7th December 2009

St Kilda Triangle shopping complex and nightclub precinct development has been stopped!

Tonight, the Mayor of Port Phillip announced an in-principle agreement with Triangle developer, BBC Triangle Investments Pty Ltd, to terminate the Development Agreement for the St Kilda Triangle.

The City of Port Phillip will pay the developer $5million over three financial years. Whilst this is not a small amount, it is reasonable given that the ongoing saga would have continued to drain money from the community and from Council at each stage of the planning and building permit process. Council has made a sensible decision to cut further losses.

The commercial settlement means the foreshore crown land reverts back to the people and gives us a fresh opportunity to imagine and deliver a visionary seaside fun precinct for the St Kilda foreshore.

The deal also secures the immediate future and maintenance of the heritage Palais Theatre, with the granting of a five-year lease to Palais Theatre Management Pty Ltd.

It's a tremendous win for community activism. Congratulations everyone. Your support has made this possible.

And a special thanks to the new Port Phillip Council, who vigorously negotiated the best possible outcome for the community - as promised.

Join us
Join us at the Council meeting next Monday 14th December to witness Council formally vote on the termination of the Development Agreement.

Monday 14 December 2009
South Melbourne Town Hall
Banks Street
South Melbourne

It will be an historic meeting.

December 2009

VCAT refuses Triangle developer's cost application against unChain St Kilda
BBC Triangle Investments attempt to recover its legal costs has failed.  See the VCAT judgement.
VCAT dismissed the Triangle developer’s claims that unChain St Kilda Inc had brought the application frivolously or vexatiously and that the action had materially or unnecessarily disadvantaged BBC.

VCAT has recognised that, within a context where

  • "the planning scheme contained provisions relevant to the project and development plan approval that comprise 'weasel words' uncertain of specific outcome, open to different interpretations, or capable of being weighted or balanced in different ways";
  • "the St Kilda Triangle Development Plan approval process represented the last opportunity for significant community input"; and
  • "alleged irregularities with the Council approval process had been aired publicly"

unChain St Kilda Inc brought the action in good faith to protect the rights of ordinary citizens.

VCAT acknowledged that we challenged the controversial Triangle Development Plan decision to ensure a valid process had been followed "in circumstances where there were at least some grounds for believing otherwise".

In refusing the developer's cost application, VCAT has upheld the ability of ordinary citizens to protect their rights against more powerful interests by bringing high level planning disputes before the Tribunal, without undue fear of costs.

Special thanks to our legal team - Senior Counsel Michelle Quigley, barrister Jason Kane, and solicitors Anton Dunhill and Andrew Blogg from Aitken Partners - for their considered advice and highly professional presentation. VCAT acknowledged "the grounds were carefully crafted and argued by counsel within established administrative law principles" and recognised that whilst some grounds were manifestly weaker than others, none were "so weak as to be considered hopeless, untenable or unarguable".

Special thanks to everyone who pitched in to help us fund both VCAT hearings. We've paid all our legal bills and are ready to move to the next phase of the Triangle fight.

August 2009

On 12 August 2009 the Ombudsman released a report on his investigation into the City of Port Phillip, covering the period 2003 to 2008. The report reveals poor conduct and practices in relation to procurement and failure to demonstrate transparency, honesty and probity in decision-making. Respondents provide insight into an organization more interested in outcome than process and a culture of secrecy and intimidation.

Three investigations are the subject of this report, two of which arose from public interest disclosures made under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001. The allegations leading to these two inquiries surfaced, no doubt, because the publicity generated by unChain St Kilda around the Triangle process focussed the spotlight on the workings of Council, giving 'whistleblowers' courage to disclose questionable practices to the press, in the first instance.

  1. The article Costly magical spell cast on Port Phillip Council (The Age, 19 May 2008) revealed a culture of fear, low staff morale, break down of communications at the most senior levels, and lack of due process in tendering for consultants, following a $600,000 organisational restructure by a self-styled 'white witch'.
  2. The articles Council worker on payroll (The Age, 25 July 2008) and Council manager's fraud conviction (The Age, 26 July 2008), alleged that a CoPP contractor was alerting favoured suppliers to quotes submitted by competitors and was on the payroll of another.
  3. The third investigation was initiated by the Ombudsman, on his own motion under section 14 of the Ombudsman Act 1973. He writes that "during the course of my investigations into the disclosures outlined above, I identified a number of areas of concern relating to various contract and tender processes at City of Port Phillip. I made the decision to conduct a separate investigation into procurement at City of Port Phillip."

