Off to VCAT we go…
We will be requesting the hearing be brought to Ballarat as they have a VCAT room here and I have young children and some of the objectors are elderly or have caring responsibility’s so long days in Melbourne are difficult. Also a site inspection may be appropriate also. At present it is scheduled for 10am 55 King st Melbourne on 10th August.The hearing dates are August 10-11.
I rang VCAT and apparently under section 60 anyone can become a party to the proceedings or send a submission they don’t have to be an objector. However they address this on the day.
They do however have to get the details correct.
Firstly the cut off date for becoming a party to the proceedings is May 6th. they require your name and address, phone number.
You must provide a copy of your statement of grounds (eg. visual impact or detrimental to heritage character/cultural significance) to the 3 parties who are involved. and if you were not an objector state your reason to be involved. Eg. Just moved into/ built house in the area and weren’t aware of the proposed development.VCAT have said you can email, or send hard copy to the 3 parties, so I have added their email/address details.
1/Ballarat city council
- (PO Box 655 Ballarat 3353)
2/ King And Wood Mallesons (representing Telstra)
- (Level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne Vic 3000)
3/The VCAT (tribunal)
- (55 King St, Melbourne,Vic 3000)
The VCAT reference number is P430/2015
This number must be included with the email or letter.
Any concerns ring VCAT tel 96289777
So get your forms in, Telstra will highlight any irregularities so its important to ensure you have got the right forms. Unfortunately our view of VCAT is that its set up for lawyers and developers and that residents are not embraced, nor supported to be included.
So get in there Easties…