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Thousands fight estate
Mass fight to halt 760-house development at golf course
ABOUT 7000 people have lodged an objection to plans for 760 houses on a former golf course — the most Kingston Council has ever received on a single issue.
The Save Kingswood Group, which has been fighting plans for the rezoning and redevelopment of the Dingley Village site for years, said they had already delivered 6000 objections to the council and estimated another 500 had been lodged independently.
“By cut off we would have had 7,000 objections,” the group’s secretary Kevin Poulter said.
Mr Poulter said it was “most likely the most objections for a development of this type in Victoria’s history."
Kingston’s Planning and Development General Manager Jonathan Guttmann confirmed that late last week more than 6500 submissions had been lodged about the proposal, a record number for a single issue.
Save Kingswood stepped up its long running campaign about six weeks ago with members running stalls at supermarkets and the Dingley Village Farmers Market.
Businesses and residents have also been posting “say no” signs around the suburb and a recent Save Kingswood meeting attracted more than 400 people.
Property fund giant ISPT bought the 53.4ha site in 2014 for $125 million and developer ASRP1 wants to build a minimum of 760 dwellings on the site.
Save Kingswood had raised concerns about a lack of schools, roads and sporting facilities, and the fact that the site was flood prone.
Mr Poulter said the group wanted the State Government to buy the land and keep it as open space incorporating a wildlife sanctuary and playing fields.
Keysborough State Labor MP Martin Pakula,
Liberal candidate for Keysborough Darrel Taylor,
Hotham MP Clare O’Neil,
Isaacs Federal MP Mark Dreyfus,
Liberal Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Peulich MLC,
and Greens Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Nina Springle,
have all publicly expressed concern about the plans.
The project spokeswoman Anna Martiniello told the Leader their proposal was “very detailed and meets all the performance requirements sought by council officers”.
“The proposal as presented will unlock previously private recreational and living space in the heart of Dingley Village, Ms Martiniello said."
It is likely an independent planning panel will hear submissions and make recommendations to Kingston Council.
Regardless of that outcome, Planning Minister Richard Wynne has the final say.
Hundreds have signed an online petition and objection against the residential redevelopment of Kingswood Golf Course.
This ghetto plan is without precedent. Thereʼs nothing like it in a unique village like ours, and there is no net benefit for Dingley Village.
Thereʼs a long list of disadvantages. (see below). There are almost no two-storey units in Dingley Village and they want to build hundreds of three-storey highest density units.
Up to 1000 tiny units is so out of character, they would destroy an entire village and affect nearly 10,000 residents’ quality of life.
A 20 percent increase in population is not possible without overloaded services, like schools, kinders, traffic and much more.
There is ZERO Net Community Benefit for Dingley Village.
Lodge your objection using our form
Please either send completed forms to the drop-off points listed, or via email to us.
Click on the trees for a form
ITS CRUNCH TIME FOLKS - Public exhibition is announced!
The Exhibition is for 6 weeks from July 19th.
Come to the Village Meeting, 7pm August 14th at Southern Golf Course, Lower Dandenong road.
Take Action NOW to Save Kingswood Golf Course From Destruction
Click HERE for the latest
The exhibition period will formally commence this Thursday 19 July, and will finish at the close of business on 30 August.
The “exhibition” is not a big display like the one held in the Dingley International Hotel, rather just access to their plans.
People who lodge submissions during the exhibition period, become ‘submitters’ that are required to be formally notified of further proceedings – including a potential Planning Panel process. Only people who are ‘submitters’ are able to be a party to a Panel process. People who have not made a submission can still be an observer at a Panel hearing.
In addition to keeping a list of formal submitters, Council also has a register of interested parties. This register is a list of people that have asked to be kept updated on the project and that Council send emails to from time to time.
Unfortunately some residents lodged their objection directly with Council before the July 19 Exhibition, instead of sending them to one of the addresses nominated by Save Kingswood.
