24 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Jane Robertson, Wollongong City Council,

Preserve Our Heritage Precinct Wollongong

We the undersigned have an interest in the future of Wollongong, particularly the built environment: This proposed building, the subject of the DA 2019/1008, is located in the highly prized heritage precinct around Wollongong Harbour/Belmore Basin, Old Court House, Market Square, St Mary’s College, and Illawarra Museum.  The proposed development, with its bulk, scale, appearance, and height of 24 meters, as you look south from Flagstaff Hill and Brighton Lawn or north from Market square, will be regarded as a blight within this highly prized heritage precinct. A height restriction of 16 metres through this recognised corridor ensures the visual amenity is in keeping with the Heritage Precinct as described by both the Council’s Development Control Plans, and the State Government’s Harbour Master Plans.   Harbour Street East is part of the Heritage Trail Walks and it is essential that its character as low-rise, tree-lined and set back from the road is maintained. Wollongong is now an international city, and tourism is a growing and valuable industry. The proposed development height of 24 metres (eight storeys for only 6 units) will detract from the enjoyment of this Heritage Precinct both for visitors, and the many residents in and near Wollongong who use and frequent these areas. The integrity of this most important and historical precinct in Wollongong must be preserved. Approval for a three-storey development, no more than 16 metres, should now be considered by Council.

Simone Hearty
295 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Moonee Valley City Council, Planning Minister Richard Wynne

Moonee Valley Council, please save this historic 1880s property from demolition

This large, visually impressive Victorian-era weatherboard home at 81 Charles Street, Ascot Vale dating to around 1890 faces demolition after Moonee Valley Council removed heritage protection from the property in 2010. This is exactly the type of highly valuable heritage property that the community expects our Councils to protect. The building is a sizeable triple fronted weatherboard with an impressive wraparound front verandah featuring original Victorian lattice and large front bay window, and it is remarkably well preserved for a building of this period. It’s on a large block that also boasts significant vegetation, and it contributes enormously to the overall heritage value of the streetscape. The properties in Charles Street have not then been properly assessed by Council for significance in their own right after being removed from the precinct overlay. The building at number 65 Charles Street, that is younger, smaller, and clearly less significant than the property now facing demolition is currently awaiting approval by the Planning Minister for a heritage overlay. All we ask for is some consistency and certainty in the way heritage rules are actually being applied in Moonee Valley. If 65 Charles Street deserves protection, then so does number 81. We call on Moonee Valley Council to take the urgent action necessary to protect this property, or face the community’s outrage at the next round of Council elections.

Moonee Valley Heritage Action
3,318 supporters