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  1. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    John Griffin commented

    I object to the demolition of the Alexandria Hotel building for the following reasons.

    1. The Alexandria Hotel building and premises provide a window into historic Sydney (Eveleigh).

    2. The gradual loss of historic structures is akin to the torture of "death by a thousand cuts". The removal of this structure might not cause an immediate major change of the area, but it contributes to the irreversible loss of neighborhood character.

    3. The building has been maintained well and is not in dire need of rehabilitation. The premises in the current condition have many years of use left. An aspect of being a "green city' is to use what is in place. I expect the environmental cost of this project to be very high.

    4. It is shocking that in an area with very tight parking and some distance from rail transportation NO parking is planned. Even more shocking is a provision for commercial space when during the day the area is subject to parking restrictions along Botany Road. Invariably, residents of the planned building will park their cars in the adjacent neighborhoods which have very tight parking already. Within several hundred meters of this planned project are other projects already in construction which also have very limited parking.

  2. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Kelly DeSouza commented

    This would do a great disservice to its community, I work next door in a building that is 24/7 we all speak about how family oriented this facility is, never any trouble well policed family and drinking and sporting venue..... This makes no sense, I can list numerous places that should be knocked down before this one.

  3. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Ryan Saar commented

    I don't think this application should be approved - The Alexandria Hotel has only ever been a positive force in Redfern and Alexandria, not to mention a work of fantastic sight both from the outside and inside. It would feel disrespectful to the community to tear it down for another ugly block of apartments.

  4. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Andrew Levins commented

    Please don't demolish one of Sydney's best pubs, one of the very few family friendly outdoor venues and an important venue for the community.

  5. In Rowville VIC on “1 Two Storey & 2 Single...” at 5 Tarwin Court, Rowville VIC 3178:

    Troy commented

    Serious thoughts need to be made on car parking this is a small crt. This particular block has a small frontage. Parking should be onsite two spots per unit and 3 visitor parking bays at least. Kids play and ride in this court all the time. If you have more parked cars you'll have a higher risk of kids not being seen. Do your duty and approve only well thought plans not just complete maximum profit makers.

  6. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Megan Cassidy commented

    We object. A large venue with an outdoor area for children will be missing from the area if this is demolished. There is nowhere to host a local event in the area other than this pub (where we had our engagement part a decade ago) and increased traffick, drink driving risk is an issue.

  7. In Springwood QLD on “Request for Permissible Change” at 7 Westmoreland Boulevard Springwood QLD 4127:

    Catherine Schloman commented

    Consideration of present parking congestion in surrounding streets needs to be considered. Parking on both sides of Wootton Cres has significantly reduced visibility when turning right into Westmoreland Boulevard especially when cars park illegally on both sides Westmoreland next to double white lines. Emptying of rubbish bins is also an issue. The traffic report noted on the application is dated 2008, and does not reflect present trends. The application also notes that industrial bins should be emptied after 7am this is not what is presenting happening with the industrial bin on the adjacent commercial premise also owned by the applicant.

  8. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    K Forbes commented

    I OBJECT to a Sydney icon being demolished for apartments.

    I OBJECT STRENUOUSLY.

  9. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Jayne Hamparsum commented

    I would also like it to be known that I strongly object to the loss of this historic building for the construction of an apartment block which this council seems to get getting so wrong with ugly cheap developments for a quick buck. What is happening to with this government, they are suppose to be working for the people and all I see these days is they are working for themselves and their egos and pockets. There is enough dense apartment living that you have already been getting so wrong with no consideration to infrastructure or quality, not to mention the congestion of the roads and providing no parking. Enough is Enough, use your common sense on this one and do not allow it to go ahead. Listen to the people who voted you in. The Alex is a great hotel, has fabulous history, great community destination, supports lots of local sporting and national sporting groups. The Hotel might be tired, it just needs new management and some money spent on it to make it an amazing hotel again, it just needs a little TLC, a bit like what they are doing at the Cauliflower, which is being done up at the moment to be a groovewahhhh pub!!!! This reflects what is happening in the area...
    SAVE THE ALEX.........

  10. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Pat Duggan commented

    I would like to oppose the demolition of this magnificent inner city "local".. besides its obvious historical value as a fine example of 19th century architecture it has the added bonus of providing a meeting spot for local residents and businesses. Unlike many new style hotels it is low key and I can honestly say i don't ever recall any problems from the venue... it is also widely used in the local film industry due to its old style feel... please save "The Alex".

  11. In Malvern SA on “Carry out alterations and...” at 182 Fisher Street, Malvern SA 5061:

    Loretta Condoluci commented

    The 5.1 metre walls that are proposed to be built on the western boundary of 180 Fisher Street are extreme. In overall terms that part of the development proposal is simply too large and overbearing and cannot be in keeping with the heritage aesthetic of the area.

