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Warrandyte residents petition Manningham council to oppose petrol station at VCAT

WARRANDYTE residents turned out in force to petition Manningham City Council in opposition to the construction of the proposed petrol station near the roundabout in Yarra Street.

The submitters meeting at council offices was attended by the three Mullum Mullum ward councillors, mayor Cr Paul McLeish, Cr Meg Downie and Cr Sophie Galbally, and Cr Dot Haynes.

Dick Davies presented on behalf of the WCA, and Grant Waldram and Maurice Burley on behalf of the Warrandyte Character Protection Group. Several residents also presented a case against what they believe to be “inappropriate development”.

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WCA president Mr Davies

Residents made a case suggesting the development would be a first in what is supposed to be a Neighbourhood Residential Zone, that it would completely marr the ‘Gateway to Warrandyte’ aspect at the roundabout, that it could not be considered part of the West End complex, that disturbance as a result of all night access would be a problem, that bushfire and water contamination risks were exacerbated and many other concerns. WCA called on council to strongly oppose the appeal to VCAT with legal counsel and expert witnesses.

The developer declined to attend the submitters meeting and has appealed directly to VCAT.

The VCAT hearing is on October 19 and will last five days. At the request of the WCA, VCAT has ordered the proponent to produce new plans by August 14 allowing all parties two months to review the new plans before the hearing.

The WCA submission reads:

WCA Submission to the MCC submitters hearing

Officers report on 1,3,5 yarra street (pl13/023819)

The Warrandyte Community Association has a mandate from its membership to:

  • Promote all aspects of community life in Warrandyte
  • Defend the character and heritage of the Township, and
  • Protect the environment and encourage restoration and regeneration of native flora and fauna.

Our feedback over the years is that any new development should preserve this character and feel of Warrandyte.

Consequently, WCA has adopted the view that any large development, such as a fuel outlet, must blend in with the heritage character and environmental aspects of the Township. It is our view that the current proposal for a petrol station at 1,3,5 Yarra Street does not meet these criteria. While some might want a service station in Warrandyte, it is impossible to drive more than 10 minutes without finding one – some of which operate 7 x 24.

The WCA is one of 68 local objectors to this proposal. We oppose the current plan on the grounds of Traffic management, Visual amenity, Heritage streetscape, Loss of roadside vegetation and Environmental concerns.

Specifically these are:

  • As detailed in the Council Officers’ report, the proposal is inconsistent with Council’s planning scheme and neighbourhood character provisions. The scale and intensity of the proposal is an overdevelopment of the site from many perspectives.
  • By any reasonable judgement, the proposal fails to satisfy Clause 52.15 of the planning scheme, which states that: “The amenity of the locality must not be adversely affected by activity on site, the appearance of any building, works, or materials, emissions from the premises or in any other way.” There is no way that the proposal can come close to meeting this criterion.
  • Neighbourhood Residential Zone is the most restrictive of the Government’s three residential zones. There are no service stations in other NRZ. This would be the first , making a mockery of the purpose of the NRZ, which is —“to manage and ensure that development respects identified neighbourhood character, heritage, environmental or landscape characteristics”.
  • The Design and Development Overlay 3 (DDO3) adds another layer to the NRZ. The proposal appears to be in direct contravention of the objectives of the overlay.

(which seeks to ensure that:

  1. development responds to the area’s environmental characteristics;
  2. development recognises the existing infrastructure capacities and does not generate demand for extensive upgrades of infrastructure, including the standard of roads and drainage;
  3. development responds to the area’s environmental characteristics, including topography, soils and vegetation;
  4. development is sympathetic to the existing built form and style and retains the predominance of single detached housing and discourages other forms of works.)
  • No other businesses operate 24 x 7 in Warrandyte. The lights, traffic noise and disturbance would be unreasonable in a residential zone. The presence of a 7 x 24 convenience store (that could easily morph into a fast food outlet) would significantly change the character and ‘Country Town’ feel.
  • Furthermore, there is the potential for contamination in the flood zone.
  • Also there will be additional traffic impacts on an area already suffering significant congestion.
  • Removal of six large mature yellow box gumtrees contradicts the objectives and guidelines in the planning scheme for this area.