The Ombudsman's findings vindicate the decision by the citizens of Port Phillip, in November 2008, to throw out the incumbents, and elect a new Council to revive good governance in the city. Many of the Ombudsman's recommendations are already in place as initiatives of the new regime.

The Ombudsman's findings also justify community concerns about the probity of the Triangle process. Though not the subject of the current report, the secret Triangle tender process and the subsequent approval of the winner's controversial development plan took place at the same time, under the same protagonists. It is hard to imagine that the Triangle remained immune to the flaws identified by the Ombudsman - poor procurement and contract management processes; failure of governance; conflict of interest; and staff misconduct.

The Triangle process is the subject of a separate inquiry, referred by the Legislative Council, following the recommendation of its Select Committee on Public Land Development that the Victorian Ombudsman investigates the probity of the development processes followed in the St Kilda Triangle development by the State Government and Port Phillip Council.

The release of the findings of this investigation, sometime later this year, could point the way to a different outcome for the Triangle.

July 2009

Developer applies to have costs at VCAT awarded against unChain St Kilda Inc

The developer's application, lodged in July 2009, challenges one of VCAT's key philosophies... "The Tribunal, as the planning tribunal in Victoria, is intended to be accessible to the citizens of the State, and they should not be frightened off from making use of the Tribunal by fear that orders might be made against them for costs, at any rate where they have behaved in a reasonable and bona fide fashion’. (Sinclair v Greater Geelong CC (2004) VCAT 588).

This is now an issue of concern to all Victorians:  Will VCAT allow the threat of costs against resident groups and councils to deter citizens from participating in decisions about their future?

unChain St Kilda is mounting a legal defence to ensure  these fundamental citizens' rights are not eroded by vexatious developers.  This time the legal fight is not just about the Triangle; it is about the democratic rights of all Victorians to participate vigorously in planning decisions.  

  • Write to your local MP to protest the direction planning is taking in Victoria - with more power and support for developers and the marginalisation, if not outright destruction, of the community's voice.

May 2009

VCAT Case Analysis...
The Environmental law Online web site provides an analysis on our VCAT case and why it failed.

18th May 2009 - VCAT Judgement handed down...
Our legal challenge to the Triangle proposal has been lost. Our case was brought against the Port Phillip Council, which had approved the Plan in August 2008.  The developer, Babcock Brown Citta, was permitted to join the action.

Our VCAT application is only one step in the process - so even though the action has been lost, the judgement points a way forward.

The VCAT decision made it clear that the concerns raised by the community should be considered by the Council at the next stage: of issuing planning permits. The Developer, in its submissions to VCAT, agreed with this proposition.

Therefore there is still a significant opportunity for the Council, in response to its community, to improve the Triangle development through the planning permit process and the Liquor licensing requirements.

Thus we will not be challenging the decision, and as far as unChain St Kilda is concerned the legal challenge ends with the VCAT decision.

The next steps are:

  1. The Planning and Liquor permits
  2. The FOI application for full disclosure of the Development Agreement
  3. The Ombudsman’s inquiry into the tendering process for the St Kilda Triangle.

Read the judgement and unChain's response.

February 2009

VCAT Hearing
Our legal challenge to the Triangle proposal was heard at VCAT from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February. The decision was reserved and we expect it to be handed down in six to twelve weeks. The case was brought against the Port Phillip Council, which had approved the Development Plan in August 2008. The developer, a consortium of Babcock and Brown and its subsidiary, Citta Properties, was permitted to join the action. Our legal team consisted of Michelle Quigley SC and Jason Kane with Aitkins as our solicitors.

Read the submission by our team and the submissions by the lawyers for the Council and the developer.

A summary of our legal challenges - VCAT, FOI - and the Ombudsman's inquiry is also available.

