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  1. In Armadale VIC on “Construction of a...” at 3 & 5 Railway Avenue, Armadale, VIC:

    Eleanor Sarah Hart commented

    The Muti story development at 3 and 5 Railway Avenue has some major problems re entry and exit from Railway Ave. to Dandenong Rd . This will not allow a flow of rraffic and could lead to accidents at this intersection.

    Secondly not providing enough parking spaces in the development will over crowd the tiny street of Railway Ave.

    What is needed is a smaller development and enough parking on site for all .

  2. In St Peters NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 23 May Street St Peters NSW 2044:

    Jacinta commented

    I'm not saying don't develop, I'm saying don't over develop. There are ways to use what is already there. It doesn't need to be bigger to be better. Be aware of the surroundings and other people. Just look what they've allowed on the corner of Park and Unwins Bridge Road. That monstrosity has hemmed in the cottage behind it, the balconies and windows overlook the houses and yards of the houses around it, it has introduced lengthy shady spots on the street, the list goes on. What's worse is that considering another one on Railway Road. Develop within reason. Don't go overboard.

  3. In Valentine NSW on “Demolition & Dwelling House” at 138 Dilkera Avenue, Valentine NSW 2280:

    Elizabeth Fraser commented

    A new house is already under construction on this site. This is a mistake on the website apparently due to similar application numbering. Please fix this.

  4. In Richmond VIC on “Development of land for a...” at 127 Swan St Richmond VIC 3121:

    Roger Daily commented

    The proliferation of planning applications requesting a waiver of car parking requirements is beyond a joke, and what is worse is that council/VCAT approve these applications. 17 apartments and 4 retail spaces with only 4 parking spaces is ridiculous.It is foolish to believe that people will not own cars, and the result is that they will compete for the limited on street parking (regardless of being able to obtain a parking permit or not). Once these places are built there is no turning back. This development and many like it should not be approved in the City of Yarra

  5. In Richmond VIC on “Development of land for a...” at 127 Swan St Richmond VIC 3121:

    Lou commented

    I have walked past and I know where this site is however I am wondering if this is part of the Clifton development? Please clarify as it appears to be behind hoarding. It is part of an earlier planning permit that is being revised? I share concerns about the constant waiving of car parking. The knock on effect for everyone is dire.

  6. In Darlinghurst NSW on “Change of use of existing...” at 174 Crown Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010:

    Tiffany Schäfer-Howley commented

    To whom it may concern

    We both reside at next door to the above property and would like to petition - the conversion of 174 Crown street, from a commercial establishment to a residence. The main reason for this is that we both genuinely believe that the owner is/has converted this building to a backpacker hostel rather than a residence.

    When parking the car, via the back lane, we both looked into the garage of 174 and noted not only a pile of mattresses (more than the number of rooms) but also a shopping cart full of microwaves. Upon discussion with our neighbour at 172 Crown street, who runs a barbershop out of his premises, and who stands in the shop front for the majority of the day, also noted the comings and goings of 174 with a constant stream of different people.

    The "residents" of 174 have also been causing a disturbance in the neighbourhood with the police having to be called on two occasions, in as many weeks. The first incident occurred on the night of 17th of May when a violent brawl erupted outside both premises. We personally called the police on the night in question and as soon as the people fighting heard sirens they stopped the altercation and those who didn't run away started running into 174.

    Our neighbour at 172 also gave us the reference of the other incident which occurred at 170 Crown Street, where the tenant was having beer bottles thrown at his house. This too was reported to the police, and a reference number set up for any further complaints. This number is: 355397KIT9 Further more to the disturbances the use of marijuana is so strong that it seeps through the wall into our living room.

    Additionally, as the size of our recycling and dustbin are only 110L each (we are a total of 5 residents) we are finding that our bins are being used to the point of being overloaded and we are left without bins. When all the bins are full (once again they're using all the residents bins) they are dumping bags of rubbish (mainly beer bottles, junk and mouldy food) on the street.

    We have been living in the area since last October but since the conversion a few months ago as you can see we have had our fare share of issues. We urge you to investigate the original submission as to reinforce we duly believe that it was lodged without genuine intent. We both separately spoke Eleanor Robertson and she advised us to contact your department. We also believe that there is a compliance issue in relation to this conversion i.e. environmental health, fire safety and possible immigration control issues. Should you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact one or either of us on the details below.
    Yours Sincerely,

  7. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Peter Viney commented

    There are many perspectives on this complaint from the perspective of the women who attend the various Pole Princess studios. I would like to lend my perspective as the boyfriend of someone who attends.

