A development application for a six-storey block of flats in Trafalgar Street Woolgoolga has sent shockwaves through the local community.
Northern Beaches Residents Association (NBRA) President Ray Willing says the proposal is the kind you would see on the Gold Coast.
“The building is completely out of scale with the adjoining single and two-storey dwellings in terms of height, bulk and massing and would block views for all surrounding properties and dominate the landscape.”
Coffs Harbour City Council has requested the developers erect scaffolding to demonstrate the height of the building.
“The scaffolding has been dubbed the Twin Towers by locals and it already dominates the skyline of Woolgoolga.
“However, despite their foreboding and ominous nature, they only represent the lowest point at the rear (southern end) of the proposed high-rise building.”
The estimated cost of the work is $3.8m and the application is currently on public exhibition.
The proposed Trafalgar Street development is the latest in a line of development applications that the NBRA sees as evidence that developers are trying to exploit delays in enacting the Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan to push through developments that are completely at odds with the seaside village character of Woolgoolga.
Mr Willing says the latest proposal is the thin edge of a very unwelcome wedge.
“It could set a dangerous precedent and many in the community are worried that Woolgoolga will very quickly become another version of the Gold Coast.”
The Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan was agreed by residents and unanimously adopted by Council.
It sets the height limit for developments in Woolgoolga at 11 metres to preserve the character of the town.
“This proposed development greatly exceeds that limit,” Mr Willing said.
“Woolgoolga residents should not have to pay for Council delays in having the Master Plan enacted. Council should reject this application and any others that fall outside the limits imposed by the Master Plan.”
He says to do otherwise would be a breach of faith with the residents who worked so hard developing the plan with Council and that most residents are not opposed to development but want it to be in keeping with the character of the town.
For more details on the proposal go to Council’s DA tracker and search for the number 0888/20DA
Walker Corp is developing the $3.2 billion Parramatta Square in Sydney’s west and owns one of Melbourne’s newest Docklands office complexes, Collins Square, which was recently awarded the Rider Levett Bucknall Victorian Development of the Year.
Mr Walker said tenants moving to A-grade offices with large floor plates outside of CBD centres – where rents are one third of their central city counterparts – will reinforce demand in commercial precincts like Parramatta.
Face rents – which don’t take into account incentives offered by landlords to tenants – in Australia’s major CBD office markets have held firm despite weaker market conditions, according to CBRE’s latest third quarter Office Market Snapshot.
But the tide is expected to turn as a swathe of COVID-affected tenants move out of their offices boosting the amount being offered in the sublease market, CBRE’s head of office occupier research Joyce Tiong said.
“Overall tenant demand remains weak and, with sublease vacancy exceeding previous peaks, we may see face rents start to fall as incentives continue to rise,” Ms Tiong said.
The average rent per square metre in Sydney’s CBD is about $1265. In Melbourne it is $648 per sq m. In Parramatta, it sits around $700 per sq m for premium-grade offices. The Property Council of Australia puts Parramatta’s vacancy rate at 4.5 per cent, but within premium-grade buildings it’s 1.2 per cent: the lowest in the country.
“We’re seeing a tremendous amount of inquiry from big corporations that are wanting to move out of the expensive space and relocate to the satellite precincts,” Mr Walker said.
I’m not one to make too many predictions … but I just feel the more high-priced office space will have their challenges whereas the economic space will be in demand.
Lang Walker, Walker Corp chairman
In Melbourne, still struggling under a harsh lockdown, Walker Corp has offered rent relief to its retail tenants as the pandemic is “no fault of their own,” Mr Walker said.
“I think there is a lot of alarmists out there,” Mr Walker said, when discussing how quickly the virus spreads and the fear it causes, before adding: “Well, [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andrews is an expert on that”.
“In Melbourne, we’ve been fortunate and very quick off the mark to give rent relief to our retail tenants but the big commercial tenants have been very responsible in paying their way,” he said.