Declarations shows grass roots funds toppled Council
unChain St Kilda has lodged its declaration of the cost of its unChain Port Phillip election campaign, with the City of Port Phillip Chief Executive Officer. We have gone well beyond our legal obligation and opened our fundraising efforts to public scrutiny. The declaration puts to rest lingering doubts that unChain St Kilda was funded by failed Triangle bidders or unscrupulous developers. To the contrary, it shows the depth of grass roots commitment to the campaign, following the February 2008 decision by Council to approve the Triangle development plan. By far the biggest, single source of funding , close to $80,000, came from the sale of works donated by local artists Mirka Mora and Greg Irvine. Fundraising events, such as St Kilda Tuesday Flicks, and sales of merchandise, such as wine, contributed over $40,000, while memberships and individual donations, including those from unChain Port Phillip candidates, total $58,000.

In the hotly contested election, we spent just over $69,000 and received some $9,000 worth of in-kind services, to support its five candidates. The rest has gone towards our legal challenge.
We now hope to raise a further $123,000 towards the legal challenge, from the sales of a new limited edition print by Mirka Mora and some remaining Greg Irvine prints.

View our Summary of Finances.

January 2009

21 January 2009 - Council CEO resigns
On 21 January, Port Phillip Councillors accepted the resignation of the city's CEO, David Spokes. Mr Spokes was a key driver of the St Kilda Triangle development. As Chairman of the St Kilda Edge Committee, he steered a secretive tender process for the St Kilda Triangle that resulted in an outcome which bore little resemblance to the community's expressed vision and expectations. As CEO he oversaw a Development Plan approval process for the Triangle that failed to reflect the advice of independent consultants, the submissions of thousands of citizens, and the key objectives of the planning guidelines. His administration's handling of the St Kilda Triangle development has been the subject of a parliamentary committee inquiry (which referred the matter of the Triangle tender to the Ombudsman) and his administration's handling of other tender contracts is being investigated by the Ombudsman.

One of the key promises of the unChain Port Phillip election campaign was an immediate review of the CEO's performance. With today's resignation, it is clear that things are certainly moving quickly under the new Council.

It's a great outcome for the citizens of this City. The community had lost confidence in the CEO's management style and we are glad he has recognised this and chosen a non-adversarial path.

We look forward to a new era of local government in Port Philip. It's a diverse, progressive community and deserves a CEO who embraces genuine rapport with residents and traders, and who can return open, accountable governance to the City's administration.

We anticipate applicants for the job will have a strong understanding of, and respect for, serving elected representatives and their communities as well as a commitment to instill a customer service culture amongst staff. We have every confidence in the new Council to get it right.

VCAT hearing starts 9th February
The long promised legal challenge to the St Kilda Triangle starts next month. The essence of our case is that the retail intensive proposal, with its obstruction of views from the Upper Esplanade, does not comply with the council's own planning scheme and the project's urban design framework. The Council is required to follow proper process in approving all developments. Under the circumstances, an administrative review by VCAT of the previous Council's decision is the appropriate course of action - and the most likely, if successful, to force a new outcome for the St Kilda Triangle. Note that this is different to a third party challenge to a development decision, a right taken away from us, forcing us into a more expensive course of action.

December 2008

Next Steps
We expect that a review of the terms of the secret Triangle Development Agreement will give our new Councillors a better idea of the Council's and the developer's obligations, commitments and risks, albeit confidential. unChain St Kilda will still pursue its FOI application for the development agreements public release.

The current crisis in the financial market will certainly have an influence as the major shareholder of the developer, Babcock and Brown, struggles to stay afloat.

Last week, the Legislative Council asked the Ombudsman to investigate the St Kilda Triangle development, following a parliamentary committee's inquiry into the State Government's handling of public land development. It is the first time the government watchdog has had such a referral from the Upper House. This was the course of action recommended in unChain St Kilda's submissions to the parliamentary committee.

Finally, there is unChain St Kilda's legal challenge, due to be heard in February.

unChain Port Phillip will continue to independently serve the interests of the residents and businesses of Port Philip. We will support our elected Councillors to provide open and accountable local government for the benefit of all residents and ratepayers and deliver the Action Plans outlined at www.unchainportphillip.com

unChain St Kilda will continue its role as a leader in the fight against the Triangle. It will oversee the legal challenge and continue to raise funds as necessary to meet legal costs. Serge Thomann has resigned as President of unChain St Kilda to take up his Councillor duties. The executive committee will select his replacement in the next couple of weeks.