So Council sent letters to all of these people to let them know that they will need to re-lodge once exhibition has started in order for their submissions to be formally considered.
And for all the people that lodged an early submission that also supplied an email address, they have been added to Council's register of interested parties. Council will be sending an email to all of the people on the register later this week to let them know exhibition has started.
In addition to the email, letters will be sent via Australia Post to all residents and property owners in Dingley Village to let them know that exhibition has commenced.
Ads have been placed in
• local Leader newspapers,
• a notice will appear in the Government Gazette and
• Council will be using our social media channels to let people know.
• The proponent (developer) will also be placing signs on the site.
Hard copies of the exhibited material will be available to view at
• Council's Cheltenham office, and
• the Dingley Library.
• People will also be able to view the exhibited material online at the following locations:
• Online at www.yourkingstonyoursay.com.au or
• www.kingston.vic.gov.au/kingswood or
online at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website www.planning.vic.gov.au/public-inspection
Many delivery choices for the objection forms are below,
however we prefer 1, 2, 3, or 4, as we can keep track of the number of objections…
People can make a submission by doing any of the following; Post or Hand Deliver the signed objection submission forms to:
(1) Michael Benjamin and Associates at 117 Centre Dandenong Road (next to the Dingley Primary) or
(2) The Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre (DVNC) 31B Marcus Rd, Dingley Village.
(3) Scan your signed form(s) then email to the Save Kingswood Group at email@example.com
(4) See us at the Dingley Village Farmers Market on July 21st or or August 18th and deliver your form(s) or sign a form on the spot.
(5) Online at www.yourkingstonyoursay.com.au
(6) Emailing council at firstname.lastname@example.org
(7) Posting a copy to City of Kingston, Strategic Planning Dept. PO Box 1000, Mentone 3194
Some people may wish to collect together bundles of submissions and lodge them by hand – you can do that at Council's Cheltenham office. Council will have a submission template available on their website if people wish to use it, however a written submission can be made in any format, as long as you provide your contact details, amendment name, and an outline of what you support or don’t support about the proposal.
The above website links will not be live until exhibition commences, so please don't lodge or email anything until Thursday 19 July.
There is ZERO Net Community Benefit for Dingley Village.
* No Net benefit for Dingley Village
* No preservation of the thousands of trees, estimated at 20,000 native to Dingley Village trees, as that’s the number of indigenous trees planted.
* Loss of the only significant treed open space in Dingley Village. The “lungs” and filter for Dingley Village. Proven. Thousands of Birds, wildlife and trees lost.
* Increased traffic - up to 2,000 extra cars, plus also the Hawthorn Football Club traffic. Up to one hour to travel through Dingley Village when traffic increases - proven
* Not enough Maternal Health places - waiting lists
* Child Care waiting lists
* Kinders already overfull
* Primary Schools full - portables installed on Dingley Primary preps front lawn playing area and more may be coming
* NO Secondary Schools - those in other towns full - portables installed
* Health services overloaded now, regularly wait up to 2-3 weeks for Doctor of your choice.
* Lack of sporting facilities for up to 2,200 extra residents
* Shopping more difficult - carpark already regularly full - will residents again shop out of town to avoid the chaos?
* No developer will provide the $20 million or more needed to address these essential needs.
* Longer waiting times for health services
* The Community Centre overloaded - already needs more space
* A 20 percent increase in Village population - new town in the centre of town
* Overloading a Village that is up to an hour away from any Activity Centre in peak traffic
* Years of Chaos, noise and Dust - strain on medical facilities for asthma and other lung complaints. Proven in a nearby destruction!
* Expect more buses in your area, even though many run nearly empty now. Plus an attempt to re-introduce Bus Lanes on Centre Dandenong road, which was previously voted against by 95% of Dingley Village residents in two polls, including a Council poll. Bus lanes would also create some of the narrowest lanes in Melbourne.
* Floods - their plans are based on Melbourne Water’s inadequate and flawed input
* Drainage and Stormwater infrastructure unable to cope.
