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  1. In Sydenham NSW on “To demolish the former...” at 24A Railway Road Sydenham NSW 2044:

    Scott MacArthur, Vice-President Marrickville Heritage Society. commented

    The Marrickville Heritage Society has consistently encouraged Council to preserve this Heritage Listed building. The building has housed religious institutions that have played important community building roles in Sydenham, and Council should be pursuing all options that could continue this tradition.
    The consecration of the former Methodist Church for the Coptic religious community in 1968 was the first outside of Egypt, providing a religious and community focus for an otherwise isolated migrant group. The recent upheavals in Syria will likely see an influx of Middle Eastern Christians that will strongly identify with the hopes of a safe future that the Church could symbolise, if it is retained.
    The Society understands that at least one self-funding artist and community group is very interested in occupying the building, and restoring it. Council should be actively supporting such initiatives.
    The Society is also seeking clarification of the future care and presentation of the war memorial fence and plaque. All Australian official commemorations and Memorials to the Missing are required to be maintained in perpetuity to established Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) standards.Responsibility for maintenance is divided between the CWGC and the Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG), depending upon the location and the conflict to which the grave, commemoration or Memorial to the Missing relates. Regional war memorials play a vital role as focal points for community commemoration. Saluting Their Service commemorations grants are, subject to eligibility requirements, available to assist with the restoration of war memorials or to build new memorials where none exist. We trust that, as owner of the building and its memorial, Council is aware of its responsibilities.

  2. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Kylee Bill commented

    I would like to echo all of the valid objections and comments made above in relation to the DA application for a massive child care business in Merivale Lane....... it is absolutely absurd that this application be given any serious consideration!

  3. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 6 Bourne Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Robynne hayward commented

    Has the council got a policy on this type of development, i.e. new buildings that are out of character with the neighbouring houses? I think haberfield council has one ... On the other hand, Melbourne is a good example of how to integrate different styles into a suburb in an interesting and stylish way- but in Sydney it's more likely to be a cheaply built and architecturally bland or ugly block overshadowing the original houses.

  4. In North Sydney NSW on “Change of use to hostel,...” at 31 West Street North Sydney NSW 2060:

    Amanda Laura Smith commented

    Please advise what type of hostel this will be ? And , how many people will be residing there ?

  5. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 6 Bourne Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Hugh reilly commented

    Again we object to a two storey dwelling on our street,
    No other two storey houses on this street and it would not fit in with the heritage of the street .

  6. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Graham Richardson commented

    Objection to the DA for a 150 person Child Care Centre
    We appeal to our councillors in regard to this application. It is inappropriate to place any childcare centre in this lane-way for many reasons.
    * This is a lane-way & is named as such. This means it is narrow. It also has no pedestrian pathway on either side of the road because of the narrowness of the space. Consequently there are issues regarding parking on the street for, trades & delivery vehicle to ingress & egress &, in particular, access for utilities such as refuse, recycling, street sweeping, communication, power & water services.
    * There is an over 50's apartment block next door which would be heavily impacted by the noise & activity around a busy amenity such as this child care centre. Residents would be impacted by comings & goings all day from early morning through to the night - at least 12 hours every week day.
    * Being a lane-way, there are safety issues along the whole lane with residents exiting their driveways. Many have to reverse out as it stands & so there is a serious safety issue in substantially increasing the traffic volume on a daily basis.
    * Although there will be off street parking provided on the site, it is impractical to think that this will be adequate to deal with the volume of drop off & pick up activity - there will simply not be enough spaces to cope, given that these spaces will be shared with staff & services traffic. Particularly at peak times, morning & afternoon/night. Many parents/caregivers will need to, or prefer to, park at the street level, which will necessitate blocking the lane way, causing frustration & inevitable altercations & accidents.
    * Safety; a key concern is the safety of children & adults. This large installation will bring many people into danger with the risk of injury, fatality & damage to property because of the congestion & high volume of traffic & noise in a confined environment.
    * The corner at Pentecost is a very dangerous traffic spot for turning vehicles in & out of the lane. Many vehicles currently run a gauntlet getting in & out of the intersection. Charlton is not much better. So the volume of traffic generated by this proposal will inevitably be the cause of harm to life & property. Please note that there is a blind spot with a crest in the road as well as another blind spot in turning into Merrivale Lane from Bukra.
    * We suggest that this is an inappropriate position for a child care centre in any event & we sincerely hope that our councillors take this into account. It is well known that, once the child care centre is developed, the operators will be able to apply for more spaces, increasing the capacity to more than the proposed 150. This would magnify the issue manifold.
    Please do not approve this DA under any circumstances. We ask that each councillor refer to their stance when asking to represent their constituents. We are not against child care centres, but this sets a precedent in installing such an intrusive installation right in the heart of a residential environment, which is nevertheless inappropriate for such an amenity.
    Thank you

  7. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Joseph Natoli commented


    I strongly object to the above application for development approval for the establishment of a 150 place child care centre at 117 and 119-121 Merrivale Lane.

