report from the roundtable - 14 may
At this week’s council meeting we had to consider an application
for an ALDI supermarket in Monbulk. It came with it’s complexities, as is often
the case in the hilly and vegetated terrain of the Dandenongs.
I supported the application although had some concerns
about the configuration of the driveway entrance and the intersection of Baynes
Park Rd and the Emerald Monbulk Rd, as well as the removal of a significant
In speaking to the motion I talked about the point of
tension between those motorists turning right into Baynes Park Rd and those
motorists turning right into the site and my concern about the potential for
collision. Emerald Monbulk Rd is under the jurisdiction of VicRoads and the
configuration design has been approved by VicRoads. With additional negotiation
by planning officers the permit conditions provide greater clarity around the
turn lanes and where vehicles should drive by providing clearer line marking. I
was concerned that to refuse the application based on approval by VicRoads
would be impractical and an appeal on that basis would not be upheld at VCAT.
I was also concerned about the removal of a substantial
remnant large old tree, a Messmate some 28 metres high and 100cm diameter at
breast height (dbh). As part of reviewing the application VicRoads had imposed
a condition that the tree be removed to improve sight lines when exiting the
I asked the traffic consultant from GTA whether the applicant would be prepared
to further negotiate with VicRoads to get an outcome that would see the sight
lines improved and the tree retained. The consultant responded positively to
this proposition and with that I amended the motion to include that “Council
advocate to the applicant that they continue to work with VicRaods to
investigate alternate road safety options to enable the retention of Tree #15”.
There is no doubt that the addition of an ALDI
supermarket would be of great benefit to Monbulk and surrounds. The motion to
approve the application was supported unanimously by councillors (note Cr
McCarthy absent and Cr Cox left the chamber due to a conflict of interest).
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