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The People  


The Owner

Media Releases (search):

"The Redevelopment of Kew Residential Services (formerly Kew Cottages) will be complete by the end of 2006.  (More..)  (
Online quote 16th February 2006)

The Developer

The Developer's Contract

Walker Corporation's  Kew Residential Services Development Agreement (NB Online versions appear to have been redacted.)

  1. Major Projects Victoria - As signed 27th October 2006.  Sections:  (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

  2. Subsequent variations up to June 2014

  3. As currently published on the Victorian State Government Contract website

Victorian Government Contracts Publishing System

The Land

Heritage Victoria Links

Victorian Heritage Database
Kew Cottages
State Heritage Listed 2004

Permit decisions and appeals to Heritage Council Victoria

Kew Cottages Coalition Links

Heritage Council VictoriaWalker's 2017 Appeal* to the Heritage Council
Re: Permit P26760 Refusal


June 2018

May  2018


Dec  2017

Oct  2017

May 2017 Stage 8 Revised Apartments

  Walker's Application P26760 for a Heritage Permit:

* Under the new Heritage Act (2017) Heritage Permit Appeals are now referred to as 'Permit Reviews'

Heritage Council Victoria2016
Walker's 2015 Appeal to the Heritage Council
Re: Permit P22396 Refusal

May 2016

March 2016

Feb 2016

Dec 2015

  Nov 2015

July 2015

 May 2015

  Walker's Application for a Heritage Permit


The Minister for Planning

Planning Documents

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)


Boroondara Council

Other* Heritage & Planning Documents (1971 -2018)

* See Permit Applications and Hearings Documents for more Plans

However, note that many Application plans and proposals have been subject to further amendment for approval.


The National Trust

Victorian Public Land Community Action Campaigns & Issues (2003-  )

Abbotsford Convent

Boroondara Residents Action Group (BRAG)

Greater Shepparton Botanic Gardens

Point Nepean

Protectors of Public Lands (PPL) Victoria

Royal Park

St Kilda Triangle

Yarra River Keeper

The Plant Destroyer

 The Press

 Background (2002-

Metro Media November 2003

When the time comes for our daughter to leave home
Letter to the Editor
Karen Hitchen, Brunswick
November 19, 2003

Don't treat them as second-class citizens
Letter to the Editor
Eric Emerson,
Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Lancaster, UK
November 19, 2003
(KCC Comment: We understand Professor Emerson's recent visit to Melbourne was paid for by the State Government)

Misplaced advocacy
Letter to the Editor
Ian Whalley, Kew Cottages Parents Associaion
November 19, 2003

Where are these people meant to live?
Letter to the Editor
Lorriane Keogh, Ballarat
The Age, Melbourne
November 18, 2003

Where are these people meant to live?

The "extraordinary mess" that Opposition community services spokeswoman Helen Shardey called the Kew Cottages redevelopment (The Age , 14/11) can only get worse with comments from the likes of Gillian Meldrum from the new disability group Community Living Alliance.

Where does Ms Meldrum propose that the more than 3000 people in Victoria with intellectual disabilities at present on accommodation waiting lists - including more than 1000 who are classified as urgently requiring accommodation - live?

I'd be fascinated to know Ms Meldrum's, and Community Services Minister Sherryl Garbutt's, plans to house these unfortunate people. Unlike those living at Kew Cottages who already have a roof over their heads, these people are on waiting lists that can be years long.
Lorraine Keogh, Ballarat

What is really best for the Kew Cottages people?
Kenneth Davidson
The Age, Melbourne
November 17, 2003

Council set to challenge Kew Cottages plans
Carol Nader
The Age,  Melbourne,
14th November 2003

State to control Kew Cottages
Kate Uebergang
The Herald Sun, Melbourne
13th  November 2003

Urgent attention needed for Kew Cottages: report
The Age,  Melbourne,
4th November 2003

Turf war over prime site
Kate Uebergang
Urban affairs reporter
The Herald Sun, Melbourne
3rd November 2003

Local Media....

Progress Leader 17th Nov

Heading - Council loses Kew powers

By Matthew Schulz

THE State Government has taken control of residential development at the
Kew Cottages site, saying Boroondara Council is not fit to deal with the

But the council says the Government has sacrificed democracy for more money.

The Government wants to close the home and replace it with up to 800 houses
at the prime 27ha site on the banks of the Yarra River.

The State Opposition said it stood to raise up to $300 million from the

Until now, Boroondara had been charged with drawing up planning guidelines
and presiding over debate between residents, state officials, disability
advocates and families of residents at Kew Cottages - now known as Kew
Residential Services (KRS).

The council this month adopted planning guidelines for the site, which set
aside half the land for open space, ignoring a Government preference for 27
percent open space.

But late last week, the Government used special powers to "call in" the
project and ensure its plans were the basis for future development.

