We’ve received the following email regarding the draft Elsternwick structure plans.

Dear Residents,

Thanks to everyone who met with Councillor Clare Davey on Sunday.  It was a great turnout of 40+ residents.  The signs opposing the 12 storey rezone made an impact when we walked her through our community and she was shocked to hear about the lack of consultation.

KEY DATES:  Tuesday 27 February – Council vote on Elsternwick Structure plans Option 1 & 2.  We need as many people as possible to attend. 

FOR ACTION:  As a result of negative feedback, we believe council may be considering alternatives to Option 1 & 2.  This is our last chance to influence the plans.
Please contact ALL councillors and clearly request they vote NO to BOTH options on 27 February and tell them what you will be happy with.  (Note: all nine councillors get a vote).



  • Where possible, please consider calling them – this has the most impact as it connects the decision with real people.
  • Please also email all councillors (and CC City Futures department who developed this proposal: cityfutures@gleneira.vic.gov.au )


GIVE COUNCIL AN ALTERNATIVE BY DETAILING WHAT YOU WILL SUPPORT  (Below are EXAMPLE statements – please tailor for your own opinion….):

  • I ask you vote NO to BOTH options and I EXPECT you develop a more appropriate option (this time with proper community consultation).
  • I ask you spread the density in the correct place – right down Glen Huntley Road Activity Centres (up to 4-6 storeys).
  • I only want 1-2 storey HOUSE & TOWNHOUSE development in our residential streets in the proposed Urban Renewal zone.
  • I want commercial areas off Nepean Hwy to be restricted to 2-4 storey development (& preferably townhouses) in order to maintain our village feel.  If you can’t put forward an appropriate option for the car yards, then leave them commercially zoned.
  • I want MAXIMUM Height Limits (no ‘Recommended’ heights as this will be overturned at VCAT)
  • ALTERNATIVELY, I would be happy for council to buy up the commercial sites and give parkland back to the people.
  • I also note that of all the feedback submitted (and available on your website), less than 10 per cent provided feedback to say they were in support of the Urban Renewal Zone options.  I expect you to represent the interests of ratepayers in this community.



NAME & Contact details What they say about themselves
Mary Delahunty (Camden – Elsternwick)

Phone: 03 9523 9105
Mobile: 0427 970 879
Email: MDelahunty@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Strongly in FAVOUR of high rise proposal.
Joel Silver (Camden – Elsternwick)

Mobile: 0499 357 262

Priority is engaging with the community is Cr Silver’s
Encourages residents to be in touch on any matter.
Previously voted against Councillor motions on development matters.
Dan Sztrajt (Camden – Elsternwick)

Mobile: 0466 372 822
Email: DSztrajt@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Campaigned on sensible environmental sustainability, more open spaces, resolute objection to inappropriate development.
Nina Taylor

Mobile: 0466 372 809
Email: NTaylor@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Works for a not-for-profit organisation. Long-term commitment to meaningful community engagement.
Jim Magee

Mobile: 0427 338 327
Email: JMagee@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Jamie Hyams, Deputy Mayor

Phone: 03 9578 8314
Mobile: 0427 319 018
Email: JHyams@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Tony Athanasopoulos, MAYOR

Mobile: 0466 372 816
Email: TAthanasopoulos@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Born of two migrant parents from Greece and Italy
Margaret Esakoff

Mobile: 0407 831 893
Email: MEsakoff@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Committed to improving residents’ quality of life

Strong community involvement

Keen interest in all community issues.

Clare Davey

Mobile: 0466 469 776
Email: CDavey@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Traffic and Transport Engineer.  Affiliated with The Greens.
Rebecca McKenzie, Glen Eira CEO
Strongly in FAVOUR of high rise proposal.  Has also dismissed suggestions that council has not done a thorough, open and transparent consultation process.
City Futures department cityfutures@gleneira.vic.gov.au
All emails: MDelahunty@gleneira.vic.gov.au; JSilver@gleneira.vic.gov.au; DSztrajt@gleneira.vic.gov.au; NTaylor@gleneira.vic.gov.au; JMagee@gleneira.vic.gov.au; JHyams@gleneira.vic.gov.au; TAthanasopoulos@gleneira.vic.gov.au; MEsakoff@gleneira.vic.gov.au; CDavey@gleneira.vic.gov.au; RMcKenzie@gleneira.vic.gov.au;  cityfutures@gleneira.vic.gov.au


  • How long you have lived in Elsternwick and which street.
  • The Victorian state government’s policy is to “encourage local governments to review the purpose and function of individual centres, and revise local planning policies through structure planning for each of their activity centres”.  The proposed Urban Renewal Zone is outside Elsternwick’s activity centre.
  • Retailers in Elsternwick’s activity centre – right along Glen Huntley Road (and in particular near the corner of Glen Huntley & Hawthorn Roads – who recently petitioned the council on this point), want the higher density to be along the shopping strip – so residents will choose their shops and not drive to large shopping centres.
  • Key statistics on why such an excessive proposal unjustified.  When comparing Glen Eira to other councils:
  • Glen Eira has highest population density per hectare (2016 Census)
  • Glen Eira has overall highest building approvals for 2016/17 – with only 7% of these houses. (ABS).  Building approvals is almost three times higher than neighbouring councils.
  • Glen Eira has overall highest multi-unit approval 2016/17 (ABS)
  • Glen Eira has lowest open space provision per person
  • Glen Eira has third highest number of unoccupied dwellings (1,300)
  • Building approvals info was NOT included in the research & reports undertaken to inform the development of this proposal.
  • The Victorian state government highlighted Bentleigh and Carnegie for increased development in the activity centre NOT Elsternwick.
  • Elsternwick has 32 schools in a 5km radius – making it an ideal places for families.  It doesn’t make sense to re-zone for apartments which will not be able to cater for families.
  • This is one of the oldest parts of Elsternwick with long term residents who know and support each other.  It is the village feel you are seeking to create.  You can’t have a village feel if you build a high rise city.
  • There is no traffic impact assessment or traffic plan – and will create traffic gridlock in all streets going up to Glen Huntley Road shops.
  • The proposed park on the Holden site will be in complete shade if highrises are built around it.