Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just another one of those co-incidences

It is not relevant that he is a Kuwaiti but I think it is relevant that he is an overseas resident and citizen of another country. He wishes to build two highrise towers on a low rise site right on the beach front in Port Melbourne, one 10 storeys and the other 19 storeys.

City of Port Phillip has said no to the development and there is a three storey height limit in force now. Port Phillip, in I think a poor decision, has increased the height limit to 10 storeys, yet to be signed off by the Planning Minister Matthew Guy. I should 5 storeys is about right.

Of course it is only a co-incidence that the present unlovely and unloved building, given to the people by the developer of Beacon Cove, was subjected to an arson attack last week. Yes, a co-incidence, absolutely.

But the damaged building will put further pressure on the local council and the Minister of Planning to do something and Minister Guy is well know as Minister for Tall High Rise Buildings. And of course if the developer is unhappy with the outcome, he will appeal to the evil VCAT, which takes little notice of local opposition to tall buildings.

I fear the outcome will not be good for local Port Melbourne and Beacon Cove residents, in fact I would put money on it.

We were sipping coffee in the warm sunshine at Beacon Cove and as a tram departed the terminus, the damage was revealed at 1-7 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne. Yes, just a co-incidence.


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  1. Andrew, what about inviting me for some coffee.

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    1. You would be most welcome, Gosia.

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  2. The tall buildings contingent is popping up everywhere. I think they are proposing overly tall towers to get everyone up in arms, so when they magnanimously reduce the proposed height to what they really wanted in the first place, the people are somewhat appeased and allow the building.

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    1. River, it is a good tactic because it works. That section is low rise and it will be spoilt if towers are built there, and set a precedent.

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  3. Sigh. Here too. And of course it is a co-incidence. Bigger sigh.

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    1. EC, if it looks like a duck......

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  4. I loathe very tall residential buildings. They destroy the views, the winds become chaotic and the population density becomes intolerable. Are we competing with Dubai?

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    1. Hels, while I like living in one, they need to be contained to appropriate areas, as they mostly do in Europe. In Australia, they just spread like measles.

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  5. Having just spent 2 weeks where 70+ stories are de rigueur the idea of a 5 stories limit sounds just fine to me.

    I notice in Helsinki (on the basis of an entire 24 hours stay!) that this city seems to manage just fine without high rise buildings near the waterfront, nor anywhere else from what I have observed.

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    1. Victor, as do most Euro cities. If they have highrise buildings, they are away from the older parts of the cities. Australia could have had cities like that.

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  6. We've had a few co incidences here in Perth too Andrew, the Old Guildford Hotel for one !

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    1. Grace, yet it just seemed to be an accepted process, with no one ever directly accused.

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