Walker Corp’s major Melbourne tenants include Commonwealth Bank, MLC, Transurban, KPMG, Mars Foods, Tabcorp, NBN and Maddocks.
Mr Walker’s Parramatta Square in Sydney is one of the largest urban renewal projects under way in Australia. It is a three-hectare city precinct with office towers and a new retail and upmarket restaurants, including Maurice Terzini’s CicciaBella and LILYMU run by executive chef Brandon Fong.
In a prescient move late in 2017, Mr Walker switched development plans for a tower earmarked as residential into an office skyscraper. It is now close to being fully leased and will house 4200 state public servants across 43,800 sq m after winning key tenant Property NSW in a tender.
“We remain in discussions with a number of major companies who are looking to relocate to Parramatta to reduce accommodation costs and travel time,” he said.
Carolyn Cummins is Commercial Property Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Victoria’s hard lockdown of some of Melbourne’s most vulnerable residents last month left the community feeling anxious, fearful and as if they were being “treated like criminals”.
A number of residential tower blocks were suddenly shut down on July 4
Submissions to an ombudsman’s inquiry show residents were traumatised by the shutdown
A community organisation said the heavy police presence stigmatised communities that already felt marginalised
The chaos and confusion at nine public housing towers is detailed in reports to a Victorian Ombudsman inquiry, revealing residents slept rough in their cars, ran out of food and supplies, while others reportedly self-harmed.
7.30 has obtained two legal submissions by the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre and Inner Melbourne Community Legal which are now representing residents.
“The extreme police presence was re-traumatising for residents with lived experiences of war or persecution, and stoked racist community sentiment that further stigmatised already marginalised people,” according to Inner Melbourne Community Legal.
‘Extreme stress and anxiety’
On July 4, hundreds of police were deployed to contain residents in Flemington and North Melbourne for at least five days.
The lockdown was later lifted except for residents at 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne, who couldn’t leave their homes for a further nine days.
“Throughout the lockdown, the inability for people to leave their homes for any reason caused extreme stress and anxiety,” Inner Melbourne Community Legal said.
It said there was a lack of access to medical treatment including “immediate access to life-saving medication” and “vital medication for chronic mental health issues”.
Residents were “confronted by other residents’ deteriorating mental health when they could hear them screaming from their homes or in the corridors”.
According to the submission, COVID-19 spread through families because they were unable to isolate in “severely overcrowded conditions”, while some who were unable to return to the towers were left temporarily homeless, having to pay for their own hotel accommodation despite “facing severe financial hardship”.
In some cases, Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was disorganised and unresponsive, with some residents calling the dedicated phone hotline but failing to hear back for days, if at all.
Lockdown triggered ‘unimaginable trauma’
Girmay Mengesha is a member of the Ethiopian community in Flemington, and he questions the way the lockdown was handled.
“The way the Government conducted themselves was very, very wrong,” he told 7.30.
“Most of the community members in this area are people who have escaped a traumatic experience back home so they don’t have a good understanding or acceptance of police.
“They escaped torture, they escaped kidnapping.
“The trauma that was triggered was unimaginable.
When the lockdown happened, Mr Mengesha took it upon himself to help translate public health messages from English to the local languages, Amharic and Tigrinya.
He said the Government’s initial communications that provided crucial information about infection control were in English only.
The Government has now put up new signs but other languages were not immediately apparent — residents must scan a code that directs them to a website.
“This is very cumbersome and very complicated,” Mr Mengesha said.
He hoped the ombudsman inquiry would lead to more engagement with the Government.
“The only way to move forward is together. You cannot decide everything for us, you have to talk to us,” he said.
‘Treated as if they were criminal’
Some residents were allowed out to exercise but only in an outdoor area enclosed by temporary fencing, which the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre described as a “prison yard”.
7.30 understands this was designed to manage infection control but the DHHS later decided it was not required.
“Our concern around that was why, again, were these people treated as if they were criminals,” said Daniel Nguyen from Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre.