    I refer to the Ku-ring-gai council Traffic and Transport plan 2011-2021 issued by Ku-ring-gai Council in September 2011 located at this link:

    This report identifies specifically the intersection of Pentecost Ave and Merrivale Rd (assumption of Merrivale Lane as a part of this intersection) as a Ranked Site for Traffic Management Works. (ranked 30 on page 15 resulting in 5 accidents over 2005-2009 and with a percentage score of 57%)

    My argument here is that if the council has previously deemed this specific intersection as a site for further traffic management with current traffic flow. It would be irresponsible for council to decide to approve a develompent to increase the traffic flow at that intersection having already identified it as a problem area. Not only that, they would be in direct contradition to previous assesment of this intersection if they deem it safe.

    This report also identifes Pentecost Avenue as a Collector road approaching Regional road in its function in the Councils road hierarchy on page 7. The independant traffic report done by Varga traffic planning attached to the DA states "Merrivale Lane, Buckra Street and Pentecost Avenue are local, unclassified roads which are primarily used to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to frontage properties." The judgement of the Varga Traffic Planing report on this intersection in this report is flawed in respect to perception of the road heirachy of Pentecost Avenue and therefore so are the results.

    My view is aligned with many of the local residents view that Merrivale Lane (and in concequence Buckra Street and the intersection of Merrivale Lane and Pentecost avenue) are not designed for such increased traffic flow that a development of this scale would demand. The lack of footpaths; The blind corner; crest in the road at the junction via Buckra; the narrow width (7.3meters) of the Lane, the impact if there is a build up of cars turning left onto Pentecost from either Merrivale Lane or Buckra Street; the inability to do a 3 point turn without the use of residents driveways; There are 3 such centres within 1 km of the proposed site; The Location does not comply with Councils Development Control Plan DCP57/3.1 Chapter Objectives/Preferred Locations for Child Care Centres; are all valid points of concern and not easily rectified considering proximity of house frontages to the Lane itself. Not only would it directly impact the safety of the residents of the local community it would also cause greater inconvienience to those using Pentecost Avenue in a regional road capacity thus causing build up of traffic through the adjoining roads (Bobbin Head Rd, Eastern Road, Mona Vale Rd). Council has already proven their concern about this intersection in the past and hence would be inplicated greatly if an accident or fatality were to occur because of negligence of these issues. Surely common sense would prevail in deniying this application. I encourage council to not approve DA0413/15

    Joseph Natoli

  8. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Janine Haefeli commented

    Dear Ku ring gai councillors,

    It is a sad day for the people on Merrivsle Lane and surrounding streets as this little area will take so much strain and be put into gridlock every day with at least 700 additional vehicle trips a day, mostly concentrated into peak periods in the morning and evening.

    Local Flora, Fauna and the Environment will be greatly impacted.

    • The massive scale of the proposal, 150 kids and across 4000M2. This is not designed for the immediate community, but to draw from a far wider area.
    • The site in a narrow suburban lane. There is not enough room for cars to pass each other in opposing directions when there is a vehicle parked on the kerb.
    • There are no footpaths near the proposed development, putting pedestrian traffic at risk.
    • The very dangerous intersection at the corner of Merrivale Lane and Pentecost Avenue.
    • The close proximity of a “Red bushfire zone” only a few house blocks.

    I hope that council takes these remarks into consideration and does not chase the dollar.

    Thank you
    Janine Harfeli

  9. In East Lindfield NSW on “Child care - change of use...” at 125 Tryon Road, East Lindfield, NSW:

    steve fantham commented

    although I recognise the need for more childcare facilities in the area. This location would create a dangerous and reckless extra traffic load on what is already a very dangerous area. I have lived and driven in the area for 16 years I use Tryon road every day. Friday evening rugby training for the juniors means an overload of out of area vehicles parking both sides of the road. Only 24 months ago a child road traffic victim had to be airlifted by care flight to Westmead hospital. The accident occurred within 150 metres of this location. Other evenings with older age groups training also add to the traffic load. Buses use this road every day. The location of this proposed facility needs to be reviewed.