    It is frankly offensive to state that any one of these women is a lesser person because of their decision to attend Pole Princess. This business is solely interested in the health and fitness of women, and should be regarded as any other fitness studio. What does it matter whether the forms say "dance studio" or "pole dance studio"? I believe the word dance still features! My girlfriend and three of her friends attend Pole Princess in Mitcham. In the time that they have been there the boost to their self esteem, fitness, and even their friendship has been indescribable. My girlfriend feels happier and healthier thanks to this amazing business. The ladies come and go dressed appropriately, in a jumper and either trackies or leggings. This includes every woman I have seen come and go from the business and every single one of them has displayed a respectful manner concerning the businesses surrounding the studio.

    As for Justin's complaints related to parking and the phones, firstly I expect that Justin will be entering a complaint for every business that applies to use this space, as ANY business that occupies the space will have to use parking. The phones as stated by many above are the phone company's problem and not the problem of Pole Princess.
    The complaint about the sign is also just clutching at straws. I have seen the company sign before many times when dropping off my girlfriend and her friends. The woman featured in the image is wearing a crop top and short shorts. I believe if you went a few doors down to the fernwood that Justin stated is there, you would find similarly clad women also working out. Relating it to an image of pornography is ludicrous. If you believe this is an issue of pornography, I expect you to take up the issue of in appropriate images with every Coles, Safeway, news agency and petrol station that sell magazines showing far more inappropriate images than this on their shelves instore, all within view of any child who walks past.

    Furthermore, Pole Princess is ONLY for women. I do not spectate and have never made an attempt to spectate. As stated previously, this business is a fitness studio, NOT a strip club. It is a business that deserves the same respect as the gym down the street and the architect's office upstairs.

  8. In Ambarvale NSW on “Commercial” at 161 Englorie Park Drive, Glen Alpine, NSW:

    Mr Gilles Bastide commented

    Could you please let me know what has been proposed for development at 161 englorie park drive Glen Alpine NSW 2560.
    I have been told that it could be a religious Meeting Hall to be constructed within residential area.

  9. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Jade commented

    I think that perhaps Heather and others (not recommended to men) you had better try before you deny?
    It seems that all your comments are directed at the nature of the studio itself rather than the function of the business. Why do you care so much if it's a pole dance studio? Is it because you directly associate strippers with pole dancing? If you've ever opened your mind and been to a strip club, you would know strippers use pole dance poles for nothing. Girls are not going to be walking around half naked in the streets of your town, be realistic. I CHALLENGE YOU HEATHER! To take ONE CLASS at this business's multiple other successful studios and see for yourself.

    If this was a second business, that had all the same planning issues yet, it wasn't a pole dancing studio? I'm sure you wouldn't think twice about it.

    You have a fight with a group of very strong minded women on your hands here.

  10. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Bridget Murray commented

    I have been personally affected by images all my life, triggered into feeling uncomfortable about my body. This year marks my 5th year with Anorexia Nervosa and 12 months ago I was given the "okay" by my dietitian to go back to exercise. I could never bring myself to step into a gym ever again. So I went to Pole Princess and for the very first time I felt comfortable in my body, learnt how to exercise for fun (rather than burning calories and losing weight) and got to see photos and people in real life dancing who were all shapes and sizes. I learnt how to have a healthy body image which is incredibly hard to do in today's society with the influence of media.

    By rejecting this permit you are taking away not only a positive empowering space for women, but something which has been incredibly helpful with my and many other people's mental health. I have lived in Boroondara my whole life and have always been proud of the diverse culture we have, but now I feel embarrassed to say I live here when they won't let a DANCE STUDIO open up because it might be too provocative. I feel embarrassed that the council has let narrow-minded views decide the fate of a much loved place.

    Get your shit together please.

  11. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Kathleen Mc commented

    I am a school teacher, a resident of the Boroondara community and a member of Pole Princess.

    Pole Dancing is an amazing fitness work out and is so much fun. Women of all ages, shapes and sizes call Pole Princess home and those making such negative complaints against the planning application have unfairly judged and demonized every single one of us.

    Pole dancing is not 'stripping' and Pole Princess is not part of the adult sex industry.

