Tuesday, December 30, 2008

burrinja gets the go ahead

More good news locally, VCAT have handed down their decision for the Burrinja redevelopment and it’s all systems go for the new performing arts centre. There have been a couple of changes to the permit conditions, but on the whole it’s full steam ahead for a new performing arts centre for the hills. I have been a long time supporter of the project and worked hard to see it come to fruition. I can’t wait to see the start of construction, it’s been a long time coming and a dream of many.

I congratulate all those in the community who have fought long and hard to get this project off the ground, who have negotiated all the hurdles and stayed true to the vision of a performing arts centre in the hills, that vision is now a reality.


1. In permit application no. 307/2007/06P, the decision of the Responsible Authority is varied. A permit is granted and is to be issued for the land at No. 18 Matson Drive, (Lot 1 PS407085), Upwey. The permit will allow the use and development of an auditorium (place of assembly), a reduction in car parking, buildings and works, and removal of vegetation in accordance with the endorsed plans. The permit is subject to the conditions contained in Appendix 1 to these reasons.

Margaret Baird - Senior Member
Geoff Rundell - Member

(for more details on the VCAT decision follow the link above).

The young songwriters perform their works at the Burrinja Cafe in 2008. Burrinja provides many opportunities for young and emerging artists in the hills, the addition of a performing arts space will increase the opportunities for performance without having to travel off the mountain.

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