  12. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Rachael King commented

    I would like it to be known that I object to the loss of this historic building, a hotel that has stood on the corner of Henderson Road and Garden Street in Alexandria since the late 1870s.

    Its simply not good enough to allow such a historic building to be demolished to make way for residential apartments. Why is this hotel any different to those in Paddington, Surry Hills or Newtown.

  13. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Carrie Grimes commented

    I know there are architects and developers out there who are talented, visionary and influential enough and to design projects that combine heritage values with the need to make a financial return. Just don't be f**&*!!&ing greedy guys!! Leave something in it for everyone else. You can't take all that money with you.

  14. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Kevin McLaughlin commented

    It's not good enough that the City of Sydney allows buildings such as The Alexandria to be demolished to make room for yet more development of the area. The Alexandria should be heritage listed and preserved for future generations. The area can be developed in such a was that iconic buildings such as this remain.

  15. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Yolanda Floro commented

    I object to the demolition of Alexandria Hotel. It should be protected from demolition. It has important historical associations with the local community and local government in the area. A hotel has stood on the corner of Henderson Road and Garden Street in Alexandria since the late 1870s. The existing building was built in the late 1920s. The hotel is Henderson Road's last remaining link with Alexandria's pre-war industrial heritage. It sits in the Alexandria Park Conservation Area - significant for its ability to demonstrate the growth of the Municipality of Alexandria in the second half of the nineteenth century - an area of late nineteenth century housing, encompassing a large range of housing types including 1-3 storey terraces and cottages. The area also includes corner shop buildings and substantial civic buildings (former Town Hall and Mayor’s residence) and the Lord Raglan Hotel dating from the early twentieth century. The area illustrates the establishment and development of the Municipality of Alexandria, from 1868. The industrial development illustrates a later overlay reflecting the growing importance of the area as an industrial centre in the early twentieth century.The Alexandria Park Conservation Area Statement of significance Recommended management states : "Contributory buildings should be retained and conserved.Promote public buildings - Promote retail areas (c) Other Significant Development: - Retain intact Interwar industrial development"
    To destroy an example of our social history for a box with 28 compartments (with no parking for occupants) is incomprehensible.
    The proposed development is inconsistent with the aims of the Sydney Local
    Environmental Plan 2012 (Sydney LEP 2012) stated at clause 1.2 as it does
    not enable a range of services and infrastructure to meet the needs of
    residents, workers and visitors and does not enhance the amenity and quality of
    life of the local community. The proposed development is inconsistent with the provisions, objectives and aims of Council’s planning controls and if approved, would detract from the improvement of the public domain and character of the local area. Therefore as a matter for consideration pursuant to clause 79C(1)(e) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) the proposed development is not in the public interest and is inconsistent with the objects of the Act to encourage proper development of the City for the purpose of promoting a better environment.

  16. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Rowena commented

    I am opposed to the demolition of the beautiful, historic Alexandria Hotel to make way for more apartments in this rapidly (over)developing area. To let this go ahead will mean another piece of Sydney's history is irrevocably lost for the benefit of a few. The argument that the building's heritage value has been diminished by surrounding redevelopment is false and could be cut down by the simple adage: 'two wrongs don't make a right.' There may be other buildings in Sydney with relatively similar architecture but not in that area, and none with a 'U' shaped bar quite like the Alex. Please protect this site from cheap redevelopment so that it may remain lasting artifact of Alexandria's architectural history for future generations of Sydneysiders to enjoy.

  17. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Karen Soo commented

    Dear Marrickville Council,

    We strongly oppose this I strongly oppose this development application due to excess bulk/scale of the proposed building and the impact this huge development would have on:
    - Overshadowing and privacy for over 60 residents in both Schwebel and Leofrene Streets
    - Parking
    - Traffic
    - Overcrowding
    - Waste management and flooding
    - Both pedestrian and public car access

    Streetscape - Overshadowing and Privacy
    The streetscape in this area shows there over 60 one level street houses along Leofrene and the north side of Schwebel Street which would be directly effected by such a huge and excessive building. To have a monstrosity of 8 stories towering, shadowing and overlooking the over 60 houses (approx. 150 residents) would remove the almost 150 residents from their afternoon light and privacy. Some houses with solar panels would be effected by the proposal. These basic amentities are legally required to be shared and considered based on the Land and Environment in the streetscape of this high density and high value area.

    Note: This same developer has attempted to exceed Marrickville Council height restrictions has been non-compliance on a variety of issues in their previous DAs.