Victoria Police has acknowledged that “the presence of police may have made some residents feel uncomfortable” but maintained the community response it had received was positive.
The DHHS said it would fully cooperate with the ombudsman and would carefully consider any recommendations it made.
Victorian Muslims have been creative this weekend as they celebrate the competition of Eid al-Adha.
Ordinarily marked with mosque visits and family get-togethers, the annual ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ is the previous of two annual holiday seasons celebrated by Muslims everywhere you go.
Melbourne people in the 9 towers matter to strict lockdown orders in early July home several associates of the Islamic faith.
On Saturday, there ended up 311 active scenarios throughout the North Melbourne and Flemington general public housing structures this means several people go on in isolation.
The Australian Muslim Social Solutions Agency, which has been tirelessly offering for citizens due to the fact stringent lockdowns were enforced, resolved at the very last moment to provide Eid items to each individual household.
Volunteers packed 1,500 baggage with traditional Middle Jap sweets, arts, crafts and toys and delivered them on Friday to all nine towers, including to the non-Muslim people.
We’re so grateful for the exertion and assistance from leaders at the Australian Muslim Social Products and services Company and to everyone who has donated products to North Melbourne residents in tough lockdown. pic.twitter.com/IW7t3nUJNJ
AMSSA Youth Hook up venture manager Abdiqafar Ururshe stated it was unique to see the pleasure on faces of the small children.
“Their mother and father had been just expressing ‘thank you so much for bringing Eid to our homes’,” he explained to AAP.
Eid al-Adha present luggage manufactured by youth volunteers for community housing inhabitants across 9 Melbourne structures.
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In pre-pandemic instances, up to 2,000 of these people would congregate downstairs from the Flemington towers for yearly Eid al-Adha celebrations, so a silent Eid had an ingredient of sadness.
But Mr Ururshe mentioned people’s attempts to continue to be house at this time have been an act of sacrifice for the better superior – a fitting parallel with the themes of the competition.
How’s this for wonderful local community spirit! ❤️Donations for the 3000 large-increase inhabitants in home isolation in Flemington and North Melbourne, gathered at Australian Muslim Social Products and services. They say it is been a battle with authorities to get it inside but it is underway now. pic.twitter.com/fnx5Mq4SX7
Muslims think the Prophet Abraham was analyzed by God who commanded him to sacrifice his to start with-born son Ishmail. Abraham showed his motivation to God by being organized to do as he was instructed. Rather, God advised him to sacrifice a lamb.
Eid al-Adha also marks the culmination of the hajj – a religious pilgrimage – to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The Preston Mosque community in the city’s north is embracing video clip conferencing for Eid loved ones capture-ups, the chair of the mosque constructing Moustafa Fahour OAM reported.
It was sad not to be in a position to show up at the mosque, but far more excellent time with family members was a plus, he said.
“It truly is portion of our faith to abide by these lockdowns to safeguard our local community and our country,” Mr Fahour explained.
The Islamic group in Bendigo in central Victoria is not yet topic to Stage 3 limits but restrictions on gatherings mean constraints on celebrations are the identical.
This Eid al-Adha, please enable gradual the unfold of coronavirus (COVID-19) by staying house and celebrating Eid-al-Adha with the people you are living with.
Group spokesman Heri Febriyanto claimed prayers and speeches have been broadcast to customers, numerous of whom are health care employees, via Zoom.
The Division of Wellbeing and Human Companies on Saturday urged Victorians to secure their group for the duration of Eid al-Adha.
“We have an understanding of this is a sacrifice for Victorian Muslims, but even though we may be physically aside, we can be spiritually connected,” Chief Health and fitness Officer Brett Sutton said.
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With officials failing to present ample meals or care to men and women residing in COVID-19 lockdown of general public housing in Melbourne, the occupation of wanting soon after the community fell to younger volunteers.
Very last week, many citizens in Melbourne’s community housing towers only discovered out they’d been forced into lockdown when busloads of police began appearing outside their windows.
