Constituency questions: Elsternwick High Rise

Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) (11:52:52) — (14 131) My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, many residents in Elsternwick have expressed concern over the impact of overdevelopment on their local amenity and livability. The Elsternwick structure plan projects a 20 per cent increase in population and responds to the expectation in your government’s Plan Melbourne: Refresh that will require 22 000 residents to be accommodated in Glen Eira in the next 15 years. The plan, which has been approved by the council, will now go to a planning panel and ultimately you as the minister will be responsible for any changes in the Elsternwick precinct. As the structure plan outlines no measures to cope with this densification and will lead to the loss of established houses in the area, Minister, what is the government doing and what are you doing to prevent local families losing their homes and to protect the livability of Elsternwick and surrounds?