    And as for the complaint about the business' logo- I have seen far more 'pornographic' images all throughout Melbourne - images of women clad in bikinis far skimpier than the lady in the Pole Princess logo are all over the place. (Apparently that's fine for families and children to see though, it's only when there is a pole in the picture that it becomes a problem. Double standard much?)

    I hope for the 'complaintees' sake that they don't bring such a judgemental and narrow minded attitude to everything they do. What a sad, lonely way to go through life.

  12. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Joyce Tang commented

    I have been a student of Pole Princess for over 3 years now and I have never found a form of exercise that I have enjoyed as much as this. I have a gym membership as well and I hardly go. I dedicate my time completely to pole dancing. It has made me feel so much about myself since I started and I can't even begin to imagine stopping this.

    I write in support of Pole Princess' application to commence trading in Hawthorn following the closure of its Kew studio for residential development.

    I'm completely appalled at comments calling us "potentially undesirable". We are not "strippers", we don't get paid to do this. I work very hard full-time as a designer and a manager for a clothing company and definitely do not deserve to be called "potentially undesirable". In fact, none of the girls who chose to go to Pole Princess to exercise should deserve this. It is completely disgusting. No one should ever be made to feel this way.

    What I think is potentially undesirable is closed minded people who go and judge everything straight away without doing any research.

    If you care to look into what sort of an establishment this is, it does not only teach pole dancing. It provides lesson in other dance styles, stretch classes and core strengthening classes which is the exact reason why it shouldn't be called "EXOTIC POLE DANCING STUDIO". It's not just pole dancing we do there.

    My relatives lives locally, pretty much down the road to where the Kew studio is located currently and they have never thought there was any inappropriateness to this establishment. Yes, they may have wondered what happens in there and it may look "sexual" but once I showed them what I did, it completely opened their eyes and was completely amazed at what professional pole dancers are able to do.

    If the signage is a problem, I'm pretty confident that the owner is more than happy to accommodate and put up a less "provocative" sign.

    All of us girls go there to simply enjoy a good work out, meet new people and I have met some very lovely girls there who works professionally for a living and FYI not as a stripper and many of them I have became close friends with. The teachers are wonderful and spend so much time helping us to build strength, gain confidence.

    Please open your eyes and your mind. Recognize pole dancing as a sport and just a place for us to be to help us feel better about ourselves.


  13. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Natalie Care commented

    I have been pole dancing on and off for 5 years now in both New Zealand and in London and now Australia. I am not yet a member of poleprincess, but have been following them and am very disappointed that members of the public have complained. Some of the reasons such as noise disturbance for the offices upstairs I believe are relevant. As a pole sport athlete, I also agree with the complaints about the signage. It has always frustrated me that pole studios (not just poleprincess) use provocative advertising for a legitimate form of fitness- however the calls for the studio not to open because of this should not be taken into account as it is an issue that could easily be rectified in my opinion.

    When I first walked into a pole dance studio, I was blown away when I saw a girl who mustve been 100kg, doing pole tricks. This gave me the confidence to continue pole dancing and I went on to loose 20kg and to gain a lot of confidence.

    Since then, my fitness interests have extended. Now my main passion is the environment and I go out hiking or rogaining nearly every weekend. I also recently have taken up aussie rules football. I am also a member of the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre and regularly go to the gym there. For me and for others in the pole sport industry, pole dancing is a sport and form of fun fitness.

    I am in no way what society would label as 'sexy' and could still do with loosing a few kgs, but I can honestly say that pole dancing changed my life, and I hope the Boroondara community will accept us.

    Please watch a youtube video from the international pole sport federation championships- an event I attended while in London. These videos are of a sporting event, and the lack of pornography is apparent.

    Kind Regards

  14. In Wolli Creek NSW on “Construction Certificate -...” at 52 Arncliffe Street Wolli Creek NSW 2205:

    Gerard Foley commented

    Where are the documents detailing the changes to the structural design?

    They don't appear to be on the council website.

    How can anyone make an informed decision without access to this information?

  15. In Fitzroy North VIC on “Construction of a five...” at 38 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North VIC 3068:

    Rachael Polic commented

    I am a local and I object. A five story dwelling is completely out of character with the street scape and the influx of residents will add to the increasing congestion and continue to stress the already under resourced facilities and public transport in the locality.

  16. In Fitzroy North VIC on “Construction of a five...” at 38 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North VIC 3068:

    Lou Baxter commented

    I object to any reductions in the parking requirements as parking is already a problem in the area (I live nearby).

