What do we know now?
The short answer is ‘Not much more’. But we do know..
- Only ONE submission was received. (Autumn edition Nillumbik News)
Of the fifteen EOIs that were received, narrowed down to 5 by an external committee, only 1 submitted a detailed response to Council. So not a difficult choice for councillors in narrowing the field!
And obviously little or no choice for us when we are finally consulted.
NB The italicized quotes below are Council responses to residents’ questions at the OCM on March 26th.
- At a closed meeting at the Ordinary Council Meeting held at St Andrews in February, councillors decided ‘to continue with investigating the feasibility of the proposal.’ with the single interested developer.
- But we don’t know who is undertaking the negotiation or what it is about!
- The one potential developer has now been advised of the application for listing of the War Memorial complex on the Victorian Heritage Register.
- It appears there will be community consultation of some sort but how meaningful and just when is unclear. All that is clear is that it will be before a contract is signed.
‘Council will engage and consult with the community before entering into a development agreement, however Council is yet to make a decision about any future proposal’.
‘Council … remains committed to community engagement and consultation before entering into a development agreement, if any.’
‘Council has previously engaged and consulted about shaping the vision for the Eltham Activity Centre, where the project is located,’ is a recurring theme from council.
But just when? With whom? And what did the community say?
The Eltham Activity Centre survey, December 2018, summarized respondents’ suggestions for the centre.
‘ Some suggestions for improvement included
improvement to traffic flow, congestion and parking,
increase the greenery and improve the streetscapes,
stop or control overdevelopment,
improve the station/bus interchange precinct,
more community festivals and events to bring people together,
more public art
retain its unique identity.’
We are yet to find evidence of the community’s wish for hotel, apartments or aged care on the Old Shire Office Site and War memorial Complex? Where did those ideas come from? What community consultation led council to believe that was the will of the people?