Surprise! Footscray’s 25 storey development is a cautionary tale worth reading.

Orrong group fights development

Finished? She hasn't even hit intermission.

Anyone thinking that the change of government guaranteed us a happy ending for 590 Orrong Road should read this and think again. Hope for a low-rise, reasonable and community-friendly development has been smashed with planning minister Matthew Guy approving a 80m high, 25-storey apartment complex holding 222 apartments in Footscray. The Maribyrnong City Council has accused the minister of “going behind council’s back”. Until the announcement, Council and the community had believed they were on track for a relatively low-rise development with a fraction of the number of dwellings.

The lesson for us is clear. Our fight is nowhere near over. Unless we continue to make our views clear to politicians at local and state level, media, stakeholders and to each other we will be in for a nasty surprise.

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