About 50 people with banners and posters turned out for Channel 9’s interview on the Lota House high rise application. It was a great effort for 11am Monday morning, acknowledged by Channel 9 journalist, Ebony Cavallaro who said she was impressed to see so many supporting the cause.
Thanks to everyone who came, made banners, organised petition signings and generally helped spread the word.
Stuart Watson and other BAG members were interviewed as well as local councillor Peter Cumming. Some of the interview can be heard in the video below. (Apologies, the initial questions to Cr Peter Cumming were missed.)
There were cameos from Village Retirement Group CEO Greg Little, who said the application was within the limits of what was allowable and Councillor Matthew Bourke, Chairman of City Planning, who said there were a number of concerns including traffic, heritage, height and vegetation.
After the interview, Peter Cumming reminded those gathered that the proposed Retirement and Aged Care amendments to the City Plan would make it easier for Anglicare and the Village Retirement Group to build their 7 storey development at Lota House.
If the amendments get up, developers will be allowed to build 2 to 4 storeys higher than what’s allowed in adjoining areas. That would mean Anglicare and Village Retirement Group “as of right” could build 4 storeys higher than what’s allowed in the low density (9.6m) surrounding suburb. The local community would not be able to object.
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