  17. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Andrea Mackay commented

    I am a pole princess student and I am writing in support of the studio opening in Hawthorn.

    I have been a pole princess student for little over a year now and in that time I have gone from being overweight, unhealthy and unfit to having a body in a healthy weight range that I am proud of. Pole princess enabled me to take control of my weight and to lead a much healthier lifestyle.

    I am a university student, studying criminology and psychology and working part time in the Emergency Department of a major metropolitan public hospital. I am offended and disgusted to read the comments stating that this studio would attract 'undesirable clientele' and hinder the safety of the family community. The group of women who attend pole princess are made up of teachers, nurses, police women, personal trainers, nannies and housewives, who engage in the physical activity of pole princess that not only encourages fitness but provides them with a social interaction and emotional support that promotes a healthy mind and body.

    It saddens me to live in a society where discrimination and judgement is now surrounding a fitness activity. Descriptive words such as 'erotic' humour me beyond imagination. When I see women who attend pole princess sweaty and red, decked out in their gym attire, erotic is last word one would use to describe the scene of pole princess.

    But none of this matters, at the end of the day the ladies of pole princess can walk away from this ordeal with their heads held high and proudly look upon the accepting and welcoming community they have developed together. To those of you who judge and feel the need to exclude these powerful everyday women from your community, I invite you join us, and instead of dwelling on such narrow minded, negativity, exert yourself in something productive and come and have a little bit of fun.

  18. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Leigh Penfold commented

    I write in support of Pole Princess' application to commence trading in Hawthorn following the closure if it's Kew studio for residential development.

    I moved to Melbourne in 2011 and although I had undertaken pole dancing for fitness previously, it wasn't until I found Pole Princess that I fell in love with the sport. The environment created and fostered by Anastacia, her team of fantastic instructors and my fellow students has seen me expand my Melbourne based friendship circle exponentially to the point where I consider them my Melbourne family. I now have a safe, supportive and encouraging place where I can take refuge to "dance away my cares" when life delivers it's little knocks or to share my joy and excitement with likeminded women when a little "life win" crosses my path. I am continually amazed and heartened when I experience or witness the outpouring of excitement and congratulations from fellow students when a classmate conquers a new challenge or one they have been working on for what seems like forever sometimes - this sport is HARD! Sometimes this encouragement comes from a passing student from another class to whom you have never previously spoken but who is a fellow "Princesses" - we are all FAMILY.

    The pose featured on the sign under objection is used in our warmup and is quite possibly the best back stretch I have ever experienced. What I haven't yet mentioned is that prior to undertaking classes at Pole Princess I suffered from chronic back pain courtesy of a car accident when I was 18 years old. Nearly 19 years later and my crippling back and headaches have now decreased significantly in frequency and magnitude to the point where I am no longer rendered incapable of venturing past my bedroom door for days on end. This is all thanks to the fabulous Pole Princess instructors who are trained to ensure an adequate warmup at the commencement of each class, a safe and balanced technique is used during instruction and appropriate after class care instruction is provided.

    Far from wanting to learn how to dance erotically, Pole Dancing was recommended to me after a 10 year search for a form of exercise to replace netball which was removed as an option following 2 knee reconstructions. Thanks to Pole Princess I swiftly lost the 20kg gained during that search and I am now in the best shape of my adult life with developed leg muscles which support my knee and mean daily knee pain is no longer something I need to live with.

    My "non-pole friends" have certainly noticed the difference in my physical, mental and emotional strength to the point where several have requested and attended introductory classes with me to see how this has been possible. The comments at the end of these classes are always "that was fun, no wonder you love it so much", following inevitably the next day by "my muscles are so sore, I haven't used them like that in years, what a great form of exercise". In fact, several of these friends have now taken up pole sport themselves.

    Far from detracting from the area or making it unsafe, the Pole Princess staff and students actually inject funds into the local community. On top of my pole course fees, I spend approximately $30 per week on the way to/from classes on petrol, groceries, refreshments etc. I live several suburbs away so rejecting this application will effectively remove $150 per year from your local businesses. That may not sound like much but there are hundreds of Pole Princess students who I daresay spent a similar amount or more way week at neighbouring businesses.