    Excess Bulk and Scale
    I find it extremely convenient for the developer that Marrickville Council has amended the maximum building height for the affected lots to 26m, the exact height of the proposed building. Generally, B2 Local Centre Marrickville LEP landing zoning deems a maximum building height of 20m for other nearby B2-zoned lots.

    Floor Space Ratio Issue
    The Floor Space Ratio (FSR) for the development is also non-compliant with Marrickville Council LEP planning map information. The FSR for the development is almost twice the council FSR limit of 3:1 at 5:68:1. It offends Marrickville Council and the community who endured a lengthy process to agree to such ratios to have a developer have no consideration what so ever for the council area's restrictions.

    Parking Issue
    The DA parking space allocation appears to be non-compliant with the Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 (MDCP 2011). Quoting the DA Traffic Report: "a total of 42 spaces are required for the proposed development to comply with Council’s current DCP. The development proposes to provide a total of 21 parking spaces (17 residential spaces and 4 commercial spaces)." Please note that this is only half the amount of parking required to comply with MDCP 2011.

    Insufficient Community and Public Space Commitment
    The developer's proposed token 'dedicated' 1 Leofrene Avenue grass patch to Marrickville Council would mean all Marrickville Council rate payers will have to foot the bill for park maintenance as well as it being a very minimal community amenity in return for their multi-million profit being sought.

    We completely oppose this 8 storey building and prior to any development being considered we request that a comprehensive independent impact study and detailed survey to all Marrickville residents should be conducted by the Council as to most effective, low impact and cohesive renewal of this area should be proposed.

    regards,

    Resident Schwebel Street
    Marrickville

  18. In North Perth WA on “Proposed demolition of...” at 172 Loftus Street, North Perth, WA, 6006:

    Martin McGinty commented

    In principle, I endorse the application. I believe that of many of the current dwellings are in need of a revamp to improve the streetscape and Loftus St appears to be an ideal canvas on which to advance Perth's urban infill requirements. We will be looking to do something similar on blocks 187 and 189 Loftus St in the not to distant future.

  19. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Darren Cole commented

    I object to this building being demolished. Surely it's wonderful heritage (1870s) value alone should be enough to save it from the wrecking ball? By taking down this building, you will strip yet another piece of history from this area and take away more character. The building appears to be in sound condition and could be renovated. I do not believe this district/neighbourhoods needs another mixed use (really just more apartments) at the expense of a building which has been a meeting place and watering hole for many inner city residents for over a hundred years.

  20. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Samantha commented

    No thanks. There are enough whitewashed residential areas popping up in Alexandria. We don't need to lose part of it's heritage.

  21. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Kristen P commented

    I strongly oppose this development due to the likely traffic, parking and overcrowding impacts to the local area; and also have noted two DA non-compliance issues.

    The DA parking space allocation appears to be non-compliant with the Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 (MDCP 2011). I am quoting directly from the DA Traffic Report: "a total of 42 spaces are required for the proposed development to comply with Council’s current DCP. The development proposes to provide a total of 21 parking spaces (17 residential spaces and 4 commercial spaces)." Please note that this is only half the amount of parking required to comply with MDCP 2011.

    The Floor Space Ratio (FSR) for the development is also non-compliant with Marrickville Council LEP planning map information. The FSR for the development is almost twice the council FSR limit of 3:1 at 5:68:1.

    I find it extremely convenient for the developer that Marrickville Council has amended the maximum building height for the affected lots to 26m, the exact height of the proposed building. Generally, B2 Local Centre Marrickville LEP landing zoning deems a maximum building height of 20m for other nearby B2-zoned lots.

    I also noticed that the developer has 'dedicated' 1 Leofrene Avenue to Marrickville Council as parkland space. I presume this means all Marrickville Council rate payers will have to foot the bill for park maintenance once the development has finished. It should be the responsibility of the building owners corporation to maintain all surrounding grounds/parkland included in the DA once the development has been completed.

  22. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Peter commented

    Strongly support this application. I live at the Revolution with my young family and have spent 30 years in Marrickville.
    This area surrounding Marrickville station is currently a dump and needs urgent revitalisation and gentrification. Investment into this area is most welcome. Marrickville is getting left behind other areas of Sydney because of Nimby-ism. The focus should be on good quality design - not stopping progress and development.

  23. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Matthew Jorgenson commented

    I am very sad to hear that someone wants to demolish the Alexandria Hotel. This pub brings charm and a sense of community to the local area. As a local resident, I am normally pro-development. The area is growing and new homes for new residents need to be provided. But this growth should not come at the expense of our local icons such as the Alexandria Hotel. This pub is a piece of local history. It's unique interior is a reminder of the old days of Sydney, demolishing this pub is erasing that part of our history. The Alexandria provides a common meeting place for the locals of the area. It's part of our community and provides some real charm amongst all the stark apartment buildings going up all around. Don't destroy our connection with the past and don't take away our sense of community. It's a local icon and deserves to be preserved.