Nor Shanino, a youth employee who grew up in one particular of the Flemington towers claimed his cell phone lit up. The Ubuntu Challenge, an advocacy organisation for African-Australian youth he’d just lately set up saw its Instagram follower depend swell, and its inbox was quickly flooded.
Shanino used the up coming 24 hrs liaising with officers and co-ordinating community organisations in purchase to reassure and notify inhabitants and make sure they ended up fed. He is slept about a few several hours a night for the past 7 days.
I was unsure what we nurses would experience at Melbourne’s public housing towers, which this week were put under total lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus and allow health authorities to complete thousands of tests.
Some media had portrayed them as being hostile places, rife with drugs and alcohol and, as I saw it, frightening to go to.
Residents had been shown pleading for help, food and basic supplies; there were reports of protests and a lot of anger.
Over the past few days, my colleagues and I attended the towers in Flemington and North Melbourne.
When I first arrived, there was a massive police presence and strict lockdown — my heart was in my mouth. I had never been exposed to public housing, violence or police incidents.
Media crews were set up along the roads and I was reminded of the news stories I had seen. We were guided inside to put on our PPE and began working our way along each floor.
We were assembled in teams of two nurses and two police officers, and each of us had a trolley containing everything we needed.
The trolley was part of our team, and we quickly became very protective of it.
At one stage we had to leave it downstairs while we took a drinks break in a different building. But when we got back, a box of gloves was gone.
From then on, for the next two days, we placed a piece of paper on it that read: “Fiona and Lisa’s trolley, please do not touch”.
I’m sure there was a psychological reason for this deep attachment we felt.
None of the residents I visited said ‘no’ to testing
We were given a list of the names of residents on each floor and worked our way through every apartment, continuing until they’d all been visited.
Testing was completely voluntary, yet not one resident said no. They were incredibly thankful, respectful and grateful for us being there.
After a while, we wrote our names on our gowns, as we were wearing full PPE and all they could see were our eyes.
The police stood back away from them and us, showing the same respect and kindness at every door we knocked on.
At every apartment, we asked: “Are you okay? Do you have enough food? Do you need any medication, is there anything we can do to help?”
There were some very simple requests: lactose-free milk, an onion and tomato, dishwashing detergent, sanitary pads and toothpaste.
We noticed bags and boxes of food which had been delivered in the foyers, under tents outside, outside doorways and inside rooms.
One man, with the biggest smile on his face, told us he had never had so much meat.
When each floor was completed, we went back downstairs to “doff” — remove our PPE in a particular way so as not contaminate ourselves or others.
Teams of paramedics were on hand to assist with every step. They possibly thought their job was insignificant, but it was just as important as ours.
One little break in our PPE and we could become the next source of community transmission.
With that weighing on my mind — not to mention the safety of my immediate family — I had never felt so anxious about doffing in all my decades of nursing.
The police were guided as well, and they, too, were grateful. I’m sure they were as anxious as we were.
Frightened faces and air kisses
We then cleaned and restocked our trolley, donned our PPE and set off again with a new list of more residents to test.
On the first day, as we were waiting to go inside, I looked up at the third-floor balconies to see lots of frightened faces watching us from behind the glass.
We sent them animated air kisses with both hands — they were delighted.
We continued to blow kisses backwards and forwards. It made my heart feel full, knowing they knew we really did care.
On the first day, 10 teams of us agreed to stay on beyond the end of our shift to try and get through all the testing.
We swabbed until 9:00pm — staying any later would have been unfair on the weary, anxious residents.
We were disappointed to learn there were still a couple of floors yet to be visited, but by then we’d done each building at the Flemington Road towers — an amazing effort by a team of dedicated professionals.
On Wednesday, we began at the North Melbourne towers, where we attended three different buildings. The lift in the first one was broken — we were meant to start on the 18th floor.