    As for the objection to scantily clad and undesirable women congregating in the area, I am often amused by the faces of the small minority of motorists passing the Kew Junction location expecting to see skinny, scantily clad "strippers" with perfect hair/makeup exiting the building but instead they see physically strong women who are fully clothed in often sweaty gym gear with their face and hair looking like they've just done an intensive workout - because we have!

    Pole Princess are family to me and I sincerely hope that your decision doesn't lead to my local family becoming homeless.

  19. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Bennet Alexander commented

    I am a 25 year old male - born, raised and still residing in Hawthorn. I am writing to you after being made aware through social media streams of the stand-off between the proposed Pole Studio at 58 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn and some concerned public.

    Personally I have no problems with a dance studio being opened in my neighbourhood. No matter if they dance on floorboards, in a tu-tu, on their head, or on a pole, I believe any form of exercise needs to be encouraged in our community. We need to help inspire and entice woman to feel beautiful and stay active, and if Pole Dancing is the answer to this - then all glory to them. From what I see online Pole Dancing has developed a mass following and thus a high level of competition has arisen, with plenty of Pole tournaments being advertised at leading performing art centres. The clients of these establishments should be able to practise their sport like any other gymnast or athlete – in maintain the exact same fundamental core elements of strength, endurance, technique and flexibility.

    I see a connection ignorant people in the community are making between pole and stripping, but the roots of pole dancing are from circus arts, when the central pole of the big top was used by performers. Its only since American influence in film that the performing art was adapted to bars and gentlemen’s clubs – giving this beautiful and gracious gymnastic sport a negative connotation.

    I employ you to speak to operations managers at the proposed establishment and take time to make a proper and informed decision. As I believe declining any dance studio in our suburb for having some pop-culture connections to strip clubs, is just outrageous and unjust.

  20. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Bayah Creighton commented

    This is a form of exercise. Do people not realise this? They clearly state THEY ARE A DANCE STUDIO! There is nothing stated about sexual or erotic dancing. They also offer many other forms of dance - not just pole dancing. What about those that go here as they are too nervous to go to a gym or anywhere else to exercise? Think about those that use this studio and those that are employed here before having a winge about it. Its not a bad thing wanting to go dance for exercise.

  21. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Ellen Lewis commented

    I am writing to tell you how much Pole Princess has changed my life and how I ask for you to allow it to operate in Hawthorn.

    I am 32 and work full time in the Marketing Department in Retirement Living for Australian Unity. I have lived and owned a property in East Kew for five years. I live with with my husband, a Primary School teacher, we shop at Leo’s, Toscano’s, Joyce and Son butchers and love our area. A bonus for me is discovering Pole Princess.

    I was feeling pretty flat about two years ago and felt I needed to do something different, something for myself. I didn’t want to do boot camp or the gym (was a member of Kew YMCA but I resented going) – been there done that, I wanted to do something fun that would help keep me fit. I always drove past Pole Princess at Kew junction and started looking into it. It was close to home, on my way home from work, close to friends and family and convenient.

    So I quit the gym and joined up. I joined Pole Princess in May 2012 and it has changed my life.

    I am fitter, stronger, healthier and most of all happier. I started off going once a week, I now go five days a week and have made some wonderful friends. Everyone has seen a change in me and my parents, family and in laws are so proud of my achievements – and jealous that I have found something that makes me so happy. I recommend it to family, friends and work friends - anyone.

    The positive environment Pole Princess creates is like nothing I have experienced. The encouragement from teachers, staff and students is amazing. It is a non-competitive environment where every female, of any age, background and ability is treated with respect, kindness and it is FUN. I just love it.

    But it is the location, the network of the teachers and the owner who make it. It is reason why I stay at Pole Princess Kew and not go to another studio. Plus other studios are too far away for me to get to.

    Please allow Pole Princess to open in Hawthorn and keep hundreds of happy women off all ages and professions (full time professionals, Nurses, Managers, students, Mums, teachers, doctors, business owners, designers, academics, dentists! – the list goes on) coming to the area and continuing to love their community for the life and opportunities it offers them.

    Ellen Lewis

  22. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Gii commented

    I have been a student of Pole Princess for two and a half years now. Amongst my Honours at Uni and work, it is the only opportunity I have to socialise and have fun for fitness. There are hundreds of girls who attend the studio in similar situations. The assumption that pole dancing attracts 'troublesome' clientele could not be further from the truth - Pole Princess is a community made up of ladies from all walks of life, many of whom reside in the Boroondara area.