  10. In East Lindfield NSW on “Child care - change of use...” at 125 Tryon Road, East Lindfield, NSW:

    Alex Guo commented

    I have a little daughter and am also looking for child care services. However knowing this area well enough I will definitely not send my precious little one to this proposed child care. The small house, with its compact back yard which is surrounded by other houses on 3 sides, with dogs and other garden noises so obvious, is simply a very bad place to turn into a child care centre. This area is NOT that desperate to have yet another childcare centre.
    When I walked my other children to the school in the morning, I have seen many times how close it is that the reversing vehicles from this house to hit the passing by cars on the busy Tryon Road. Small children are constantly warned about the danger whenever they need to walk pass the driveway of this house. There is clearly an accident waiting to happen. Making this place a centre for 36 children is irresponsible on safety to the locals.
    I don't oppose facility that benefits the community. However it needs to be appropriately planned and does not create more problem than it resolves. For those who support this application, I just want to say, we all need to be considerate to others don't we?

  11. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Hilary Rowell commented

    As a local resident I am very concerned about this application.

    Merrivale Lane is a quiet, very narrow residential LANE and can only cope with a small amount of traffic due to its width. There are huge safety implications in having such an enormous increase in the number of cars and trucks/vans. This increase of over 500% will destroy the community feeling of the area and put our children at great risk. The increase in traffic will also affect the areas wildlife, which is rich and varied, and put our native animals in danger.
    Parking in the lane can be difficult as its narrow and the increase in traffic will probably make it impassable at times. Having lived by a school before, I know first hand how inconsiderate people can be to local residents.

    The sheer size of the development is outrageous - 150 places is enormous for a childcare centre, and this makes the proposed site even more inappropriate. The visual privacy of the residents needs to be thought about, along with noise. It will destroy the character of the neighbourhood.

    To have this go ahead quite is unthinkable, it will change our quiet corner of Turramurra into a traffic nightmare.

  12. In East Lindfield NSW on “Child care - change of use...” at 125 Tryon Road, East Lindfield, NSW:

    Resident on Tryon Road commented

    I think this is an appalling idea. As a parent of Lindfield East Primary I already struggle to find somewhere to park my car to drop off and pick up from Before and After School Care often parking half a block down the road. The road is already very busy. This development would cause more stress to everybody in the area trying to get onto the main roads - Archbold and into Chatswood and further onto Pacific Highway. The traffic is already backed-up. Please don't add more stress to our mornings. This is a dangerous move, a hazard to have so many young children in such a short space from children going to school to before school care to this proposed daycare, there is sure to be an accident. We have enough daycare services close enough. I am a mother of three young children and we found childcare just fine.

    Heavily opposed.

  13. In Collingwood VIC on “Use and development of the...” at 60-66 Islington St Collingwood VIC 3066:

    Robert Young commented

    No reduction in car parking or loading bay.

  14. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Jenny Talbot commented

    I find this proposal absolutely horrifying and cannot believe that ANY council in their right mind with even a grain of consideration for their constituents, would consider in any serious way.

    If this development goes ahead, I am convinced it will only be because of the potential income it will mean to local government. There is no way that this tiny, narrow lane can sustain the traffic chaos that will ensue as a result. It's bad enough around much smaller day care centers.

    Plus, there is an 'Over 50s' property either next door or a few down - how on earth can anyone with half a brain, plan to build a daycare centre so close? Aren't there sufficient centres already available in the area?

    I don't live in the street nor in the suburb, but I'm interested in monitoring the honesty & integrity of Local Councils in general, so it will be worth watching how this council proceeds. The best interests of all the street's residents vs the greed of a spineless property developer (& possibly the local council). Who will win? Hmm, it will be intriguing to see the outcome of this David & Goliath battle.

  15. In Randwick NSW on “Section 96 modification of...” at Shop 16/99-105 Frenchmans Road Randwick NSW 2031:

    Dr Shane Hearn commented

    The current use of the common areas is very congested and dangerous to residents and the public at large. Any further use of the common area space would endanger the residents and the local community.

