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BRAG: Boroondara Library in the Camberwell Staion Development?
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Boroondara Library in the Camberwell Staion Development?
by Jack Roach - Thursday, 1 October 2009, 01:43 AM

The "in principle" VCAT Tribunal decision on the Camberwell Station development proposal (see item below)included strong support for a community facility on the site to promote community "ownership" ( what a joke).

The Tribunal's order required some amendments to the proposed development before final approval and urged the applicant to explore the provision of a suitably designed library space as an important goal.

The Boroondara Council has now dumped this proposal after the council officers reported that car parking was inadequate to service a library alongside the 118 apartment residential accomodation on the site.This decision was really a no brainer because the space allocated for a potential library was very inconveniently tucked away at the rear of the development. It was obviously a last minute inclusion in response to the Council and BRAG's demand for a community outcome on the site.

The Council will now look for an alternate location for the library probably in the Civic Centre.

Tenterfield's director, Andrew Cook, has stated that the council's decision will not affect the development and that the project is "full steam ahead'.

We are sure that irrespective of VCAT's  declared "important goal ", the dumping of the recommended library will not affect the Tribunal's final decision on the required amended plans. They will approve them anyway. We believe our community will never accept this development irrespective of any token community facility being included in the project.