  24. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Sally Hawse commented

    This is sad. A lovely and historical pub and a good community hub. Alexandria is fast losing much of its charm to become another bland suburb. Are there no real alternatives that will enable this pub to remain?

  25. In Shailer Park QLD on “SP249272 Plan of Easement -...” at 25-27 Ronald Street Shailer Park QLD 4128:

    Gail Groszek commented

    Can you please advise what this 'plan of easement' means. The photo shows a house two down from my home in Oregon Drive, not in Ronald Street. Is there a plan to cut through from Oregon Drive to Ronald Street?

  26. In Armadale VIC on “Multi dwelling development...” at 74-76 Wattletree Road, Armadale, VIC:

    Clare Jones commented

    I am writing to object, in the strongest terms, to the proposed building project planned for 74-76 Wattletree Road, Armadale. Although I am not a resident of the immediate area anymore, the proposed development will impact me significantly. I lived at 14 Egerton Road, Armadale for 23 years, from 1979 onwards. My parents still own and live at this address, and I visit at least twice a week. It has become almost impossible to park at my parents house, and I often have to park halfway up the road and walk back to their house with my four kids. I have witnessed over the years, this quiet, forgotten little corner of the former City of Malvern, and subsequently City of Stonnington, transform into an over-congested street, that is used as a rat-run between Dandenong and Wattletree Roads. The congestion began years ago, when Michael Woods Orthodontist opened at 449 Dandenong Road. It has worsened over the years, with the construction of the multiple dwellings on a former single block at 19-23 Egerton Road being the latest project to significantly impact the residents and their visitors. I remember council rejected a proposed medical practice at 74 Wattletree Road a number of years back, mostly due to the concern of residents, with regards to the impact of parking on Egerton Road. As less than half of all residences on Egerton Road have access to off street parking, it follows that this street which is already at capacity with regards to parking availability, simply cannot cope with the added impact of the proposed development.
    With regard to the height of the proposed development, it is completely out of character with the street. We will look back on developments like the one proposed, with the same distain we afford to all the blocks of flats that line streets like Sutherland Road and Armadale Street - as the loss of character of one of "Marvellous Melbournes' original suburbs built on the back of the riches of 1880s gold and wool.

  27. In Camberwell VIC on “Construction of a three (3)...” at 35 Allambee Avenue Camberwell VIC 3124:

    Don McLean commented

    A building of this size is completely out of character with the streetscape of Allambee Avenue, and the amount of extra traffic this development will cause in a suburban residential street is beyond comprehension. The immediate neighbours must be horrified at the prospect of overlooking and the diminished enjoyment of their properties should this development be approved.

    There is no mention of on-site car parking proposals but this street cannot tolerate any increase in on-street parking.

    Please, do not even contemplate approving this application.

  28. In Melbourne VIC on “Packaged Liquor Licence” at 60 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000, VIC:

    m commented

    I think there are enough outlets selling liquor in the city already. I have a unit at the Flinders Street end near Elizabeth and there is a lot of premises who sell liquor and night clubs etc. attracting the drinkers to keep drinking in the laneways etc. especially the homeless etc. The older parts of the city need to maintain their heritage facades and become more friendly and safe place to wander for tourists and visitors to the city.
    I would NOT like to see any more liquor licences given.

  29. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    McLean family commented

    Strongly oppose this construction.
    The traffic in Schwebel Street is already impossible especially afternoons. Traffic jams often cause road rage. Hard to find places to pull over to allow for passing cars. More congestion in this area we do not need. Parking for us is already an issue. Family of 10 requiring parking for 4 - 5 cars. One resident permit allowed and adminsitered only.

  30. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Andrew Chuter commented

    This is a lovely building with a great history in a prominent location and should be preserved.

    Also this development includes a significant residential component which may have been appropriate if there were significant efforts by State Government to greatly increase public and active transport and other infrastructure in the area. But alas, there are none. On the contrary, with the plans for WestConnex proceeding, namely the longest underground tollroad system in the world, both federal and state government clearly have no intention for Sydney to go down this path. The WestConnex project will encourage greater car dependency all over Sydney and will worsen the already hideous congestion in this area, making it increasingly unfavorable for residential development. Until such time as WestConnex is cancelled this development can not be allowed to proceed. Clearly the priorities of the State Government and the WestConnex Delivery Authority are in conflict with the developer.

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