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From the Herald-Sun

This is slightly old, but just in case you missed it...


On the right track: Boroondara Residents Action Group president Ian
Angus and vice-president Mary Drost join Geoffrey Rush to display a model
design they support for the Camberwell railway station site.


Rush joins in as station gets a reprieve
Geraldine Mitchell, urban affairs reporter

ACTOR Geoffrey Rush joined in raucous applause and cheers from the public gallery last night when Camberwell railway station was granted a reprieve.

It was a far cry from the night Rush strolled on to the stage in Los Angeles to accept his Oscar eight years ago, but this victory was just as sweet.
Rush could hardly contain his excitement when Boroondara City Council voted 8-2 in favour of a low-scale development on the site and further talks with the State Government to protect the historic landmark.

The actor took a break from filming in the Caribbean and arrived home yesterday to attend the meeting. "I'm thrilled," he told the Herald Sun last night. "This deepens the debate and puts us high on the agenda.

"Camberwell has become a reference point for the planning dramas in Melbourne and this raises the stakes enormously.

"The Government has said they want to hear what people and residents are saying, and we've been able to articulate that with great passion.

"Now it's about small-rise, it's about a community-oriented symbolic showpiece."

The council will now seek a meeting with Transport Minister Peter Batchelor to discuss possible movement to the site of community support services and the Camberwell library.

The council was expected to consider two Urban Design Framework options based on community and mixed-use developments after extensive consultation with the State Government and community representatives.

But Cr Phillip Healey announced his amendment and called for the council to show its commitment to the community building aspects of Melbourne 2030.

"Council believes this is an opportunity for the State Government, in partnership with council, to demonstrate its commitment to the building aspects of Melbourne 2030 in showcasing a low-scale, community-focused, open-space outcome, which will assist communities across Melbourne to recognised that Melbourne 2030 is not only about multi-storey development," he said in the motion.

Rush, a member of the Boroondara Residents Action Group, admitted that the 18-month battle had been long and arduous but said he remained committed to the campaign to save the site from a large-scale development.

"It's taken time to alert the community to the complexity of the issue," he said.

"When they see my mug or Barry Humphries' mug on the television they could easily say 'oh, they're still banging on about the Camberwell railway station'.

"But the Government have been saying 'let us know and we will protect what you love about your neighbourhood'.

"Sixty per cent supported the community option and 80 per cent of councillors voted in favour tonight. The figures can't be wrong."
 

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celebrity nimby brigade eat your heart out!

what a joke, they should be tearing the bloody thing up and completely remodelling the track / platform layout otherwise it'll be an isolated station forever if those provincial imbeciles got their way.
 

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Camberwell Station was never under threat. The station was not going to be touched under any of the proposals.
 

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If anything it would be improving what is already there.
Far out, the place is not that special. WHat a joke some people are. Camberwell is boring, and this just shows it.
 

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The current proposal is great. The station is not going to be touched and it will bring life into a very ugly area full of open car park and train tracks. I hope the state government steps in and gives the whole development the green light.
 

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I just hope it doesnt set a precedent for other rail developments above stations. Geoffry Rush is being credited 4 having a huge part in scaling it back, do you think this is the case or was it the general groundswell of contempt from locals ??
 

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Grollo said:
Camberwell Station was never under threat. The station was not going to be touched under any of the proposals.
that is what i couldn't understand when the PATREC conference brought it up when one of the Melbourne guest speakers worte a paper on community consulting. i cannot remember her name but she is a local councillor in the Footscray area.
 
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