Lugging our trolleys, we climbed the stairs to the first floor, where we moved between apartments, testing. By the time we’d finished there, the lift was fixed.
Again, the residents were so grateful to be tested. They were worried for their health and that of their families. They proudly showed us their negative results, which were sent by text message to their phones. Some wanted to be tested again.
Most were worried about not being able to go to work and support their families or that they’d lose jobs entirely.
We encountered many parents whose partners had been locked out; some had nieces, nephews and cousins who’d been locked in.
These people had simple requests as well, and we were grateful to have a social worker with us who was able to arrange what was needed then and there.
I’m so proud to be a nurse
I left that day with a full heart thanks to all the “thank yous” and “I love yous” from the residents.
We were invited into many homes, and even offered tea and coffee. I went into a few rooms with elderly, frail people and young children (this was optional and only if we felt safe).
We felt like guests. I saw dozens of boxes of food and supplies.
I have so many wonderful memories of the past few days, all positive. I’d like the broader community to understand that sometimes media portrayals of what goes on are not necessarily true.
Despite suggestions otherwise, wheels are in motion to support these people — maybe things moved slowly at first, but from what I saw, lots of help is now on hand.
There are translators, social workers, support systems and many other resources.
I’m also very thankful and grateful to the team of incredible nurses who I had the honour of working alongside.
We have supported each other and together have made an incredible difference to many people’s lives, and served our community to the best of our ability.
I’m so proud to be a nurse.
One more thing: Please wash your hands, stay at home, and look after each other.
Lisa Peters is a registered nurse who works at a hospital in Melbourne.
As Victorian Leading Daniel Andrews insists the hard lockdown of nine community housing towers is not a punishment, people inside of say they are battling to accessibility crucial supplies.
Nine towers in Flemington and North Melbourne have been locked down since Saturday in an exertion to slow the distribute of coronavirus, with 3,000 residents not able to depart their apartments for any explanation for at the very least five times.
Mr Andrews reported thousands of foods, together with hundreds of toiletry packs and treatment packs for kids have been distributed to people.
The authorities is also offering bread and milk after the staples were being missing from hampers on Sunday.
Victorian Law enforcement officers and health and fitness personnel are noticed outside a public housing tower along Racecourse Street in Melbourne.
But some inhabitants have reported complications in obtaining all sorts of materials.
On working day three of the community housing estate lockdown, single mother Maima, who does not want to be identified by her entire identify, stated she arrived at breaking stage.
“I will not feel I can tackle it any more,” she explained to SBS Information.
“I am disappointed and angry. I wasn’t prepared at all.”
The mom-of-seven in one particular of the Flemington general public housing towers mentioned it has been particularly difficult to care for her infant without obtain to critical materials like nappies and fresh milk.
Workers in harmful substance overalls are observed outdoors of a community housing tower along Racecourse Street in Melbourne.
“We are in two bedrooms with eight of us,” she explained, even though comforting her crying 8-7 days-previous infant little one.
“They [the children] want fresh milk. They want toast. They want a normal daily life.”
She explained the youngsters have been residing off foods of Weet-Bix breakfast cereal – without having milk.
“I can’t maintain them fed any more … I you should not know how to describe. I failed to count on this.”
At 4pm, Maima said she received the 1st supply of meals supplies, soon after calling the health and fitness office hotline and sending 4 text messages.
But she said the family has nevertheless to be tested for COVID-19.
“We haven’t been examined. And the kids are acquiring annoyed. My sixteen-calendar year-outdated reported she does not want to be tested any more since she has been waiting [from] Saturday.”
Still left to right: Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Polly Graham, Mohamad Yusuf and Hannah Ibrahim say a selection of residents have however to get materials.
‘We’re sharing what we have’
The Yusuf family is in a neighbouring tower beneath lockdown.
Father-of-a few Mohamad Yusuf claimed inhabitants in the developing are sharing what supplies they have, but the anxiety of contagion is a continuous issue.