    Unless there are clear risk controls in place this would be an accident waiting to happen. The owners should have consulted residence and outlined the rational for the proposed expansion. Personally I have experienced numerous delays at all times during the day in getting to my carapace in the building this is due to trucks and pallets parked or stacked in the driveway. There is no system in place to manage the flow of traffic and deliveries to either the Bottle shop or this business, this is a constant battle that will only be increased if any proposal of this nature is granted. There is always a mess in the area, vegetables and cardboard boxes mostly, posing health hazards.

    Any size up would inconvenience all residence both in the building and beyond.

    I would strongly apposed this application and do not support this submission.

  16. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Madeline Thomson commented

    I too strongly oppose this planning application for all of the reasons outlined to date. Having recently fought (and lost) our own community battle with Council, however regarding high rise development plans for Orinoco St in Pymble (also a quiet, residential, dead end street with private lane way access) I can only hope that common sense will prevail in this case and the untenable proposal for Merrivale Lane will be overturned.

  17. In Newtown NSW on “A painted mural on the...” at 172 King Street Newtown NSW 2042:

    Luke Bacon commented

    I support more murals in Sydney. I hope this mural is either an abstract artistic expression or is related to the area in some way. I don't support more advertisements.

    I recently came back from Oakland where there are loads of murals that make you take notice of the built environment and even teach you something about local culture and heritage.

    The 'I have a dream' mural near Newtown Station is a great example.

    It would be helpful to have more information about the intention behind the application: is it an advertisement or an artwork else?

  18. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Mrs Miriam Jurgelat commented

    I am writing to object to the building of the new child care centre. I have lived in Charlton Street for 45 years and it has been a beautiful, quiet area. My objections are that it will increase our traffic and cause chaos in our streets. The entrance onto Pentecost Avenue is already dangerous and I feel that this will just make matters a lot worse.

    I am 82 and I am worried about the safety of this area. This will make driving down Merrivale Lane very much more difficult for me. It is already a problematic road to drive down as there often many cars parked there. We already have the added burden of traffic on Charlton Avenue that use our road to access the shops in Princes Street, this will make traffic so much busier.

    Please do not agree to this application.

  19. In Potts Point NSW on “First Empire Hotel - Liquor...” at 32 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point 2011:

    Sam commented

    Please stop killing the cross,
    Nothing wrong for giving approved
    We are in 2015 , we are in internationsl city not in cemetery

    We are the heart of sydney , people laughing at us , for our stupid lock out law
    out side Australia , really who put that law most stupid ever in history, or lets found what is the real issue behind it , not the violence,

  20. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Jacqui James commented

    I think this proposal would be a traffic nightmare. The road is narrow and unable to sustain the extra traffic this type of development would generate.

    There are enough childcare centres nearby and this is an inappropriate location for a centre.

  21. In Hervey Range QLD on “Material Change of Use -...” at 'Frogmoor', 124 Sanctuary Road, Hervey Range, QLD:

    Tony O'Connor commented

    I object to a free range chicken farming at Hervey Range the area of Sanctuary Road runs into 2 creeks and to successfully farm free range chickens you need to irrigate paddocks , the water table in this area is critical to many residents and if the water table was tapped for irrigation use it could upset the water supply to every property that relays on the underground supply.
    Will the operation be operated in strict accordance with the standards of the Australian Free Range Chicken Association, and will inspections be inline with the Associations Approval checklist?
    With the drought conditions that currently exist many hard questions need to be asked and answered before approval should be granted.
    Also with Hervey Range being a long term grazing area and 2 confirmed cases of Q-Fever in the area recently the eggs being produced will need to be stringently monitored.

  22. In Ultimo NSW on “Use public footway on...” at 2-6 Broadway Chippendale NSW 2008:

    Robert Pulie commented

    This stretch of Broadway, being so close to Central Station and the bus interchange is extremely busy with pedestrian traffic. There is no room for the chairs, tables and barricades on the footpath. I have frequently passed Bar Broadway when there are no patrons using these facilities and yet large crowds of pedestrians have to jostle for room to pass one another on the footpath. I have seen pedestrians risk the danger of walking onto the road as there is not enough room for people to pass one another.

    Outdoor seating along this section of Broadway is inappropriate. It is a busy road, the air is heavy with traffic fumes and it is unsurprising that patrons choose not to sit in such an environment. Halving the amount of room along such a busy footpath with barricades, especially when the chairs and tables cordoned off by them are empty or almost empty, makes no sense whatsoever. This proposal should be rejected.