November 2008

Elections - congratulations to unChain's two new Councillors
As promised, unChain St Kilda supporters across Port Phillip contested the Council under the expanded banner of unChain Port Philip.

unChain Port Phillip's entry into the election changed the landscape dramatically - delivering a great outcome for a new Council, a new team and the opportunity for a new direction, not the least being good governance. The incumbent Councillors, who stopped listening to their local communities, and who wasted our rates on grand projects, were defeated. Only one remains. Their departure ensures the return of people's right to an opinion without fearing intimidation or vitriol from its elected representatives, as we saw under the last term.

unChained from State Government's control of the agenda, the new Council has an opportunity to govern for the benefit of local residents and traders (not politicians) on a range of issues. But it also brings us closer to a better outcome for the Triangle, with the ousting of its key supporters on Council - Janet Cribbes, Dick Gross, and Peter Logan.

Congratulations to unChain Port Phillip Councillors Serge Thomann and Jane Touzeau - visit www.unchainportphillip.com for more information.

Triangle secret deal closer to being outed
Finally, we've made an in-road into the various Freedom of Information Applications before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Last Friday (7 November), the sitting member ordered the City of Port Phillip to release a redacted Triangle Site Development Agreement (believed to be 2000 pages) to Serge Thomann, President of unChain St Kilda, by no later than Monday 17 November. Once Serge has it, we can make it public.

The secret Triangle site Development Agreement, signed in May 2007, is between, we believe, the City of Port Phillip, the State Government, and winning tender consortium (comprising financier Babcock and Brown and Sydney property developer, Citta). Serge applied under the Freedom of Information laws for its release, when Council adamantly refused to even make public the non commercial-in-confidence clauses, as promised.

After nearly one year of pressing our rights under the Freedom of Information Legislation, we will be able to judge for ourselves the basis of the Agreement with a view to understanding why Councillors were so keen to push through the Triangle development plan approval at all costs. Finally the community will have a chance to find out what commitments were made to the private sector regarding the leasing, maintenance, management and development of this prime public land site. It should also shed light on whether there is any substance to the Mayor's threat that ratepayers could be liable for $48 million if the development does not proceed as proposed, even under a new Council.

September 2008

Public Land Inquiry blasts the management of the St Kilda Triangle public land development
The final report of the Select Committee on Public Land Development, released 11 September 2008, outlines government mismanagement of a number of key sites where public land is being developed in the face of community opposition.  In relation to the St Kilda Triangle development, the committee found there is considerable basis for community concerns with respect to inappropriate use of valuable public land and has recommended  the Victorian Ombudsman investigate the probity of the development processes that were followed in the St Kilda Triangle development by the State Government and Port Phillip Council.
View the final report (refer to pages 123-131) 

Legal challenge underway
unChain St Kilda has launched legal action against Port Phillip Council.  The essence of our case is that the retail intensive proposal, with its obstruction of views from the Upper Esplanade, does not comply with the council's own planning scheme and the project's urban design framework.   

We did not launch this case lightly nor maliciously as the Mayor would like people to believe. The Council is required to follow proper process in approving all developments. In the case of The St Kilda Triangle, our lawyers  and one of Melbourne's leading planners advise that the Council's decision did not meet the relevant planning requirements. Under the circumstances, a review by VCAT under section 149B of the Planning and Environment Act is the appropriate course of action.   

August 2008

City of Port Phillip signs Triangle go-ahead
Council released the approved Triangle plans on the CoPP website on Monday morning, 11 August 2008.

It is a development that can be achieved only at great cost.

To achieve its vision, the Council has trashed its planning guidelines, deeply compromised good governance and alienated its own citizens. It has become engulfed by a culture of secrecy and suspicion, and has signed a secret Development Agreement with the developer and the State Government that has never been released to the public.

It has failed to deliver on the Mayor's promise, made in her open letter to the citizens of Port Phillip in February,  that retail space would be cut significantly to a maximum of 19,000 sqm. The endorsed plan shows total retail use, including supermarket, market, post office, banks, travel agencies and fashion stores to be 22,350 sqm, while a further 2,000 sqm has been reclassified for 'offices'.

The Development Plan for the Triangle represents a vision that is outmoded and badly outdated. This plan is not about revitalising St Kilda, it is about condemning a unique part of Melbourne to a development model rooted in the 1970s.

Melbourne today must be about an emerging Age of Sustainability. But the Triangle plan is a dinosaur. It is a car dependent shopping complex, an alcohol dependent entertainment precinct, a huge development oblivious to climate change and its implications.

