Victorian Minister for Planning, The
Responsible Planning Authority for Kew Cottages.
Development Plan - Kew Area , Boroondara
Planning & Environment Act (1987) regarding::
Collie Pty Ltd, Stage 1 Planning Permit Application :
Native Vegetation Removal, August.2006
I live in Boroondara.
I work in Boroondara.
I am a friend of Kew Cottages, but do not live or work in
I write to strongly object to the Permit Application
before you seeking the removal of over 176 indigenous trees, including
River Red Gums and other native vegetation and habitat on the Kew
Cottages Crown Lands adjoining Yarra Bend Park.
I believe the extraordinary nature and extent of this proposed land
clearance on the banks of the Yarra is an affront to all
Victorians. It will have a serious environmental
impact, not only on the landscape and river itself, but also the
carbon content of the atmosphere that we all rely on. . It will
contribute further to the significant problem of global warming, and
can only serve to send the message far and wide to developers
throughout Australia that Victoria under a Bracks Government is
secretly keen to promote and encourage the pursuit of private profit at
the expense of both the Victorian public, and Victoria's public lands..
The Permit Application proposes that you should defer statutory
decisions on appropriate native vegetation 'off-sets' until a
date to be set, long after the trees themselves have been felled. I
submit that the latter approach is both morally reprehensible, and
totally unacceptable. It is about as sensible as defering critical
decisions on the Titanic's lifeboats until the day the ship set sail.
I request that you reject the Permit Application forthwith and request
and candid explanation from your colleague, the Minister for Community
Services, as to how such an extraordinary Application came to be put
before you on her behalf.