We note that the applicant has decided to bypass appropriate Council procedures with a direct appeal to VCAT, with changes that may appeal to the referral authorities, rather than amend the application to address the issues raised by Council Officers. At the request of the WCA, VCAT has ordered the proponent to produce new plans by August 14th allowing two months to review the new plans before the hearing.

We support the Manningham Council Officers Report (PL 13/023819) which proposes that Council oppose the application to VCAT. We urge Council to vigorously oppose this application and dedicate significant resources to fight it, including, but not limited to:

  • An experienced planning lawyer with a track record of defeating inappropriate developments at VCAT, and
  • Expert witnesses as recommended by the planning solicitor.

If this proposal were to be built, the character of Warrandyte, a resource not just for the residents but all of Melbourne, would be significantly and detrimentally affected.

We thank you for your time in consideration of this matter.

Dick Davies, President, Warrandyte Community Association Inc.

 

Burglary at Ruby Tuesday

THIEVES smashed their way into Ruby Tuesday and have stolen items and caused damage estimated at $10,000 after what is being described as a brazen early morning attack on Saturday.

At 6.45am it is believed three men wearing headlamps and driving a medium sized hatchback dark in colour, similar to a Mazda 3 shape car, used some sort of hammer or sledgehammer to break into the popular jewellery store on Melbourne Hill Rd.

A security camera in the top left hand corner on the exterior of the premises captured the incident on film and a passerby witnessed the men breaking in through the front door. At the time the Diary went to print no arrests had been made and the security camera footage hadn’t been viewed.

Cabinets were left shattered
and some jewellery remained, including gold items. Fortunately thieves didn’t rob the safe, nor did they enter the workshop
area, according to Ruby Tuesday owners Terry Rafferty and Anita Sigmund who believe the robbery must have been “a smash-and- grab” incident. “They haven’t taken the most expensive things, it seems, and they were obviously in a hurry.”

Crime investigation squad members from Box Hill were at the scene on Saturday morning taking fingerprints and looking for other clues.

A post about the robbery on
the Diary Facebook page reached almost 10,000 people in social media and drew about 50 comments from locals who were appalled by the robbery to one of our favourite business houses.

Things to do these school holidays in Warrandyte and surrounds

Stuck for ideas these school holidays? We’ve put our heads together in the Diary office and also asked friends of our Warrandyte Diary Facebook page  to help us come up with these beaut suggestions.

Bounce into action

Are your kids bouncing off the walls at home? Well why don’t you take them somewhere where bouncing is actually encouraged and loads of fun! Bounce is a massive indoor trampoline park with more than 50 trampolines and giant airbags with slam dunk arenas, wall running and dodgeball courts rolled in. The kids will never got bored here and there is a café so you can chill out while the kids go wild. Or you can jump into the action too. Bounce is at 22 Joseph St, Blackburn North.

More: bounceinc.com.au/locations/blackburn-north

Go to the movies

Want something a little bit more relaxing? Croydon Cinemas is just around the corner! I know what you’re thinking: “I would love to take my kids to the movies but they’re so expensive.” Well, not any more! Croydon Cinemas tickets are really affordable – children’s tickets are $9.50 and adults just $12.50. There are heaps of great movies to see including Minions, Inside Out and if you’re kids are a bit older, Jurassic World. Croydon Cinemas are located at 1,3-5 Hewish Road, Croydon.