Despite the problems of Fitzroy and Acland Streets being unresolved, Council has approved a new licensed entertainment precinct (with some very large venues) that will have the capacity to turnover more than 12,000 patrons per night.

The massive shopping component aims to draw shoppers from across south-eastern Melbourne. No additional public transport is planned for the St Kilda foreshore. Indeed, the nightclubs and pub venues will close well after public transport has stopped running.

There has been no independent environmental assessment of the Triangle proposal. In a changing and vulnerable world this is a not just an oversight, it is a tragedy. We are getting development geared to short-term profit while the long-term consequences are ignored.

The Development Plan paves the way for unChain St Kilda to formalise its Supreme Court challenge and thus begin the legal battle for St Kilda.

July 2008

Another tendering scandal rocks the City of Port Phillip 
This time allegations that a contractor was alerting favoured suppliers to quotes submitted by competitors. Read more here and here.

For the first time on record the City of Port Phillip is under investigation by Police and State Government over two allegations of serious breaches of tender guidelines  (this one and the 'white witch' fiasco exposed in May), including potential fraud.  How did the Councillors allow this to happen?

June 2008

Final St Kilda Triangle plans lodged
BBC lodged the final development plan on Friday 13th June (interesting choice of date!). The Council officers are currently reviewing the plans and will release them to the public when approved. We will send out an email as soon as the plans are publicly viewable, and will post links on our site. Our team of lawyers and town planners will also get involved and our legal action will start.

Select Committee
The Select Committee has released an interim report. unChain St Kilda agrees with the conclusion of the report that "if the State Government had contributed funds for the restoration of the Palais Theatre, the scale and commercial focus of the proposed development could have be considerably reduced."

We also agree with the Committee that "the State Government should reassess its approach to this site and consider a solution involving a much reduced development footprint on this iconic piece of public land."

We strongly disagree with the Minority report written by the members of the Labor Party. We believe that the Committee has done an invaluable service to community groups concerned about the treatment of public land, by drawing attention to the process of commercialisation of these valuable State assets and challenging the Government's process. Not surprisingly Labor members objected.

For background, download our Submission to the Select Committee on Public Land Development, submitted on 5th March 2008.

May 2008

The Wizard and the White Witch of Clown Hall...The article Costly magical spell cast on Port Phillip Council (The Age, 19 May 2008) reveals how deeply the City of Port Phillip is suffering due to lack of clear leadership by its Councillors, and how costly this has been in human terms for employees and in dollar terms for ratepayers. We can only speculate why Councillors could not see and hear the culture of fear, the low staff morale, the break down of communications at the most senior levels, and the lack of due process in tendering for consultants. We can only wonder why they failed to act on legal advice to redress the excess of chief executive David Spokes... read more

Council PR machine in overdrive!
Age writer Julie Szego, friend of Cr Dick Gross and wife of sitting State Labor MP, Tony Lupton, has launched a tirade of abuse against people who speak out against the Triangle process and its outcome. The Age, in publishing this article, appears to believe it contributes a balanced view to the Triangle debate. What do you think? Read comments and post your own.

What's the real deal on the Triangle?
City of Port Phillip and the State Government have entered into a Development Agreement with developers Babcock & Brown and Citta (BBC) on your behalf. But they will not reveal the terms of the 99 year contract. We were unable to secure the release of the Development Agreement via Freedom of Information. Why the secrecy? What is really in the Development Agreement? Write to Councillors and the Premier and demand that they REVEAL THE DEAL.

March 2008

Triangle petition presented in parliament - Upper House parliamentary members Sue Pennicuik and Andrea Coote presented two petitiosn in parliament re the Triangle development, and made statements as to the key issues involved. Read the Legislative Assembly Hansard report. Thank you to those who signed, and to all who worked so hard to collect signatures.

Download our Submission to the Select Committee on Public Land Development, submitted on 5th March 2008.

Look again at the Triangle, says the Mayor - if you live in the City of Port Phillip you may have received a flyer from the Mayor inviting you to look again at the Triangle.

This comes at a time when there are no revised plans and the CEO is unable to tell a Parliamentary inquiry the actual size of the development. Furthermore there are no ground level perspectives available, making it impossible to consider how the development would affect pedestrians. The bird's eye views presented so far cleverly hide the bulk of the development, which is located under the so called 'grassy slopes' that actually slope upwards, not downwards, towards the bay.

