Blackburn Bushland

Despite 400 trees and scrubland at 131-173 Central Rd being classified as containing the endangered “Valley Heathy Forest” this may soon be destroyed under multi story apartment buildings.
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Residents Action

Find out more about the development and what you can do to help us oppose the development on Central Rd, Blackburn.

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Group

The Blackburn Bushland Resident’s Action Group was set up to fight the proposed development of Central Rd Bushland by the Seventh  Day Adventist Church.

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Forum Update

Whitehorse council received over 160 objections, which highlights the community opposition to this type of development.
A consultation forum was held on 29 October. The developers made it clear that they had no intention of responding to community concerns and plan on proceeding with an unchanged design. The residents highlighted the many shortcomings of the development and it was evident the developers did not considered the needs of the local area, as evidenced in the design and placement of the buildings and the removal of the vegetation corridor to Blackburn Lake. The lack of sympathy to local residents was emphasised when pedestrian safety was raised and the developers placed the onus back onto individual drivers, dismissing residents’ concerns.
Councillors will vote on the development in 2014.

A separate planning application (WH 884) has also been lodged to increase the capacity of the existing church on Central Rd from 200 to 330 people. This is on top of the proposed auditorium which will hold 350-400 parishioners. The total capacity for the SDA church will be over 700 people if both proposals are successful.

Welcome to BBRAG

The Blackburn Bushland Resident’s Action Group was set up to fight the proposed development of Central Rd Bushland by the Seventh  Day Adventist Church.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church have submitted a town planning application to develop some of Victoria’s rarest bushland opposite Blackburn Lake with six apartment buildings ranging from 3 to 5 storeys high housing 151 apartments and underground parking.

The development also includes an Assembly Hall for 350 people, a Convenience Store, Food & Drink Premises plus linking roads and additional car parking.

The Blackburn Bushland Residents Action Group considers that the environment, the character of the Blackburn Lake area and the streetscape of Central Road will all be adversely and irreparably affected by this proposed development.

The Blackburn Bushland Resident’s Action Group was set up to fight the proposed development of Central Rd Bushland by the Seventh  Day Adventist Church.

The site has an Environmental Significant Overlay and a Significant Landscape Overlay over it and contains critically endangered Valley Heathy Forest of which only 300 hectares remains. This land also acts a vital habitat link in the Blackburn Lake – Gardiners Creek ecosystem.   Around 80 mature trees will need to be removed for this development, which ignores the environmental protections that have been placed on the site by both State and local government.

The character of the neighbourhood will also be badly affected, with 2 of the buildings facing Central Rd, only metres from the road, and buildings massed almost continuously along the western boundary.  We do not believe that these buildings are appropriate in our leafy residential area.

Access to the new development is proposed via the existing site access off Central Road that is already a point of conflict with students from the 3 local schools.  The development will significantly increase traffic at this point and along Central Road.

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