beauty organisation that is all about community. We need to celebrate places like this.

  17. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Rebecca Whittington commented

    I support the business owner who has made this application. She has proven to be community minded, respectful of people (particularly neighbours) and supportive of local artists. Additionally - there is always a room for cultural and community growth in the Inner West.

  18. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Cath Hughes commented

    This city needs more setups like COMMUNE - places that support creativity and humanist projects celebrating and supporting diversity, passion and ethical entrepreneurship. I can't speak highly enough about the integrity of the team behind COMMUNE and believe the community will only thrive in their presence.

  19. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Marcel Tabuteau commented

    I fully support this application.
    With the gentrification of Newtown over the last 10 years and the lockouts bringing more people there from other communities who are looking mainly to drink and get drunk, the safe, open spaces we once had are slowly diminishing it seems. We need to nurture and help thrive those spaces, and this sounds like one. Ash's space in Newtown is beautifully diverse and supportive and I could think of no better group of people to open a fun vibrant later night venue in marrickville. This can only be seen as a good thing, if sound was a major issue for you, you wouldn't have moved to marrickville I don't think

  20. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Kaitlyn P commented

    I completely support this proposition. I think it's of crucial importance that small businesses like District get the opportunity to develop and flourish in order for inner west Sydney to maintain its culture and continue to be recognised world wide as a safe, inclusive area for the lgbtqi community.

  21. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Johnny commented

    I fully support this application.

    This sounds like an exciting addition to Addison Rd, and for someone passionate about music and culture I am encouraging of new bars and venues opening in the neighbourhood.

    Particularly on Addison Rd, where it really could use a late opening venue, aside from restaurants Thai Power and Barzaari.

    Contrary to some commenters, I trust the operators of 107 Addison (who I have zero relationship with) will be responsible with its operation and particularly about nearby residents when it comes to noise. A comparable venue is Cake Wines, a Redfern bar running for more than a year now, which has amplified music (yes, even *gasp* techno!)

    Still, it responsibly manages its venue in consideration of its neighbours, which are mostly high-density apartment blocks.

    With that said, some of these comments regarding the venue being a "techno DJ nightclub" sound like exaggeration. I go past the space nearly every day and it does not appear large enough for a nightclub-type venue, as well as the 12am closing time being a deterrent for those looking for one.

    As per the Statement of Environmental Effects, Ash Houghton appears to have the appropriate nous in the running of two other venues to understand how 107 Addison can serve the local community and the burgeoning independent arts scene in Marrickville.

    I say give it a chance.

  22. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Oriana Morales commented

    I absolutely support this development. COMMUNE is an exceptional organization that has contributed so much to our community offering a rich, open and safe space for great activities so needed nowadays. The people behind this initiative really care about the impact they are making in society and they are an amazing example of inclusion, creativity, and hard work; also they've always shown absolute support to small businesses, young entrepreneurs and local artists in need of a space to develop the crafts and the activities they love to do. Allowing this development will be an amazing opportunity for all the local citizens and surrounding communities.

  23. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Daniel McPhee commented

    The support, dedication and hard work Sam puts into the local community is unparalleled. I speak from personal experience when I say he is a man of exceptionally high moral fibre.

    Sydney is crying out for a venue like this. I wholeheartedly support its approval.

  24. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Matthew Cunningham commented

    I support this so much
    Knowing how Ash Houghton runs her cafes I know she will be an amazing addition to the amazing community on Addison road

  25. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Rosa commented

    I support this application. Ash creates something beyond her amazing coffee and great cafes. She brings a safe, creative, beautiful environment for everyone. If we do not nurture and let places like District grow, how will Sydney manage to entertain and inspire its people?!

  26. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Melanie Sparke commented

    I support this application!

  27. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Susie rugg commented

    I support the development of commune wholeheartedly. Commune provided my 4 year old son the opportunity to sell his artworks at a recent event (money went to charity). They were supportive and inclusive as they are in all they do to all artists and creative 4+ Commune should have the right to grow and develop to allow them to continue to nurture and support Sydney's cultural and creative lifeblood.

  28. In Marrickville NSW on “Under Section 96 of the...” at 107 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Melissa McKenzie commented

    Having dealt with the proprietor in a professional capacity, I have found her to be both fair and consistent. I am confident that any expansion to the scope of her existing business would be done with the best interest of the community in mind. Additionally, having visited both or her current venues, I feel that any modifications made to the space will be done to a very high standard and will help to bring more trade to the area. This can only be seen as a positive and will most likely encourage other local businesses to "lift their game" and bring new ideas to the table.

    On a more personal note, as a resident of the Inner West and a frequent visitor to Newtown/Enmore/Marrickville, I support the creation of late night venues that will help reinvigorate this area of Sydney. There is a notable lack of places to relax and unwind with friends that aren't deep in the heart of the CBD or in the tourist trap that is Darling Harbour/Circular Quay. A local venue, managed by and staffed by locals, is exactly what we need to ensure that the Marrickville council area continues to thrive.

  29. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Jessie Larson commented

    COMMUNE is an essential and necessary, it's an outlet for creativity and artistic endeavors, a space which aims to a provides an accepting and diverse space for all prospective pursuits in Sydney. It achieves this not only through it's regular market events providing a space for the makers of Sydney to exhibit their goods and services, but additionally through societal interactions in their provision of cafes, weekly yoga classes, and many creative workshops put on by local businesses and emerging artists; many of which I have partaken in. It is these cultural and inclusive ties that COMMUNE provides that I believe is an invaluable asset to Sydney's creative scene.

  30. In Waterloo NSW on “Change of use of premises...” at 895-899 Bourke Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Amelia M commented

    Commune is a worthy part of the City of Sydney cultural footprint. I currently have the benefit of experiencing what this place has to offer; there's no other place like it. Please accept their DA proposal as it is vital that they broaden their economic pursuits to remain able to support themselves and their greater Sydney community.

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