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Response to Unchain St Kilda on the St Kilda Triangle Crown land development

My reply to Anna Griffiths of Unchain St Kilda:

> > 3. What is the main purpose of Crown Land?

3. Crown Land is an unfortunate accident of
history. Local residents and the general populace
would be better served by mechanisms of private
ownership.

Such private/public parks are a
feature of many of the worlds great established
cities. A common complaint is where land now used
for local recreation and aesthetic backdrop, are
then converted in whole or part by government that
sees a 'big picture'.

If the land belonged to local residents then it
becomes a simple matter of neighbours resolving
what they want from their own 'backyard'.

Outside of ownership of a limited set of spaces
for parliament, the courts and some existing
civic monuments - all land should be alienated to
local or individual ownership.


> > 1. Do you support the current proposal for the St Kilda Triangle
> > Crown land site?
> > ? If yes, why?
> > ? If no, what would you change? Would
> you support a reduction by two thirds?

1. I don't know enough to make a definitive
comment. But the mechanisms by which the present
proposal has been reached seem un transparent and
where possible - subject to review.

No public monies, nor any ongoing commitment to a
development can be allowed as that would be an
immoral use of public monies for private gain.

No statement regarding half, two thirds of 99 and
39/100ths % are appropriate outside of a need for
the proposal to be transparent and for no public
monies or public undertakings to be a part of the proposal.


> > 2. If you are elected, how would you manage the rejuvenation of the St
> > Kilda Triangle Crown land?

2. Subject to any binding contractual
undertakings already entered. The development
site should be subject to open tender. Ideas and
mechanisms for the purchase of certain rights
over the site may be an option in the transition
from public land. (perhaps sell off a caveat
regarding building height to residents - giving
them positive control by contract, rather than
the vagaries of planning controls)

>
> Dear Albert Park Candidate,
>
> Unchain St Kilda is a loose coalition of residents and traders brought
> together by our mutual dislike of the current proposal for the St
> Kilda Triangle Crown land development. We are not against some
> development on the site. No doubt, such a beautiful seaside location
> cannot remain alienated as a concrete car park. However, we disagree
> that the only solution is to turn it into a shopping centre and
> nightclub precinct.
>
> Our members see the aliention of public land as an important local
> issue in the forthcoming Albert Park District by-election. Your
> answers to our questions, below, will be collated with those of other
> candidates and circulated to our mailing list to help people make an
> informed choice at the ballot box. Thus it is important that you
> respond by COB on Wednesday, 12 September. If we do not hear from
> you, we will note a 'no response' next to your name.
>
> Our questions:
>
> 1. Do you support the current proposal for the St Kilda Triangle
> Crown land site?
> • If yes, why?
> • If no, what would you change? Would you support a reduction by two thirds?
>
>
> 2. If you are elected, how would you manage the rejuvenation of the St
> Kilda Triangle Crown land?
>
> 3. What is the main purpose of Crown Land?
>
>
> kind regards
> Anna Griffiths