Members statements: Caulfield Electorate planning

Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — Although it will be a very merry Christmas and happy new year for many, it will not be for some residents in my electorate, particularly those facing overdevelopment issues. In Ormond at the North Road level crossing a 13-storey sky tower is proposed, with uncertainty for nearby residents. They were told nothing of this prior to the station redevelopment and woke up one morning facing this sad news. Bethlehem hospital is proposing an 18-storey redevelopment on Kooyong Road, and again residents are left with uncertainty around this. The Minister for Planning and the government need to step in and ensure immediately that residents have certainty around their future, their amenity and also these sky-high towers that are appearing in their neighbourhood.