Community Service Minister Sherryl Garbutt said the council had been too
slow to deal with the project, ignored offers to work with the Government
and failed to formally consult with the Government.

In a written statement Ms Garbutt said the project had "statewide

She said the Government had to ensure it proceeded "swiftly and
appropriately to safeguard the welfare of residents with disabilities".

"This project is too important to be a political football or to be
undermined by planning uncertainty," Ms Garbutt said.

"There will be a community consultation process to ensure the community and
stakeholders can have their say on the redevelopment of KRS."

Mayor Judith Voce said the Government now had a "substantial conflict of
interest" as the owner,

developer and planning authority and its move was an "affront" to the
council's extensive consultation.

"it appears the Government has chosen this course of action in order to
maximise the financial gain ... at the expense of accountability and local
democracy," she said.

10th November

More Kew Conflict looms
Progress Leader Page 5
10 Nov 2003

By Belinda Mackowski and Matthew Schulz

THE State Government appears set to take control of the Kew Cottages

Boroondara Council urban planning director Phillip Storer has accused the
Government of issuing "veiled threats" it planned to sidestep the council
and take control of the project for 800 apartments and houses on prime Kew
real estate.

The council has already drawn up planning guidelines for the 27ha site
after heated community debate.

But the Government has the power to take over planning for the Kew
Residential Services (KRS site if it deems it a project of state
significance or if it would be in the public interest to make an urgent

Planning Minister Mary Delahunty can also "call in" the project if the
Government believes the matter "is unlikely to be reasonably resolved by
the processes normally available".

Community Services Minister Sherryl Garbutt last week raised the stakes by
labeling the Kew Residential Services redevelopment a "project of state

Last week Ms Garbutt accused Boroondara Council of being uncooperative and
too slow in planning the KRS redevelopment, taking 18 months to do what
should have taken six months.

Ms Garbutt attacked the council after it rejected the Government's revised
plans for the site and instead decided

to seek public comment on its own plans.

"The council's reluctance to work with the Bracks Government on the KIRS
redevelopment smacks of territorialism," she said. "The redevelopment of
KRS is a project of statewide significance and is too important to get
bogged down in petty local politics or individual agendas."

Ms Garbutt said the Government was "not confident" of Boroondara's ability
to conduct the process in a timely manner.

"The Kew redevelopment is far too important to get waylaid by planning
uncertainty and council indecision," she said.

Mr Storer vowed the council would "vigorously resist" any attempts by the
Government to replace the council as the planning authority on the project.

Mr Storer said if the Government called in the KRS project it would create
a conflict of interest.

He said the State Government would then be the landowner and developer and
would also have the final say on what could be built on the site.

The council has also asked the Municipal Association of Victoria to
advocate against the State Government's "call W' powers.

3rd November 2003

Call to Stop Kew Plans
Progress Leader 3 Nov 2003 pg 18

COMMUNITY members fighting the sale and redevelopment of the Kew Residential Services site have called for
the planning process to be frozen.

Kew Cottages Coalition president Brian Walsh said the group wanted a moratorium on any further planning of the
Kew redevelopment until Boroondara Council investigated how other councils were fighting State Government
attempts to sell off public land to developers.

The Government wants to replace the council's development plans, adopted in August, with its own,
and to fast-track them for approval by next June.

Under the Government's plans 27 per cent of the Kew site would be kept for public open space, while under the
council's, 50 per cent would be parkland.

Mr Walsh said the group was unhappy with the council's and the Government's redevelopment plans.

"As far as the plans go it is like two people arguing about who is going to be the hangman," he said.

Before either plan can be adopted a planning scheme amendment is required.

Boroondara Mayor Judith Voce said the council had to exhibit the amendment for a minimum of one month.

The council will allow community feedback on the amendment between October 30 and December 12.

Mr Walsh and Kew Cottages Parents Association president Ian Whalley said they considered the exhibition
period too short for a development of the magnitude and significance of the new Kew urban village.

The Government has told the council an independent panel hearing must be held on the plans, and the panel's
decision considered by the council, before June 30 next year.

City digs in over Kew Cottages proposal
Progres Leader By Belinda Mackowski

BOROONDARA Council has refused to throw out its vision for the Kew Cottages site in favour of the State
Government's revised plans for the redevelopment.

The council has vowed to go ahead with its normal planning process and has called for public comment on its own
plans for the 27ha Kew site. Public consultation is until December 12.

The council has warned that it would vigorously resist" any attempt by the Government to "call in" the project and
take over as the planning authority in charge of the Kew Residential Services site redevelopment.

The Government last month released a revised urban design framework for the sell-off and redevelopment of the
site, which has been home to the Kew Cottages' intellectually disabled residents for more than 100 years.

The Government wanted the council to replace guidelines that a working party of council, Government and
community members drew up, with its own framework.

Council urban planning director Phillip Store said the Government's plans were significantly different- from the
urban design framework adopted by the council in August.

