Media release: CERES again faces challenge of huge development nextdoor


Despite being rejected by Council and VCAT last year, an even taller development has been proposed immediately beside the CERES Park main entrance. While this proposal is slightly smaller than the 2017 application, it is still six storeys, more than double the height of any other building in the neighbourhood, either existing or likely.

The developer has gone straight to VCAT to seek permission, without waiting for Moreland City Council to make a decision on their current permit application. CERES, surrounding neighbours, and lovers of Merri Creek are encouraging Council to support a robust refusal of the current proposal at VCAT.

CERES CEO, Cinnamon Evans says, “Since the VCAT hearing in 2017 Council has clarified that this site is not designated for intensive development, however the developer is pressing on as if it is.”

“We take issue with the scale of the development, which is even higher than the original proposal, and completely out of context for this neighbourhood and the abutting open space corridor.”

“It would tower over CERES and the Merri Creek valley.”

“We are also deeply concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using Stewart Street near the entrance to CERES, with the application estimating 300 vehicle movements per day to and from the project, right beside CERES main entrance – a location strongly criticised by the developer’s traffic expert at VCAT last year,” said Ms Evans.

The land is covered by a special Environmental Significance Overlay provision requiring that any development is respectful of the values of the Merri Creek Valley corridor and its environmental, landscape and recreational significance.

In its 2017 decision VCAT concluded that CERES is an important component of the Merri Creek Valley and that the proposed development would have a visible impact from multiple locations within the Community Environment Park.

“CERES is supportive of redevelopment of this land that is respectful of its low-rise residential and open space setting.” said Ms Evans.

“VCAT urged the developer to be responsive to this sensitive location. But this proposal is not the rethink we expected, just an adjustment of the plans rejected by Council and VCAT last year.”

“CERES offered to accept a compromise of a four-storey development. However, after considering this for some time, the developer has chosen to take the issue to VCAT in the hope of gaining approval for the full six-storey development.” she added.

By | 2018-08-07T11:12:25+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Board Updates|7 Comments


  1. Jacques Boulet August 8, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Not again…!!! If ever the concept of ‘development’ was misused, this proposal certainly beats a number of other ones which meanwhile have shown to be disastrous… when will people finally learn…???
    Jacques Boulet @

  2. Dr Brian Gilkes August 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I wouls withdraw thew offer of the 4 story building

  3. Ed lagzdin August 8, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    4 stories ? I remember arguing against 2 stories in Brunswick 35 years ago.
    Ahh memories

  4. PAMELA GILBERT August 8, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Ooooh got goodness sack, not everything in life should be driven by the “almighty dollar”!!!!! This is pure greed on the part of the developer, and stupidity, re the environment next door. (CERES)
    Hopefully, VCAT will make a reasonable decision.

  5. Catherine McLeish August 9, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Melbourne has to stop sprawling and this location is a wonderful sustainable place to live with all transport options, beautiful green space and services. I don’t think we should oppose these higher density dwellings but i think we should push for car -free apartments and no resident parking permits. Plenty of melbournians live car free now and this is the perfect opportunity to encourage that. That will knock some of the developer’s market out, but vcat should be considering the community impact above theirs.

    I hope it all works out well for ceres and others.

  6. Leanne Grogan August 9, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    This would be a disaster for your soil and your soul I trust VCAT will see that this proposal in this particular space and place is not sustainable!

  7. Nelly Morgani August 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I most certainly object to this development, it is destroying social cohesion amongst other things. It is only for a few to profit, grossly. The housing market is being manipulated by the irresponsible immigration policy. Those who are making these decisions are more than likely not impacted by their decisions. And they do not seem to care about the cost to humans, environment etc. This overdevelopment must be opposed.

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