“We only have the provides we already experienced in the house on Saturday and now we are operating very minimal.”
At least 53 conditions have been linked to nine community housing towers under lockdown as the point out data its 20th consecutive day of double-digit expansion.
“I’m supporting out my elderly neighbours. Getting some information and facts to them. Getting some necessary things like sugar and milk to them. We are sharing [our supplies].
“The virus could distribute. But when persons you should not have ample essentials, we have to go out and share stuff. You are selling the spread of the virus.”
Polly Graham from the charity Brotherhood of St Laurence explained she has been fielding phone calls from distressed inhabitants who are trying to adapt to a lockdown they experienced no time to get ready for.
Ms Graham stated she has experienced to personally intervene to produce a late-night time offer of baby formulation for a mother who had operate out on Sunday evening.
In a different case, a mother was urgently seeking treatment for her son who has a condition which he has been hospitalised for many situations in the past 12 months.
“She was not capable to get drugs for her son. I experienced to call a community politician to get in touch with Daniel Andrews’ place of work and to beg him to get motion for this certain mom. And it was only this morning that she received the drugs. That is about 35 hrs soon after she started off begging for medication for her son. “
Require for culturally-acceptable meals
Whilst the point out govt stated it has been distributing foodstuff considering the fact that Saturday when the lockdown was introduced, some citizens have noted that some of the solutions had expired.
Group groups have stepped in to react to demand from customers.
President of the Australian African Affiliation, Nasa Ige, claimed local community customers have been sourcing culturally-proper food stuff from close by restaurants.
About 1000 Meals Bank hampers have been distributed to citizens in the locked community housing towers, but not everybody has received the materials.
Mr Ige said a big share of people in the public housing towers are refugees from war zones in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Eritrea.
“As a community, we are here to help. We converse to the people instantly and find out what they can try to eat.
“We generate down [what they can eat] and go to nearby East African dining establishments. We discuss to the proprietors and we ask can they cook dinner what these citizens can eat.”
The Victorian Trades Hall partnered with social company Moving Feast to offer halal meals.
Mr Ige said he has been aiding to co-ordinate the provision of materials and to deliver details for citizens who do not speak English.
Painkillers are 1 of the most asked for goods, Mr Ige stated.
Australian African Association president Nasa Ige says members of the local community have stepped in to provide translation and set up the shipping and delivery of foods.
Hannah Ibrahim in the Flemington general public housing towers stated she and other residents are more than joyful to be analyzed and are waiting to get examination kits.
But in the meantime, the absence of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser has built it distressing for residents who go as a result of shared spaces to collect foods still left in the foyer.
“We are much more than happy to be tested. We want this virus below regulate. Just not like this,” she stated.
Ms Ibrahim stated she would like much more methods directed to the provision of health employees, social employees and translators.
‘We are sitting ducks’
A further resident of a community housing making in Flemington reported she has been ready for information about when she can have her everyday treatment sent.
“We bought a single letter shipped this early morning telling us to keep in our models and at some point we would be tested and they have hung just one mask on our door,” Janine Kelly stated.
The 50-calendar year-previous has the lung condition emphysema, which leads to shortness of breath. She is anxious to hear much more regular updates.
She has tried calling the overall health office hotline relating to her medication, but nonetheless “hasn’t heard a phrase”.
Of the 127 new conditions in Victoria on Monday, 16 were being detected in the general public housing towers that have been locked down.
A box of food stuff was sent to her device just immediately after 5pm, but in advance of then there was “no meals, no guidance”.
“It’s not some thing that we can go ‘oh, certainly, it’s possible, no’ we are going to just wait around till you get it together. It can be horrific,” she stated.
“It can be scary to believe it is spreading … it’s like we are sitting ducks, I am terrified.”
She added that she hasn’t had the opportunity to do a coronavirus check as of Monday night.
“We just want responses, and all people is asking the same issue: where’s the test? You should, can you hurry up and get us analyzed.”
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