More: www.croydoncinemas.com.au

Load up on lollies

Of course you can’t watch movies without some yummy snacks, so head over to see Francesca and the team at Warrandyte Lollies and Treats for the most delicious confectionery that all kids will love. She has great sweets from all around the world including Hersheys and Ben & Jerry’s from America, Speculaas and Syrup Wafers from the Netherlands, Walnut Whips and English Cadbury from England, Quavers and Monster Muches from Scotland, and don’t forget the good old Aussie treats such as Sherbert Fountains, Liquorice Logs, and Timeless Drops from Sovereign Hill. They have an unlimited selection over at 207 Yarra Street, Warrandyte. How could you ever just drive past, especially with hungry kids in the back seat!

More: www.warrandytelolliesandtreats.com.au

Jump on a horse

If your kids are animal lovers, and in particular horse lovers, then we have two fantastic suggestions. Head to the Ponyland Equestrian Centre for an amazing horse riding experience where you can ride in a group through the beautiful native bush with experienced leaders – your kids will never get lost or bored. These horses are as tame as they come and they love people, especially kids. Ponyland Equestrian Centre is at 35 Osborne Road, Christmas Hills (make sure to pack the carrots and apples!).  Otherwise, Tandivale Equestrian Centre and Pony Club Holiday Program in South Warrandyte is going to be a big hit over the next fortnight. Even if your kids have never ridden a horse and they just want to have a go, the school holiday program at Tandivale covers it all. Your kids will learn the basic skills they need to groom, saddle and ride their own horse or pony for the day. The day runs from 9am to 4pm with a BBQ lunch provided. Give your children an experience they will remember these holidays at 88 Johansons Road, Warrandyte. Karen Paine and Marnie Kruyer sent Tandivale’s School Holiday Program into us over Facebook. Thanks for the great suggestion!

More: www.tandivale.com/holidayprogram.htm or www.yellowpages.com.au/vic/christmas-hills/ponyland-equestrian-centre-13672134-listing.html

Go 10 pin bowling

If you’re feeling like a little bit of competition these holidays then you should head over to AMF 10 Pin Bowling and challenge your kids in a game of this great activity that everyone in the family will love. They are running a special offer for these school holidays:  two games of bowling or laser PLUS 5 arcade tokens, shoe hire and a $5 return game pass for only $19.90 per person. What better time to head over to the Forest Hill complex or the Knox complex, so get striking! Thanks to Sheya Atherton who made this great suggestion and many others on our Facebook page. Check them out at our Facebook page

More: www.amfbowling.com.au

Head for the Dark Zone

Are your kids more into the athletic, skill and teamwork sort of activities? Then you should be in your car heading to Box Hill for games of Laser Tag at Dark Zone! Dark Zone is one of the only Laser Tag centres in Australia to offer the latest Helios Pro Laser Tag technology as well as having the biggest and best multi-level arena in Australia. Dark Zone offers the best variety of deals for all groups from kids events and birthday parties to corporate events and overnight lock-in. They also have many deals for these holidays. Head to 942-946 Whitehorse Road in Box Hill for a crazy, fun time.

More: www.darkzone.com.au/beta

Visit chocolate heaven!

Are you and your kids chocoholics? Then Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is definitely for you! Enjoy free delicious chocolate tastings and watch some of their European chocolatiers create over 250 of their incredible chocolates. They also have a range of ice creams for you to taste and enjoy. If the kids are getting a bit tired then scoot over to their café where they specialise in amazing sweets. Once the kids have fueled up on chocolate then they can run around and play on the beautiful lawns and gardens. What’s not to love about a place where the kids are entertained and you get to indulge in chocolate? NOTHING! So get in your car and head over to 35 Old Healesville Road (Cnr Melba Highway), Yarra Glen.

More: www.yvci.com.au

Spin those wheels in a Go Kart

Those looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, and you’re willing drive a bit further, should set your GPS sights on 55 Waterview Close, Dandenong South to experience Le Mans Go Karts Melbourne. With more than 23 acres and four massive tracks you’re bound to have a great day! Le Mans Go Karts provide you with all the safety equipment you need so don’t worry if you don’t do this often, you’ll be safe. With great prices and ultimate experiences, everyone in your family will love a day out at the track.

