Thousands protest against massive housing estate in Melbourne
MELBOURNE: Hundreds of residents have gathered to protest plans for a massive housing estate in Melbourne’s south-east, claiming it will “ruin their suburb.”
Kingston Council received more than 8000 submissions regarding the proposed development at Kingswood Golf Club in Dingley Village – the largest number it has ever received for a single application.
Long-term resident David Madill, whose house backs onto the golf course, has been one of the most outspoken objectors.
“We were given a set of plans and said, 'this is what you're getting whether you like it or not,’” Madill toldA Current Affair.
“It's a failure of planning. It's a culture of developers believing that they can come in and do anything and then leave.”
Madill is an avid bird watcher, who often spends time in his garden feeding the many species of birds that nest in the trees that border his property.
He’s worried that despite the developer's promise it will plant more trees, the suburb will lose its precious wildlife.
“I don't think you can go to many other places and see thirty odd species of birds fly into your backyard and sit there and watch whilst you do some gardening,” he said.
“Despite what the developer says, we're going to lose them.”
The land was bought in 2014 by ISPT, on behalf of Australian Super, which has since applied to Kingston Council to have the land rezoned from special use to residential.