Victory – for now at least

We daresay that Churchill would have found our result inspiring.

A passionate standing-room-only crowd tonight witnessed Stonnington Councillors vote unanimously against planning scheme amendment application C114.  Hoorah!

The amendment would have reclassified the land at 590 Orrong Road as “mixed use” and allow Vivas Lend Lease to have its wicked way with the site. For now Vivas Lend Lease has been stopped dead. Ain’t democracy a funny thing? 

Several councillors mentioned our voluminous correspondence and passionate campaigning – it was 100% clear that our efforts made a difference. (We humbly suggest close to 100% of difference.)

Nine Network News was there to cover the protest – maybe we’ll make tomorrow’s edition.

Cr Tas Athanasopoulos made special mention of our valiant leader Margot Carrol. So do we – we wouldn’t be here without you Margot. Stonnington owes you a debt of gratitude, three cheers, a case of wine and a median strip named in your honour. 

george w bush

This slow speaker spoke too soon. Not us.

What now?

Remember when George W Bush declared “mission accomplished”? Precisely.

The battle is won but not the war. Don’t take down your signage, don’t unsubscribe from the eNewsletter and don’t fail to keep an eye on the website. No one is proposing to build a bird pond on the site just yet – just not the monstrosity that Vivas Lend Lease had in mind. Something’s got to be built there – we have to ensure it’s an asset for all of us.

Think of Churchill when he said: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

We must stay vigilant. We’ll do the hard yards – scanning council websites, talking to council officers and councillors, trawling through minutes and memos, plans and proposals. We need you to stay alert and take action when the time comes.  Thanks so much for being a part of this effort so far. Make no mistake – this victory is against all odds.  We’ve certainly destroyed Vivas Lend Lease’s Christmas on the coast but they will be back – soon. And we’ll be ready for them.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Garry Lloyd on December 21, 2010 at 5:42 am

    This is truly a wonderful result, and the result of an enormous amount of work by The Orrong Group and the local community, who have responded brilliantly.

    Margot has been sensational as our leader, and Brett’s web site and E-newsletter have been absolutely vital in our campaign.

    I trust that the Council has learnt from this experience, and will choose to consult with the community in a more appropriate and timely manner in the future. (I am basically an optimist!)

    All the very best for the festive season, and once again, congratulations to you all. Let’s keep in touch. Cheers Garry


  2. Posted by Anna on December 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Thanks to everyone for your efforts – it was great to be part of.

    Happy to help next time too!

    Merry Xmas all.


  3. Posted by Megan on December 21, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Thank you Orrong group team for all your efforts, they have been well worth it. And thanks too to the Stonnington community that rallied behind you. Merry Xmas!


  4. Posted by Nicole Ross on December 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    What a fabulous Christmas present to all OG members, here’s cheers to the tremendous participation displayed by our wonderful community and Orrong Group members this year. It is truly inspiring what we have been able to achieve by working together & each contributing our strengths to this incredibly worthy cause.

    An enormous cheers also goes out to our Council members who represented it’s citizens proudly last night.

    And finally a huge thank you to both Brett & Margot, without your incredible efforts none of this would have been possible. You have spent countless hours campaigning on our behalf and we thank you.

    Enjoy the holidays & I look forward to continuing the fight with you until an appropriate development is agreed upon by all.

    On a final note, should our fantastic Fight the Towers slogan ever need review, I suggest this might resonate with both councillors & developers!



  5. Posted by Megan on December 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I noted you said we shouldn’t take down our signs.

    However I am concerned that if there is later a need for more ‘people power’ on a new problem that emerges, that people will be blase about the signs, thinking the fight hss been won and the signs are passe/old news. Would it be better to take them down and store them for now – and then ask us to put them up again if we need community support for any upcoming ‘fights’ we may have to have?

    The signs going up again could then be a new call to action.


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