  23. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Mark Finn commented


    We have been residents of Merrivale Lane for approximately eight years and for the whole time that we have been here Merrivale lane has been an inadequate Laneway at best.

    Unlike Merrivale Road, Merrivale Lane is an extremely narrow piece of roadway that is more often than not already clogged with parked cars, making it extremely difficult to navigate and dangerous to pedestrians because of the lack of footpaths down either side of the length of the lane and a lack of adequate nature strips along significant sections of the lane.

    To even consider a proposal for a child care centre catering for 150 children is completely ludicrous. Yet another example of a council with no common sense and no understanding of the area over which they are supposed to have detailed knowledge.

    Even child care centre with a significantly smaller number of Children would be inappropriate considering the amount of available space and the very restricted road access that already exists in the street. A large Childcare centre is simply a ridiculous notion and a proposal that should not have even been considered by Council in this location.

  24. In Kellyville NSW on “Three Lot subdivision,...” at Development Lot, York Road, Kellyville NSW 2155:

    Dong Wei commented

    Dear Hills Shire Council Officer,

    According to this new application, the building of 1C in Lot1 is in the east of my property, since building 1C has 3 to 4 storeies and it has balconies and windows which are exactly opposite to my property, I am afraid it will affect the privacy both for my house and backyard.

    So before you approve the application (576/2016/JP), please kindly assess the influence of privacy both for my building and backyard which is very important for us, thank you.

    Best regards,
    Dong Wei

  25. In South Yarra VIC on “Construction of a 7-8...” at 230 Toorak Road, South Yarra, VIC:

    Ros Inglis commented

    The proposal for a seven -eight story building with no car parking facilities will pose a significant problem.Car parking is at a premium already.In fact it is virtually impossible to obtain a park in Chambers Street already.The garbage collection bins will prove a hazard to pedestrians.The height of the building is in excess of all surrounding buildings and is not in keeping with the residential area.

  26. In Cremorne VIC on “Amendment to condition 4 to...” at 57-61 Swan St Richmond VIC 3121:

    Belinda Ashton commented

    The application for a 3am licence is not appropriate for the (increasingly) residential area of Cremorne/Richmond.

    The amenity of residents in surrounding streets should be protected. 1am is sufficiently late to be awoken by intoxicated patrons. 3am is too late.

    An increase in patron numbers is also unwarranted. The antisocial behaviour of patrons currently leaving snd arriving from the venue that is applying for this permit needs to be scrutinised at the current capscity.

    Taxi ranks and more policing need to be considered before extending patronage. The area has a serious problem getting intoxicated patrons of our roads and streets. Fighting, smashing bottles and with no late night public transport after 12.30pm.

    I strongly oppose this application.

  27. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Louise Florance commented

    I strongly object to the proposal for development of a large child care centre with in the residential area of Merrivale Lane.

    The increase in traffic flow that this centre will bring will only add to the risk of accidents occurring at the potentially fatal corner of Pentecost Ave and Merrivale Lane. Not to mention how congested the street will become, a further risk for both residents and potential clients of the centre.

    Child care centres are a necessity within communities today however there are already 12 centres within a short distance of Merrivale Lane and many more within a slightly broader distance. The need for such a large scale centre within a quiet narrow lane is non existent. It is a money hungry venture that simply does not make sense.

    I implore that the council has enough sense to know the difference between necessity and greed!

  28. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Kate Lindsay commented

    This is an inappropriate site for a huge childcare centre. It is a residential area and a narrow street with limited access. Traffic will be a HUGE problem. This should be sited away from homes due to noise and traffic. The street is unable to be widened and 2 cars cannot pass if there are cars parked. Please do not allow this development to go ahead.

  29. In Petersham NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 27 Gordon Street Petersham NSW 2049:

    James Anderson commented

    Six stories is too high. It's also a bad design for the location. Balconies over a busy road where traffic is constantly backed up at the lights, pumping out exhaust fumes. Did the architect even visit the site?

  30. In East Toowoomba QLD on “Reconfigure 1 into 2 Lots” at 53 Campbell Street East Toowoomba QLD 4350:

    Clare McConnel commented

    Has this already been approved? The owners have already built a large fence to subdivide their backyard, which results in an existing character house with a tiny backyard, and a very small new block which will most likely need to be either a two-storey house or duplex as the land is so small.

    This is not appropriate infill for this area. Tiny subdivisions are going to produce houses/units/duplexes totally out of keeping with the character of the area.

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