    Should Pole Princess Hawthorn be denied its application, many students, including myself, will lose our primary support system and the place we come to relax, exercise, feel confident and most of all, be accepted.

    Pole Princess is a comfortable, supportive and inspiring environment. The proposed business is in no way breaching any laws, hence why should it be denied?

  23. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Jess R commented

    I cannot believe some of the things I am reading. Are people today really so uneducated as to assume that a pole and aerial fitness studio actually means a strip club is setting up shop?

    Mr Morris, your comments are laughable. I find it shocking and incredibly sad that you, and many of the locals in Boroondara, have made absolutely no effort to educate yourselves in any way.

    First off, this is a dance and exercise studio. I trust you understand exercise means moving your body around? What exactly about pole fitness does one find so offensive? When I work out at my regular gym, I often wear sports bras and tight leggings. Is this also offensive? Should my local gym be shut down, in fear of attracting an unsavoury man who may stare at me, or children who have never seen a woman in leggings before?

    Unfortunately, it's clear many people have decided to simply react instead of investigating. Has anyone here done pole before? Have you tried aerial? Do you understand the health benefits involved in such exercise?

    If the sign offends you, then I understand. I'm sure the owners of Pole Princess would be more than happy to alter this to something more suitable for the area. But to the many people trying to shut down a business simply because they do not understand what this business is, I am ashamed to be a part of your community.

    You can be assured that if this application is rejected, you will lose hundreds, if not thousands of customers within your council limits. I for one refuse to support any local business in Boroondara from this point forward.

  24. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    madeleine grant commented

    I am writing in regards to the application of Pole Princess being denied. The objections that have been listed above all have a common theme- grievances with both the type of business, and with the clientele it attracts. I understand there are many misconceptions and stigma’s attached with pole dancing, however, there is a stark contrast between the stereotypical pole dancing in a mens club, and the sport of pole dancing.

    One individual suggested that the clientele are ‘undesirable’ and could pose ‘possible risks to the safety of the family community’. I would like to quash this perception. I am a Boroondara City Council resident and have been for over a decade now. I am in my final year of a bachelor of law/ bachelor of International relations. I have worked part-time in hospitality whilst studying, in the Boroondara area. To those objecting, I have also probably been a babysitter to yours, or some of your friends’ children. I currently volunteer at a legal centre as a paralegal, working in human rights law/refugee law.The other women attending my class are also from a vast array of backgrounds, all of whom I consider to be intelligent, kind and talented individuals.

    I was a gymnast for 11 years, then after numerous injuries I was forced to quit. I spent a few years searching for another sport that gave me the same enjoyment until a friend suggested I try pole dancing. I fell in love with it straight away. It uses the same techniques, movements and muscle groups as gymnastics. Like gymnastics, it requires a mixture of strength, grace and aerobic fitness. Pole dancing is just like any other form of dance (or gymnastics).

    For those who have ignorantly suggested that it this dance studio is ‘inappropriate’ and that it will attract ‘trouble’, I urge you to rethink this. Pole dancing is a sport. It can also be an art form- with many of the instructors being amongst the best in Australia. To deny this application on the basis of a misconception about what the sport actually entails would be unjust. It would infer that myself and the countless other women are partaking in erotic, pornographic and suggestive activities. It is an unmerited and unjustified accusation- one that I find incredibly insulting, not just personally but to the sport itself.

  25. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Anna Cincotta commented

    Pole princess is an amazing organization, I remember my first ever class and how nervous I was at the Kew studio, all the teachers and other students were so welcoming it lifted my self esteem very high. This is solace women can go to have a workout and feel empowered! Don't even think of taking that away! There is nothing smutty about it!

  26. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Amber Cappelletti commented

    I have been a student of Pole Princess for 2.5 years. I am a resident of Kew and a ratepayer of Boroondara and I would like my council to approve our studio moving to Hawthorn east.

    It does not matter whether or not this is a pole dance studio the apparatus used should not affect whether it be opened or not but the archaic, offensive, selfish and uneducated views of Justin and Heather Morris are disgusting.

    I'm a web designer and programmer full time (not an "erotic dancer" would you believe!) and I work with a whole range of wonderful women in different fields including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, marketing executives, banking and media professionals and even mums.

    Please listen to reason and let us have our studio open.

  27. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Sheldon commented

    I write in connection with the above planning application. I wish to offer my support to the proposal, for the reasons outlined below.