More: www.lemansgokarts.com.au

Get ready to be splattered with paint

Looking for a bit of fun with your kids where you can shoot them? Then Melbourne Indoor Paintball is the place to go. But don’t worry, it’s all in the name of good fun. Even though the drive is a little long, the experience and fun is totally worth it. The address is 25 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne, and just five minutes from Melbourne CBD. There are many exciting fields, fully carpeted and with a sniper tower and surround sound. What better way to entertain the kids for a day.

More: www.melbourneindoorpaintball.com.au/index.html

Read a good book in our beautiful library

Are your kids books worms or have always wanted a PlayStation? Then visit the Warrandyte Library at 168 Yarra Street for a quiet but fun afternoon. The library has such a variety of books for kids to choose from and now with the PlayStation kids can take turns playing fun interactive games. There are also DVDs for the kids if they’re keen to borrow a free movie. The library has some great holiday activities for the kids and staff are always happy to help them find books. So c’mon, book lovers, visit the Warrandyte Library. Sheya Atherton and Michele Petalas both suggested this one on our Facebook page.

More: www.wml.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_id=848

Join the Circus Oz team

After a fantastic and funny show for the kids? Well you’re in luck because Circus Oz is back in Melbourne these school holidays from June 17 to July 12 at Birrarung Marr. The new show is reportedly one of the company’s best shows yet, full of fun, laughter, jokes, comedy and of course circus tricks. This would be a great show for any kids but especially for kids who are interested in the arts, gymnastics, dancing and acrobatics. Hurry! Tickets are going fast.

More: www.ticketmaster.com.au/section?tm_link=tm_header

A day out at the theatre

Looking for a more gentle, relaxing outing? One is certainly on offer at the Regent Theatre where The Lion King is on until July 3. Tickets are selling out very fast for this incredible show and before long they’ll all be gone. Don’t miss the opportunity to take your children to what must be one of their favourite movies recreated into an amazing live theatrical performance.

More: www.ticketmaster.com.au/Disney-Presents-The-Lion-King-Australia-tickets/artist/820969?tm_link=tm_homeA_b_10002_1

Visit Edendale

Rug up and take your kids over to Edendale farm at 30 Gastons Road, Eltham. Meet and feed some of the farm animals, try out the new activities revolving around patterns, pictures and textures or book into one of the wildlife or art school holiday programs.

More: www.edendale.vic.gov.au/Visit_Edendale/School_Holiday_Activities

Whatever floats your boat

Want to take your kids to some place fun where they probably haven’t been to before? Inflatable World is the place to go. They say it’s all about having fun, so bring the whole family and bounce on in to Inflatable World.  It’s not just for the kids – they encourage the parents to have fun too. Sessions are for two hours per single entry fee after which time you will be pooped anyway. You can play on the inflatable activities as many times as you like during the session and  supervisors are there to make sure everyone is safe and gets a fair go.

More: www.inflatableworldoz.com.au/stadiums/oakleigh

Lots on in Nillumbik Shire

Nillumbik Shire Council has many events running throughout these school holidays. If your kids are interested in helping out with the environment and have a real green thumb then these are perfect: Backyard chooks for beginners, Stories of Place – Heritage Walk, Energy Freedom workshop 5 – solar electricity, Beekeeping – a taster, Set up and maintain a worm farm, and so many more. Don’t let your kids sit at home and do nothing these holidays, get them involved and actively learning while having fun in the outdoors.

More: www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/Environment/News_Activities_and_Events/Activities_Program

Warrandyte Basketball holiday programs

It has been another great term of basketball in Warrandyte and while the holidays are a fantastic time to get a little rest, they are also perfect if your kids want to stay active and participate in some basketball extension activities. There are some wonderful opportunities open to the Redbacks and Venom players, some of which are Warrandyte Basketball-based and some are offered by external organisations.