* NBN and other services clogged, so everyone endures a much slower connection than copper - proven in other areas.
* Sewer overloaded?
* Electricity demands put stress on power, lower voltage and longer power outages
* Reduced mains water pressure
* They want to move out the mobile phone tower, so will phone reception be unacceptable again?
* Constructing a massive temporary retarding dam for stage one, then in other areas is scorched earth of biblical proportions, removing thousands of wildlife and trees destroyed.
* Years of dust and chaos - proven in nearby bulldozing.
* No consideration for the nearly 200 neighbours on the boundary
* All high density - BUILD AND BOLT, fleecing Dingley Village
* No consideration for infrastructure
* No consideration for current services needs, nor those they will impose
* No consideration of the environment or flora and fauna
* Loss of a major aircraft safety and noise buffer for thousands of circuits, take-offs and landings, including passenger Jets and Helicopters.
You Must Act NOW. You must voice your opinion NOW. You cannot wait until the bulldozers move in.
Based on 2016 Census comparisons we calculate that household and population density on the proposed site will be more than double that of Dingley Village today, massively changing the character of our Village. Council tells us that the site will generate another 6,800 vehicle movements a day with 680 per peak hour. How could that possibly work? Centre Dandenong Road, Howard Rd. and Tootal Rd. are already choked over both extended peak times and Hawthorn Football Club is bringing more traffic.
An actual photograph of Centre Dandenong road when traffic was disrupted nearby. Future shock!
When asked how long a motorist had taken to go through Dingley Village, he replied "one hour"!!
Centre Dandenong road is only a single lane each way, despite traffic trying to make two lanes where possible.
When Vic Roads tried to make Centre Dandenong road have Bus Lanes, two surveys - one by council - resulted in a 94 percent resounding NO!
The developer had the audacity to title our road an Arterial.
There is ZERO Net Community Benefit for Dingley Village.
What’s Our Aim ?
Our aim is to put a stop to this disastrous proposal and, in agreement with Kingston Council’s Golf Course policy request the site remains as public or private open space for recreational use.
Thank you again for your support to date. Lets make this an all out effort NOW so that when the exhibition period expires your voices will evidence a massive NO vote from Dingley Village.
The current status of our campaign
• The Golf Course cannot be built on without a rezoning, however the purchaser has grouped in a request for subdivision approval as well.
• Kingston Council will put the application and plans on display on July 19th 2018 for six weeks.
• "Display" does not mean Council will have another public meeting with maps and data, rather residents can view the plans at Council offices, the Library or on the web.
• Expect untold reams of text and plans. We will dissect them and find the more shocking information and items of greatest interest to residents and let you know. Of course we welcome feedback from residents who find unacceptable points too.
• We do not expect the developers to do a display, as they took a battering of objections at the last display
We will have a Village meeting - watch for our announcement!
• At the Council-run display held at the Dingley International, the Developer's Project Manager assured us their plans were on their website (or would be within days) and therefore "no need to take photos".
This turned out to be yet another "porkie" and nothing was added to their fuzzy illegible plans on their website.
Our subsequent request for their plans and drawings resulted in a long rambling reply, that so easily could have been one word - NO!
• Did you know that as soon as the current or future owners want to, (i.e. even right now) they can chainsaw more than 19,000 trees that do not meet the 1.1 metre circumference near their base?
Council has no plans to do anything about that!
• Ask politicians and the Planning Minister Richard Wynne to not delay a decision till after the election, as they are far more likely to listen to the voice of the people before an election, when OUR votes matter.
Is the process fair? Of course not!
• The developer had years to prepare their plans, produced by experts in bulldozing over residents and councils, which most likely cost half a million dollars or much more,
• Then at last minute we have 4-6 weeks to counter their hugely over-the-top descriptions, plans and illustrations.
• Council apparently did not publicly announce "businesses will receive a survey with an addressed envelope", however
• We are told residents will not receive a survey!