Below we present a series of facts and leave readers to draw their own conclusions.

  1. In 2005 the Auditor General reported that Glen Eira’s drainage system was well below par
  2. In February 2011 many parts of Glen Eira were under flood – particularly in Carnegie, McKinnon, Murrumbeena and Ormond areas
  3. The Caulfield Village development is the largest ever to take place in Glen Eira. The drainage plans indicate a coefficient of 1 meaning a 100% runoff (or 100% impermeable surfaces).
  4. Council’s drains surround the Caulfield Village site and not Melbourne Water. The latter has indicated that their drains (primarily one through Caulfield Park) will not cause ‘environmental damage’.
  5. The Caulfield Village land slopes down from the Smith St area towards Caulfield Park and Dandenong Road and there are two primary catchments involved. Sections of the land and its surrounds have been declared as a flood zone and are therefore subject to a Special Building Overlay.
  6. In the past 18 or so months there has been a frenzy of activity surrounding the Caulfield Village site. Many of these drainage projects have been through public tender and listed in the in camera items at council meetings. Others have not since the CEO has the delegated authority to grant contracts for drainage up to $750,000. The recent Stanley Parade works were stated to cost $490,000 – but this is only for Stage 1. Presumably there is also a Stage 2, and perhaps a Stage 3. The final cost is thus unknown.
  7. The Caulfield Village development proposes to largely install 300 mm diameter size drainage infrastructure that will then meet up with council’s drains
  8. The map below indicates all known drainage works that have recently taken place around the Caulfield Village development

drainage works

The cost to ratepayers is itemised below:

ADDRESS

COST

DIAMETER OF DRAINS

Caraddock Ave/Keverall Road $914,532.80 inclusive of GST 1800 mm
Halstead St $812,399.50 inclusive of GST 600 mm
Stanley Parade $490,000 (Stage One) 1200 mm
Ward Avenue Unknown (tender closed 20th September 2013) 1200 mm
Hudson Street $876,970.82 750 mm

Below is a photo of the drains going into Keverell/Hawthorn Rd

hawthorn 9. Proposed Caulfield Village drainage

proposed drainage scheme

10. Results of increased impervious surface (from Wikipedia)

Natural_&_impervious_cover_diagrams_EPA

11. Yesterday (February 27th) saw the gazetting of Amendment C99 which declared a Parking Overlay for Student Accommodation. The parking overlays apply to most of the above streets and have the potential to be approved in ALL HOUSING DIVERSITY AREAS. There is no visitor onsite car parking provision and for some areas the onsite parking formula is 0.3 spaces for each ‘bed’. The Amendment was first requested by council in March 2013 under Section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act – meaning ministerial approval and no public consultation or right to object.

PS: The Section 173 Agreement between Council and the MRC originated in November 2010 according to the draft contained in the minutes of April 2011. The Agreement specifies that council does not have a Development Contributions Levy in its planning scheme. It must be noted that the Development Contributions Levy was gazetted and removed from the Planning Scheme on the 8th September 2011 – 5 months after the C60 decision was made and nearly 18 months following the draft Section 173 agreement. Therefore, did the MRC know more than residents?

PPS: we’ve uploaded a paper that was delivered at an international conference in December 2011 where Glen Eira was the ‘case study’. Particular attention should be placed on the table provided on page 6 of the paper. Needless to say none of this information has been made freely available to residents. Readers can upload the document HERE