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Petition to Sally Betts, Maria Atkinson AM, Waverley Council, Cathy Henderson, Friends of Bondi Pavilion

Reject Stage 1 - Save Bondi Pavilion

At the end of last year Waverley Council decided to do their Pavilion 'upgrade' in stages. Now Stage 1 has proceeded to a Development Application (DA) without community consultation or discussion about this approach or the scope of the works. It makes no economic or planning sense to begin renovations without a complete plan. Mayor Sally Betts and Waverley Council have already wasted millions of dollars of ratepayers money commissioning consultants and architects aimed at commercialising our only community centre. The project budget has blown out from $9.5 million to $38 million and is now more than $45 million and climbing - a shameless mismanagement of ratepayer funds. Save Bondi Pavilion strongly supports an immediate and much-needed upgrade to Bondi Pavilion. This has always been our position. As a result of the community campaign to Save Bondi Pavilion as a community and cultural centre, the Stage 1 plan reflects some of our concerns and we celebrate that success. But the Stage 1 plan still has many flaws including the loss of the courtyard space for festivals and the popular Bucket List. These plans cannot be supported in their current form - especially without plans for the remaining stages. The ill-conceived and expensive glass box into the Southern Courtyard is still under consideration. What will happen upstairs? Do they still plan to throw out the community and hand it over to commercial interests? Will the music studios and High Tide Room in the Southern Courtyard be demolished? No wonder the community is suspicious about Council’s intentions. It is irresponsible of Mayor Betts and Waverley Council to lodge a DA for Stage 1 without any information publicly available for later stages. We must continue to apply pressure until Mayor Betts unveils her plans for the top floor and southern courtyard. The process to date stinks — it has been shrouded in secrecy, sneakiness and an unwillingness by Council to be honest with its own ratepayers. Waverley Council has a responsibility to upgrade Bondi Pavilion as a community and cultural centre. Bondi Pavilion has been neglected by Council for the past decade. Reject the Stage 1 Development Application - sign to send a template submission. Download our template submission or write your own. Submissions close 24th May, 2017.

Friends of Bondi Pavilion
1,005 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Tommy Parker, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Denise Lee, Phil Goff, Maggie Barry

Stop NZTA destruction of Aotea Sea Scouts and the Onehunga waterfront

The transport system into and out of Onehunga is about to undergo a radical change with the East West Link project and plans proposed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).  NZTA’s plans negatively impact on Aotea Sea Scouts and our operations. The NZTA solution precludes further restoration of Onehunga’s waterfront, lost when state highway 20 originally went in, and places a six metre high motorway interchange directly outside the front door of our Sea Scouts building.  This interchange cuts off our access to the only parkland nearby; Gloucester Park has been used by generations of Aotea Sea Scouts families to learn Scouting skills, play games, and have fun.  Without access to Gloucester Park, our programme will be totally compromised and it’s just not good enough! We have a simple solution, in 2007 when a prior interchange was proposed, NZTA had agreed to reclaim land in front of our Sea Scouts building and round to the Port of Onehunga.  The resource consent failed at that time only because NZTA did not make the reclamation big enough.  We say this is now the time for NZTA to get it right.  We want NZTA to reclaim land from the already award winning reclamation of Taumanu Reserve, right round to the Port of Onehunga and relocate our building to a new beachfront close to the port; such a reclamation benefits everyone, and in fact the same proposal has been made by the Onehunga Business Association and The Onehunga Enhancement Society, in the form of the Community Plan.  NZTA are not prepared to work on the community proposal, and if things don’t change Onehunga’s and our waterfront dreams will be lost forever. NZTA say that due to a volcanic basalt shelf being a protected geological feature in the Unitary Plan of Auckland Council, and this being protected under the Resource Management Act, there is nothing they can do.  We, Aotea say rubbish, we want NZTA to work with Auckland Council to explore ways of overcoming this rock that is stopping progress.  We hope you agree. Aotea Sea Scouts want NZTA, Auckland Council and the Government to take time and look at this more carefully.  There are solutions that allow for a significant new waterfront asset to be developed while maintaining some visibility of the basalt shelf.  NZTA should not be allowed to further compromise Onehunga’s waterfront, it is time they give Onehunga something back.  Aotea Sea Scouts view is a view for the future of Onehunga, we want prime waterfront parkland developed with new beaches, and our building to be moved to a new beachfront to maintain its heritage association with the sea amidst the new parkland and beaches that can be enjoyed by everyone. The cost is small compared to the overall spend of the project, and we don’t think it unreasonable. If you agree, please sign the petition, help protect Aotea Sea Scouts and get a real waterfront asset for the people of Onehunga.  Once you have signed the petition please click here to donate.