Mr Storer told the council meeting last week that the Government had been ' 'disingenuous and misleading" in
promoting, its revised scheme for the development of a high-density urban village at Kew.

He said the Government had not revealed that its plans would reduce the amount of open space on the
redeveloped site, compared with the council's framework.

The council's plans allow for 50 per cent of the land to be kept as open space, while the State Government wants
only 27 per cent as parkland.

Mr Storer also told the meeting that the Government's claims that it intended to cut the number of houses on the
site from 1600 to between 450 and 800 were incorrect and grossly misleading.

"Council's adopted urban-design framework did not and has not ever contemplated dwelling numbers," he said.

Mr Storer said the council would oppose any attempts by the Government to call in the project and override the
council's planning procedure.

He said the council would seek public comment on a planning-scheme amendment this month, then an
independent planning panel would be appointed to hear arguments about the amendment.

"There has been a veiled threat that this may be called in by the Government," Mr Storer said.

"The Government has the opportunity to submit its proposal to the independent panel during the process."

Sarah McKinnon, spokeswoman for Community Services Minister Sherryl Garbutt, said the Government would
continue to discuss the redevelopment with Boroondara Council during the planning process.

"We have listened to the views and needs of the local community and the council and ... developed a new
framework that goes a long way towards meeting their requirements," she said.

"The Government is committed to ensuring the redevelopment proceeds in a timely fashion. "

Kew Cottages' supporters have criticised the Government's revised plans, with Kew Cottages Coalition president
Brian Walsh calling the reduction in open space a "grab for cash".

Metro Media Nov 2002- Oct 2003

41 Urgent attention needed for Kew Cottages: report AGE November 4, 2003 [More..]
40 State's power on Point Nepean HWT October 31, 2003 [More..]
39 $120m Kew Cottages plan rejected HWT October 29, 2003 [More..]
38 Council rejects state plan for Kew Cottages site AGE October 28, 2003 [More..]
37 Vic Govt rolls in $2.1b stamp duty bonanza ABC October 27, 2003 [More..]
36 New pledge for Point Nepean HWT October 22, 2003 [More..]
32 Kew Cottages plan fails to quell fears AGE October 18, 2003 [More..]
33 Kew redevelopment plan panned  ABC October 18, 2003 [More..]
34 $120m Kew plan stuns residents HWT October 18, 2003 [More..]
35 Fed Govt reveals Mornington Peninsula plan ABC October 18, 2003 [More..]
31 letters, disability services protest $17m govt funding cuts AGE October 14, 2003 [More..]
30 How Bracks is letting $65 million sail into the sunset AGE October 6, 2003 [More..]
28 Kew Cottages Protest OM September 29, 2003 [More..]
29 Yarra left up the creek without a paddle AGE September 29, 2003 [More..]
27 Looking past family stereotypes AGE September 26, 2003 [More..]
26 Kew Cottages: let there be choices AGE September 22, 2003 [More..]
25 Kew Cottages group eyes future HWT September 17, 2003 [More..]
24 Don't segregate people with disabilities AGE September 14, 2003 [More..]
23 Heritage fears rise HWT September 1, 2003 [More..]
22 Debunking some Point Nepean myths (letter K. Duxbury) AGE August 29, 2003 [More..]
21 Point Nepean 'not for sale' AGE August 25, 2003 [More..]
19 The disabled deserve to have a choice AGE August 23, 2003 [More..]
20 Kew Cottages: good riddance AGE August 23, 2003 [More..]
18 Missing voices in the Kew debate (Letter) AGE August 20, 2003 [More..]
17 We must do better by those in our care AGE August 19, 2003 [More..]
16 Kew is about people, not land AGE August 18, 2003 [More..]
15 The disabled need love. Not some ideological utopia AGE August 15, 2003 [More..]
14 Minister drops fee plan within hours of release AGE August 12, 2003 [More..]
12 Families, Bracks fight over disabled AUS August 11, 2003 [More..]
13 Parents split on rehousing plan AGE August 11, 2003 [More..]
11 Disabled plan city protest HWT August 10, 2003 [More..]
9 Public backs Kew Cottages battle HWT August 8, 2003 [More..]
10 Kew Cottages Coalition accused of ulterior motive ABC August 8, 2003 [More..]
8 Bracks, the developers' friend AGE August 7, 2003 [More..]
6 Disabled in limbo HWT August 6, 2003 [More..]
7 Kew Cottages a social battlefield  AUS August 6, 2003 [More..]
5 Kew Cottages redevelopment to go ahead AGE August 5, 2003 [More..]
4 Request to protect VicUrban AGE July 8, 2003 [More..]
3 Inside the world of a passionate fighter AGE June 22, 2003 [More..]
2 Bracks should think again on Kew cottages AGE June 12, 2003 [More..]
1 Looking for a place to call home AGE November 25, 2002 [More..]

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