More: www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-4089-0-0-0&sID=112048&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=35114007

Grab a DVD and chill at home

Can’t take your kids out but can’t keep them entertained at home? Video Ezy at The Pines could be your best friend. They have a wide selection of movies for all ages including the new Cinderella movie, Paper Planes, Big Hero 6, Paddington and so many more. What kid doesn’t enjoy sitting and watching movies all day? NONE! So head over to Video Ezy and grab some movies for great prices and pop the kids down in front of the TV for the day and they’ll stay out of your hair.

More: www.videoezy.com.au

A big thank you to all the people who made excellent suggestions on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break-ins on the rise

WARRANDYTE police and Manningham Crime Investigation Unit (CIU) are urging residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after several houses in Warrandyte were been broken into last month.

Detective senior sergeant Matt Volk from Manningham CIU says thieves from a specific crime syndicate have made off with $4 million worth of goods from 28 burglaries and there has been a huge spike in burglaries in the area over the past few months.

The break-ins generally happened during evenings between Thursdays and Sundays from 5pm-10pm. Houses in St Muir Drive, Oakland Drive and Pamela Court were targeted and significant amounts of cash and jewellery were stolen. The Warrandyte Cafe was reportedly broken into over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend as the Diary went to print.

These burglaries form part of a larger series with houses in Donvale also being targeted by thieves. Affluent properties are the specific focus of the thieves and in at least one particular case a resident was downstairs in her house while the intruders ransacked upstairs, making off with jewellery and irreplaceable family heirlooms.

A common tactic of the thieves is to come knocking on the door and asking for a stranger who does not live at the residence.

Recording descriptions of these people, including vehicle types and registrations, is helpful to police, and of most benefit when the information is reported at the time.

At a press conference held on May 26, Det Snr Sgt Matt Volk said “we’re urging the community to come forward if you see anything suspicious call 000 immediately”.

Police have stepped up patrols in the areas but need the residents of Warrandyte to be alert to any suspicious activity.

Police urge all residents to communicate with their neighbours and start a dialogue so that anything out of the ordinary can be quickly identified and the police called in for suspicious circumstances.

Police say many people are concerned about interfering or wrongly accusing people of a crime, however, the spate of burglaries has proven residents can never be too vigilant, so residents are asked to not hesitate in calling the police if something’s not quite right.

Meanwhile, some time overnight on May 28, a vehicle in Fossickers Way and another on Harris Gully Road had their side windows smashed and personal items, loose change and personal belongings were stolen.

Also, on at least three separate occasions in May, a red and black laundry bag containing soiled linen has been stolen from outside the medical centre on Yarra and Trezise streets.

Anyone with any information
on these incidents is urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Warrandyte Police on 9844 3231.

Olivigna applies for helipad in Warrandyte

AN application for a proposed helipad at Olivigna in South Warrandyte is being considered by Manningham council.

The helipad will enable emergency services to have easier and more immediate access to the estate’s surrounding area.

Olivigna property manager John Di Pietro said the threat of bushfires prompted the business to apply for the helipad permit.

“During the height of a particularly hot and threatening summer we thought about our estate and its positioning and realised that if local emergency services could fly in and out of here it would really help them, which is essentially protect and help our community,” Mr Di Pietro said.

Although the proposal has been welcomed by emergency services, including the police and the local CFAs, it has received about 60 objections. Nonetheless, Olivigna management maintain that the helipad will not be used often and, when it is, will create minimal disturbance.

The number of flights will be limited to two arrivals and two departures per month and the size and type of helicopter will be restricted according to the acoustic report. As per Clause 52.15 of the Manningham Planning Scheme, flights will not take place before 7am (8am on weekends or holidays) or after sunset on weekdays.

Mr Di Pietro said that two acoustic reports indicate that the noise generated by the helicopters is well below the Environment Protection Authority 1254 Noise Control Guidelines. He also reiterated that the proposed flight path will not impact on the neighbourhood as the helicopters will only cross the Olivigna properties.