Tuesday 6th June 2017
See Mornington Peninsula Shire’s letter that lays out the Shire’s fears of 3-storey development in Growth Residential Zones (GRZs) here.
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Front page of the Progress Leader – Groups Unite Against Overdevelopment here
Friday 24th March 2017
My contribution to the debate on the Victorian Planning Authority Bill which I talked about the densification objectives of the government’s Plan Melbourne Refresh that will tear up Neighbourhood Zones and destroy Melbourne’s liveability can be read here.
Tuesday 21st March 2017
In Parliament today, I spoke about the Labor Government’s Plan Melbourne Refresh which will tear up neighbourhood zones, increase densification and destroy Melbourne’s liveability. Listen here:
Tuesday 6th December 2016
The following will be put on the Notice Paper this week and it is our intention to move it in non-government business early next year.
I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move —
That this House —
(1) expresses its grave concern at the lack of influence afforded to the neighbouring community over the proposed height and density of the Andrews Labor Government’s planned intensification and overdevelopment of public land that was previously dedicated to public housing at the Markham Estate in Ashburton;
(2) recognises the legitimate desire of the local community to be consulted;
(3) recognises that the City of Boroondara is best placed to be the responsible authority for any planning decisions affecting the redevelopment of the Markham Estate;
(4) notes the Government intends to privatise the majority of the Markham Estate redevelopment, realising what have been described in government emails obtained under Freedom of Information requests as “super profits”;
and calls on the Minister for Planning to absent himself from any decisions relating to the proposed redevelopment of the Markham Estate.
Thursday 17th November 2016
My article from the November 2016 issue of the Planning Institute Australia (Victorian Division) Planning News entitled “The Corkman Irish destruction: a wake-up call on Melbourne’s heritage” and which touches on a number of current planning policy challenges and the failure of Labor’s approach to these can be read here.
Wednesday 26th October 2016
Yesterday in Parliament, I made a members statement on the massive 13 storey ‘Skytower’ which Daniel Andrews is imposing on the Ormond community:
Mr DAVIS (Southern Metropolitan) — Last night I attended a large public meeting in Ormond. My colleagues Mr Southwick, the member for Caulfield in the other place, and Ms Crozier were also there, along with more than 100 members of the local community. The absolute fury and anger was palpable. This related directly to the Labor government’s massive proposed sky tower in Ormond. The community are outraged because they were in no way consulted about the plan to build a massive tower.
The pad has been built over the level crossing removal. The level crossing removal is supported by everyone — in fact this one was funded by the previous government — but nobody was advised, including the Glen Eira council, that a massive concrete pad was to be built over the station. This came as a massive shock to the community. They are absolutely incensed that they are going to have a 13 to 20-storey tower built at this location.
There was no planning or attention paid to the impact on traffic or the amenity of the area. Ormond is three stories high around that area — this is completely and utterly out of sympathy. The community is up in arms, the community wants it stopped and the community does not believe that the level crossing removal should be paid for by this value capture when it was already funded by the previous government.
Tuesday 11 October 2016
Communities in Melbourne’s east and south should be afraid – very afraid – of the “densification” outlined in Daniel Andrews’ Infrastructure Victoria Draft 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy.
I told the Parliament today that the report also warns that “this rebalancing is unlikely to occur without intervention”. Communities should not have densification forced on them. Listen to my comments here:
Daniel Andrews, you do not have my democratic consent for a return to the policies of your failed Melbourne 2030 experiment, nor to remove my valued neighbourhood residential zone protections. To proceed along this route will destroy Melbourne’s liveability.