PS: Clearly the MRC and its associates do not like the negative publicity they are receiving. Their response? To pull the promo video from YouTube! As always, actions speak louder than words, and this action ‘screams’ louder than most!

Towards the end of this video we are informed that the Smith St. Precinct will now contain two 22 storeys in height. By the time the plans come in, no-one should be surprised if this becomes much, much higher. So much for Council’s 20 storey “height limit” that was announced with such fanfare years ago! We also have to chuckle at the gloating, phrase of ‘the might of the MRC’. There are also countless other ‘changes’ to what the Development Plan envisaged.

This ‘might’ and council’s total impotence and lack of trying perhaps, is brought out via another public question that was asked last Tuesday night. Residents should be told:

  • what has council done about this further breach of the ‘agreement’?
  • why has council remained silent on any aspect of the agreement for the past 3 years?
  • what ‘negotiations’, if any, have taken place between the MRC and council in relation to meeting the terms of the ‘agreement’?

The public question –

In June 2008, a Joint Communique was signed by the Melbourne Racing Club and Glen Eira Council which related to the use of Public Open Space in the Centre of the Caulfield Racecourse. With regards to relocation of training from the Caulfield
Racecourse, included in the Joint Communique, is the statement that; “The MRC will provide Council with an annual update on progress” Could Council please provide all annual progress updates received from the MRC since the Joint Communique was signed.

Council’s ‘response –

Council has received no updates.

The management of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Crown Land is currently the subject of a Performance Audit by the Auditor General for Victoria.