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Constituency question: North Melbourne community housing proposal

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Samantha Ratnam
Leader of the Victorian Greens
23 February 2022

My constituency question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and relates to the proposal for community housing at 3–15 Shiel Street in North Melbourne. I understand that authority to approve this development sits with the minister now rather than with the Minister for Housing as a result of amendment VC190 to the Victorian planning provisions. A number of residents in North Melbourne have concerns about this particular development, including the risk of overshadowing nearby Gardiner Reserve, which is an important and much-needed piece of inner-city public green space. While my Greens colleagues and I absolutely support the need for more community housing across the state, including and especially in our electorates, I am concerned that the hard-won planning controls that protect our green open space and facilitate public health and wellbeing are being overridden. Will you meet with residents to hear their concerns?


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Samantha Ratnam
Leader of the Victorian Greens
23 February 2022
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