    I have been a student of Pole Princess Dance Studio for 3 years. It is my main form of exercise after an injury left me unable to run. I am employed full time as an analyst. I can assure you that I, along with my classmates are certainly not “undesirable” clientele, and pose no “possible risks to the safety of the family community”. Attending Pole Princess has allowed me to regain my fitness, developed my confidence, encouraged social interaction and helped me to form some great friendships.

    The site chosen is a convenient location. As per the parking assessment provided with application, there is ample parking and public transport facilities.

    I am aware of a small minority within the community that have an inaccurate perception of the activities that would take place on site. I would encourage any objectors to come to a class and see that this is not a seedy adult entertainment business. This is a dance studio that promotes health, fitness, teamwork and artistry.

    The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 legislates local governments responsibility for health and wellbeing planning which includes participation in physical activities as a key priority. The Boroondara Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2009 - 2013 provides Council with a clear direction on the health and wellbeing priorities for the Boroondara community. A clear objective within that plan is to "...encourage people to be active and participate in community life". Pole Princess encourages people to be active and participate in community life.

    The Active Boroondara Report states that Council recognises that “participation in physical activity brings about a range of personal, social and economic benefits for individuals and communities” (Active Boroondara Report 2010 – 2015). Within that report, Council committed to “support leisure providers i.e. clubs, organisations, community groups”, and to “work in collaboration with providers of leisure programs and services, through facilitation, advocacy and where appropriate provide support”. (Active Boroondara Report 2010 – 2015) This is a superb opportunity for the council to achieve their outlined objectives by showing their support for a business that encourages fitness, strength, health and wellbeing among women in its community.

    Boroondara council’s strategy notes that “we are proud of our vibrant culture that promotes an array of artistic, sporting, recreation and lifelong learning opportunities” (City Of Boroondara arts and cultural strategy 2008-2013). I encourage you to continue promoting such opportunities. When the benefits are so great and there is no harm to existing businesses, it makes good sense to support the Pole Princess Dance Studio.


  28. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Jess Highman commented

    Would you say no to a gym? No! Would you say no to a dance studio? No! How is this any different! Its a form of fitness and dance. It is not a strip club.. there are no men on the premisise. It is simply and purely a form of exercise with the aid of a pole. Journalists, nurses, students and all forms of women of all backrounds ages and races attend the colours. All the teachers are supportive and proffesional and clothing is worn in every single class.. no one gets naked and no one is doing anything innapropriate. I love pole dancing and i dont no what i would do without it.. its my happy place.. it gives me confidence, keeps me fit and is one of the funnest things i have ever participated in. To not allow them to open would just be incredibly narrow minded and old fashioned. What is worn and what is performed is no different or more "erotic" than any other dance form

    Jess h xx

  29. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Melissa commented

    Firstly, I must say a big thank you to the people who have made stupid assumptions and idiotic comments about what it is we do a Pole Princess. You have certainly made me laugh!
    I recently became a member of Pole Princess in Mount Waverley and I am happy to say it is the best decision I have made in a long time.
    Pole Princess is an energetic, caring community made by women for women. It is a safe place to exercise, and all shapes and sizes are welcome.
    There are professionals, administration assistants, swim coaches and mothers in my class, none of whom are "pornographic erotic dancers".
    The sheer talent and strength it takes to pole dance surprises me in every class and week by week I am feeling more confidence and stronger in my body.
    I have trained in a gym, with a personal trainer and at an MMA club and none of these come close to the effort and dedication needed to train in pole dancing.
    I urge the council, and the close-minded nim-wits to reconsider their views and actions and realise this has nothing to do with stripping or pornography, but more to do with empowering women of all shapes and sizes.

  30. In Hawthorn East VIC on “Preliminary Lodgement” at 58 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123:

    Tahlia Schumacher commented

    Do not decide the fate of this application based on the fact its a pole studio. There is nothing wrong with pole dancing, erotic or otherwise. If you are concerned about people behaving erotically behind closed doors then I pity you.

    I could point out all the differwncea between dancers and "strippers" but I shouldnt need to as there is also nothing wrong about strippers.

    If you do not like to pole dance then please do not attend the studio.

    They pay for their space just as you have to pay for theirs. If they arw not breaking any laws then you need to accept that the studio has the SAME RIGHTS THAT YOU DO.

    Provides that the pole studio is within their rights and are acting legally, I see no reason this applicatoion should be denied.

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