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Save Whistlewood, Tucks Road and the Green Wedge from Telstra Tower!

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RE: Planning Application P18/2283

Whistlewood on Tucks Road, Shoreham, occupies a unique place in the cultural history of the Mornington Peninsula. Built in the 1870s by the Tuck family, it has been the permanent home of the McCulloch family of art writers, curators and gallery directors since 1951. Whistlewood has hosted many of Australia’s most famous artists, writers, musicians and others in the creative industries. Artist Arthur Boyd designed and built Alan McCulloch’s studio with him in 1952 and for almost seven decades we have openly and freely shared Whistlewood’s multi layered history, its environs and the art it houses and displays. It has attracted painters and many thousands of visitors and contributed significantly to raising the profile of the Mornington Peninsula as a place where art and nature meet.

Now, suddenly and with no proper community consultation or time given to object or negotiate a more suitable location, Whistlewood is being threatened by the likely building of a 31-metre-high mobile phone tower. Situated opposite us on neighbour’s land leased to Telstra via their contractors Visionstream, according to an email mail from Telstra the proposal is before Council and a "decision to proceed is imminent.” 

Situated extremely close to one neighbour's house, this tower would be around 40 metres from Whistlewood’s boundary and 80 metres from its house and studio. It would dominate Whistlewood’s eastern skyline and be clearly visible from all gallery, living, garden and studio areas. Its presence (and future developments) would destroy not only Whistlewood’s serenity and beautiful aspect but its very purpose of being – to foster, celebrate, explore, display and educate about the art of place, including Aboriginal art, that of nature and the environment.

On one of the Peninsula’s notable ridgelines on Tucks Road, the land on which this tower is planned is subject to a number of significant land and environmental overlays of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme and its Green Wedge provisions. Permitting this tower to be built would set a precedence for such structures to be built in any similar Peninsula location and threaten the protection offered by Green Wedge provisions.

The Shire Planners decision is imminent and we ask your help to save this important property and protect the Peninsula’s Green Wedge.

(Image: artist's impression of mobile phone tower (sized to plan) and Whistlewood)

 



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