Oct 252011

Former Newport Timber Yard (6 Paine St) Development

Massive 43 unit development, 3 and 4 stories high.


Having previously been rejected by both Council and VCAT, the developer has made another application to council to develop this site.

Despite some minor changes the design remains essentially the same, but has now increased in the number of dwellings and height. The terrible impact on neighbourhood character, heritage, traffic, parking, and park amenity of this development remains the same.

This is what the developer wants to stick in the middle of our neighbourhood…

 You can view the application and plans here.

 If you oppose this development (and what it represents and sets precedents for) please support your neighbourhood by objecting to it as soon as possible, preferably before 10th November.


Here are some aids to objecting, select the most convenient. Each person in your household can submit their own objection.

PRE-COMPLETED OBJECTION (MICROSOFT-WORD or PDF) – containing the most pertinent points and you can use it as a reference for completing the blank objection form or submitting an objection on Council’s planning system (Greenlight), or submit the pre-completed objection form itself.

COUNCILS PLANNING SYSTEM for online submission, go to the bottom of the page for objection form. Review the above pre-completed objection document for assistance and text you might want to use.

BLANK OBJECTION FORM for writing your own objection.

FAX any of the above to 03 9932 1090, make sure you include the following information:
– Application number: PA1123425
– Site address: 6 Paine St Newport
– Your name and address.

POST any of the above to:
Hobsons Bay City Council – Corporate Centre

Town Planning Department (Mark Tenner)

115 Civic Parade
Altona VIC 3018

To speak with Council’s planner about this development, phone Mark Tenner on 03 9932 1157.

If you have any questions of us, please email info@protectnewport.com

Good luck everyone, and let the community’s voice be heard.

 Posted by at 8:58 pm
Oct 222011

Williamstown Ward Councillor Angela Altair invites residents to attend and/or make submissions at the upcoming budget deliberation meeting. Below is a copy of her invitation and PDF flyer.

This is an excellent opportunity for residents to have a direct say in the spend of 2012-2013 budget.

Budget Meeting

In a break from the past, Hobsons Bay City Council has opened up budget deliberations by giving people a much greater say early in the process, inviting public submissions for the 2012-13 Budget until the end of October.

To give you an opportunity to provide feedback in person, I am hosting a Williamstown Ward Budget Meeting:

Where: Williamstown Town Hall Supper Room

When: Monday, 24th October starting at 7.00pm.

Here is your chance to help shape Hobsons Bay’s $100 million annual budget.

• What’s the fairest spend on roads, social welfare, libraries, parking?

• What’s the most pressing issue in Williamstown Ward?

• What big ticket items should we be planning for the future?

Your input will help me when Council budget discussions begin in November.

Budget information will be available and facilitators on hand to aid discussion. Written submissions can also be collected on the night. Tea and coffee will be served.

For details and to RSVP, email aaltair@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, visit www.facebook/councillor.angela.altair or call me on 0419 762 267.

If you can’t make the meeting, download a submission form at www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or drop into the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona or any Hobsons Bay library branch.

Flyer: Budget Meeting (PDF)

 Posted by at 4:53 pm
Oct 142011

Council is in the process of advising residents about the new application to develop 43 dwelling (3 and four stories) on the timber yard site at 6 Paine St Newport. And the signs are posted on the site.

Information and advice on objecting will soon be posted on this site, but if you wish to discuss making an objection please email info@protectnewport.com

Additionally, we will be looking for volunteers to assist in the coming weeks, if you have some time, info, expertise, or resources to offer, please email info@protectnewport.com


Plans for the Newport Timber Site are now available at:



 Posted by at 8:21 am