ST KILDA’s controversial $300 million “Triangle” site redevelopment has been given the go ahead, after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last night dismissed the claims of a protest group, unCHAIN St Kilda.
The group challenged the legal validity of last August’s council approval.
It said the development proposal was not properly advertised before it was approved, that the lack of advertising denied the group a chance to properly comment, and that the proposal did not comply with the local planning scheme. VCAT dismissed these, and two other claims, made by unCHAIN, ending a long-running attempt to shelve the project.
The St Kilda site will eventually make way for a $300 million retail and entertainment complex.
Former Port Phillip mayor Dick Gross told the Herald Sun “I am delighted with the ruling as it shows both that the Triangle decision is a good decision well made, and that the current council lied its way into power.
Current mayor Frank O’Connor said “The decision was simply a validation of the processes followed by the council in approving the Triangle development”.