06 June 2019
It was only last week in this place that I conveyed the Sandringham district community’s great surprise and concern that the Minister for Planning decided to rezone the former Highett gas and fuel land as residential growth zone schedule 2.
As noted, this will allow for the construction of 26-metre-high apartment towers, denying residents the open, recreational and environmental spaces, sporting fields and commuter car parking spaces that they so desperately need.
Whilst the minister’s silence may loudly speak to this government’s disregard for local communities, the responses I have received from local constituents in the course of just one week are simply deafening.
In just one week more than 700 locals have signed a petition saying that they want this land to be reserved for community use.
I am also looking forward to hosting the shadow minister for planning and heritage, the member for Kew, at a community forum relating to this matter in coming weeks.
At this meeting the Sandringham district community will determine how we can best protect this rich community asset and convince the Andrews Labor government to do the right thing by Highett.
The Andrews government may hope to pay down its towering debt with towering apartment blocks, but my community will not rest until this government understands that Highett wants a future that is high quality and not high density.