VCAT day one update

590 orrong road vcat

Your Orrong Group committee will stay the course no matter how demanding the VCAT hearing.

“Overture, curtain, lights,
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing our parts
We know every part by heart
Overture, curtain, lights
This is it, we’ll hit the heights
And oh what heights we’ll hit
On with the show this is it.”

– The Bugs Bunny Show

Day 1, Monday May 28 

We’re are officially underway at VCAT hearing room G1 before members G Code and M Read both of whom are personally familiar with the site. After two years of campaigning, the future of 590 Orrong Road will be decided in the next few weeks. (Actually the hearing is over the next few weeks, the decision takes a while to be made and delivered but you get the drift.)

A serious turn out of close to 50 members of Orrong Group and sympathetic objectors attended, leaving little room to move. Thanks to everyone who found time to make the community’s presence felt. Come again soon. 

Much business and administration was attended to including details for the site inspection, the order of witnesses and objectors. Most OGers and the like will be making their submissions on Wednesday and Friday. Thanks in advance everyone. Scheduling so many people is no small matter. Many people had limitations as to when they could appear but happily there was an exemplary level of co-operation between all concerned. 

City of Stonnington’s barrister Stuart Morris made a brief overview of the site and stated that planning, traffic and urban design would be key aspects of his argument. OG barrister Paul Connor had a relatively quiet morning.

After a 15m minute break around noon the architect John Denton of Denton Corker Marshall provided a predictably positive  overview of the development, including images of the proposed development – all mature trees, no overshadowng and without the tops of buildings being displayed. 

City of Stonnington’s first expert witness Craig Czarny of Hansen Consultants (the same company that developed the UDF) talked about the urban design. That will continue today after the return from the site visit.

BTW the site visit is not open to the public.

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