We invite you to look again at the process that led to this outcome and at the impact this Crown land development will have on Melbourne's favourite seaside playground.

Yes, look again - our response to the Mayor's letter and some Q&As.

February 2008

Council meeting at St Kilda Town Hall - The auditorium was packed, the foyer was packed. People spoke passionately against the development. Developer BBC provided some comic relief with an amusing slide show of revised designs.

Councillors voted 4 to 2 to approve the commercialisation of Crown land in their custody - not to create a seaside playground in the tradition of Luna Park and the Palais, but to create a shopping mecca in the tradition of Chadstone. To do this they manipulated planning guidelines, dismissed independent advice, and marginalised the views of their citizens. View the minutes of this meeting.

Only two councillors had the courage to fearlessly use their power to reject a development that does not comply with all the key objectives of the planning guidelines. Judith Klepner and Karen Sait, we thank you for listening. We thank you for your willingness to hear our arguments. And we thank you for your considered decision.

The tacit support of the State Government to date raises concerns about the future of community consultation and feedback in planning decisions across Victoria.

What a lost opportunity for a truly landmark civic place.

Public March - Over 1,000 people, including local celebrities Rachel Griffiths, Jane Turner, Magda Szubanski, Brian Dawe and Dave Hughes, gathered at the Palais to see the formidable guillotine give the development plans the chop. Political activists Paul Watson, captain of anti-whaling vessel the Steve Irwin, and Rod Quantock sent us off on our march with words of inspiration and support. Many more people joined us on the way to the Town Hall, so that by the time we reached Brighton Road, the crowd had swelled to almost 2,000. Thank you to our local police for their escort and for their traffic stopping skill to get everyone safely across major roads. Some photos available here.

January 2008

Progress at the Negotiating Table Part 4
Our response to Council's economic and heritage reports were tabled. The results state that the development will compete "beyond the normal range of competition" with some retailers in the area, and that the Palais will be "buried".

petition signing Petitions underway
unChain St Kilda volunteers hit the streets of Port Phillip with petitions, postcards and pamphlets. From South Melbourne to Elwood, people are eagerly signing the petition to reject the revised Development Plan. Visitors to St Kilda are joining locals to say "No - this is not the St Kilda we want".
public meeting - crowd Public Meeting
Thank you for your show of support at the meeting on 21 Jan at Theatreworks in St Kilda.  Apologies to those supporters who couldn't get in because of overcrowding.

Our response to the Council's economic & heritage reports
Our independent Economic Review concludes the Triangle development will compete strongly with some parts of the retail offering of Acland Street and Fitzroy Street...  The scale of likely impacts will be beyond the normal range of competition. These are impacts that many businesses will not recover from and which will cause a loss of existing investment in public and private infrastructure.

Our independent Heritage Review concludes the scheme proposed has the effect of burying the Palais theatre and killing its stand alone quality and destroying the historic road pattern and the sense of the Upper and Lower Esplanades and their associated landscaping. Both these features should be being preserved not destroyed.

16 January 2008 - Progress at the Negotiating Table Part 3
Council's Economic and Community Impact Analysis, a progress report from the Design Review Committee regarding improvement of views to the Foreshore from the Upper Esplanade, and BBC's offer of minor adjustments to its Development Plan are now available on the CoPP website. Unfortunately, not much has changed... read more

7 January 2008 - Progress at the Negotiating Table Part 2
We entered these discussions anticipating to negotiate with our Councillors. However, Councillors have directed us to address our position and vision with the developer. They said that it was not up to them to negotiate with the developer... read more

3 January 2008 - Progress at the Negotiating Table Part 1
At the heart of the discussion is the independent consultants finding that the Development Plan (DP) does not meet the guidelines, which govern the planning and principal outcomes for the St Kilda Triangle crown land site... read more

13 December 2007 - Decision not good enough
More than 600 people voiced concern at the Statutory Planning Committee Meeting on Thurs 13th Dec. Our document The Way Forward outlines the resolution we put forward at this meeting. Yet Councillors are still not listening. Their weak response, to allow a period of only 6 weeks (over Christmas) to commisssion an economic report and 'look at' view lines, shows how determined they are to pass this massive development, albeit with minor tweaks around the edges. View the minutes of this meeting on the City of Port Phillip web site.

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