FERNTREE GULLY AGED-CARE FACILITY
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the proposed two storey, 12-metre-high aged care facility at 2–8 St Elmo Avenue, Ferntree Gully, within the Foothills residential area.
This massive structure will overlook many resident’s houses and backyards, resulting in loss of privacy, sunshine, hill views and is out of character with the local environment. Significant mature trees will be removed which can never be replaced and the facility will impact the creek cutting through the block, which is part of an important wildlife corridor, home to the Powerful owl, rosellas, Australian king parrots and kookaburras.
St Elmo Avenue already has traffic flow and parking issues and is the only exit for the two streets that run off it. This would become the only route out of the area in the event of bushfire or an emergency for 90 households. Trucks and trade workers would only cause more traffic chaos, with the two-year proposed construction timeframe. This would then be followed by staff and visitors of the proposed facility looking for regular access once it opens.
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The Foothills locals have always had a wonderful relationship with Glengollan Village, and the residents there will always be dear to the Foothills community. However, many locals fought hard and are proud of the seven-metre height restriction around the beautiful Foothills area and cannot comprehend why such a monolith is necessary for the sake of 12 extra beds.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to work with developers and the Knox City Council to consider rebuilding on the current aged care facility site or redesigning the proposed facility at 2–8 St Elmo Avenue, Ferntree Gully, to be a single level structure.
By Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (232 signatures).