Aotea Sea Scouts
1,168 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Parks Victoria, City of Boroondara, Luke Donnellan, Daniel Andrews, Phillip Healey, Liliana D'Ambrosio

A Better Future for 1 Yarra Boulevard (Melbourne's Missing Link)

The government land at 1 Yarra Boulevard forms a potentially vital link between enormous tracts of Melbourne parkland. The purpose of the petition is two fold: 1. to reject the proposal for a garden supplies operation 2. to recommend that the land is used more appropriately - as a parkland / trail connection UPDATE - May 18, 2017Some great news...Stage one of the petition has been achieved. The City of Boroondara has refused the garden supplies proposal. They have provided 8 different reasons for their refusal. Stage two (the parkland proposal) is still pending.In light of the 2016 proposal that would have brought 50 tonne trucks on to the Yarra Boulevard and added significant advertising along the Eastern Freeway, it is still vital that the government is secured for the future as parkland. In particular, a planning report prepared by the Department of Planning and Urban Growth (Middle Yarra River Concept Plan, 1990) clearly labels land at 1 Yarra Boulevard as "Proposed Outer Circle Linear Park" indicating that the original idea was indeed to connect all the way through to the Yarra Boulevard. Elsewhere in the report, it states: "The [Yarra Boulevard unit of Yarra Bend Park] connects with the northern extremity of the proposed Outer Circle Linear Park which could bring people to the river as far away as Caulfield". For some time in the interim, the land was used as a VicRoads depot. This  can hopefully now be considered a temporary measure and now that the depot has been closed for many years and is currently in a dilapidated condition, the original parkland idea should be revived. Some points to consider:  THE MISSING LINK At the moment, the associated parkland of the Anniversary Outer Circle Trail terminates suddenly and inappropriately at the Chandler Highway - near the Eastern Freeway bridge. To move any further west, cyclists and pedestrians must share a narrow footpath along the freeway bridge while negotiating slip lanes both entering and exiting the freeway.If the trail could be extended through the identified land, it would form a vital parkland connection between the south eastern network of Melbourne trails (approx 31 kms including the Anniversary Trail and Gardiner's Creek Trail) to that of  the Yarra Boulevard (a cycling/waking/jogging stronghold) and the 260 hectare Yarra Bend Park.  BETTER AMENITY FOR ADJOINING AREAS The park would provide excellent amenity for the surrounding residential land - especially the unit/apartment developments along Hope Court, Grace Court and Vaughan Crescent - all of which is adjoining land. FREEWAY BUFFER ZONE Unlike so much of Boroondarra, Manningham, Whitehorse, Banyule and Maroondah, the freeway in this area has a particularly tight buffer zone. What little land there is would surely be best suited to parkland. WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT THE PARKLAND IDEA* Links existing parkland* An opportunity to extend the existing network of walking/cycling trails * Does not encourage trucks into the area * Does not encourage advertising * Improves the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. * A win for the environment (more open space, increased flora and fauna, etc).* Complimentary to the adjoining residential land* Complimentary to historic Willsmere (originally it occupied all of the surrounding lands - a total of 340 acres). 

Adam Dean
472 supporters