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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION BELLERIVE OVAL:

DA 2017/505 - 15 Derwent Street, Bellerive: click here to view

 

The closing date for representations is 21 June 2018.

The DA has been submitted to Council under the guise of a consolidation of existing DAs. Within the 99-page DA a number of important changes and impacts for locals are hidden. 

Locals are concerned because of past actions of Clarence Council and Cricket Tasmania (TCA) in relation to Bellerive Oval.

Any person may make a representation about the application to the General Manager, by writing to PO Box 96, Rosny Park TAS 7018 or by email to clarence@ccc.tas.gov.au.

 

In addition, you can send your representation to Aldermen:

Doug Chipman: mayor@ccc.tas.gov.au
Jock Campbell: ald_jcampbell@ccc.tas.gov.au
Heather Chong: ald_hchong@ccc.tas.gov.au
Peter Cusick: ald_pcusick@ccc.tas.gov.au
Doug Doust: ald_ddoust@ccc.tas.gov.au
Daniel Hulme: ald_dhulme@ccc.tas.gov.au
Richard James: rjames@trump.net.au
Kay McFarlane: ald.kmcfarlane@gmail.com
John Peers: peersccc@netspace.net.au
Debra Thurley: ald_dthurley@ccc.tas.gov.au
Sharyn von Bertouch: ald_svonbertouch@ccc.tas.gov.au
James Walker: ald_jwalker@ccc.tas.gov.au

Things to include in your representation

Community Meeting 

Local residents hosted an information session on Sunday 17 June to discuss new changes proposed for the use of Bellerive Oval.

Clarence Council Aldermen and the General Manager were invited to attend and listen. The meeting was chaired by Rosalie Woodruff MP for Franklin​. GM Andrew Paul, Aldermen Peter Cusick, Daniel Hulme, Kay McFarlane, and Richard James, Cricket Tasmania board member Belinda Jeffries attended.

Information about the impacts of the new DA were provided by local residents. These include:

  • variation to parking

  • lighting

  • noise

  • changes use of venue (including concerts)

  • later finishing times.

Joanne Marsh addressed the community meeting:   

From its conception in the late 1980’s the relocation of the Tasmanian Cricket Association to the 15 Derwent St site has been problematic. The Aldermen, at the time, were promised and conveyed to the local community that there would definitely be no installation of lights at the site. This is clearly an early recognition that this site was unsuitable for large scale development because of its lack of infrastructure, close proximity to resident’s homes and the public open space of Bellerive Beach and Park.

In 2009 highly visually intrusive light towers with excessive light spill were installed after the community were duped into believing that they would be retractable. The option for retractable light towers was swept aside by the developer on economic grounds. This incident is part of a continual pattern of behaviour where the interests of the developer enjoyed priority over the interests of the local community.

The developer set out from the start to create the myth that they were the major stakeholders. They and their supporters have ferociously defended this stance against any criticism of their choices of behaviour. In my personal experience I have been called a ‘blow in’, a stalker when in fact I have been stalked. After making a complaint to the Police Integrity Unit the stalking ceased. On the day of the ‘Stop the Entrance into Bellerive Beach Park’ rally it was reported to me by a Mercury staff member that Tony Harrison currently a Cricket Australia board member had just told a media conference at the oval that I was a liar. As I was in the park preparing for the rally I was unable to respond to his claim. I have been threatened with legal action by Cricket Tasmania via a formal letter from a lawyer. I have received abusive phone calls and anonymous notes in my letterbox. I have not felt safe when sitting in the gallery or when making deputations at the Clarence Council Chambers. The local print media have not been consistently supportive of my work as a critic of Bellerive Oval working for the interests of the local community.

The term infrastructure investment of state significance has also been used to skew the balance when considering the amenity impacts of noise, light spill, litter, parking and traffic issues and pedestrian safety. The range of impacts on the local Bellerive community has not been allowed at any other major arena in Australia.

Cricket Tasmania in association with the Clarence City Council has made many incursions into the public open space of Bellerive Beach Park. Among the most serious was the felling of eleven trees to make way for practice wickets twenty four hours before a 1000 signature petition was to be submitted to Council opposing the loss of parkland. The Southern Stand now casts dense shadow over the narrowest central part of the linear park for long periods of the day throughout the year. Two rallies were held to inform the community about deceptive and misleading information about the planned major entrance into the park from the arena and later the proposal to install ten large openings in the basement that were not shown on the plan presented for public consultation. In 2015 the entire Bellerive Beach car park was conveniently relocated to Derwent Street and attached to Bellerive Oval on safety grounds. All these changes were against the wishes of the local community and users of the park.

I intend to persist in my work until justice for this community has been achieved. It is vital that the current culture of lack of transparency and obstructive behaviour that attempts to silence the voice of the community is eradicated. The Clarence City Council, Cricket Australia and state Labour and Liberal governments cannot continue to cover up the deficiencies of this arena.

I have been expressing concerns about the traffic and parking plan for large events at Bellerive Oval since January 2010 after the first game under lights. I questioned the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the plan in correspondence with the Clarence City Council and several other authorities. My concerns were usually referred to the Bellerive Oval Transport Plan {BOTP} Committee for review. Adjustments and treatments were trialled which did not improve safety of access and egress for residents and visitors, pedestrian safety and the occupational health and safety of police, traffic controllers, security staff and bus and taxi operators. My request for a resident’s parking scheme was ignored.

I have compiled a written, photographic and film record monitoring the traffic and parking plan. During monitoring in addition to parking and traffic issues three pedestrian safety hot spots were identified. The Church Street bus interchange and the Church St roundabout where high risk conflicts between pedestrians {including many vulnerable road users} and vehicles were occurring and the Alma St/Cambridge Road intersection when the lights are turned off at this normally controlled intersection. Motorists and pedestrians were put in a dangerous situation when attempting to exit Alma St or cross the road without police assistance. It took years of persistent complaints to a number of authorities before these high risk situations were improved. The buses are now caged in the upper end of Church St. The taxis have been relocated from Park St to Douglas St and two police officers now assist motorists and pedestrians at the Alma St intersection. Problems still remain when pedestrians conflict with buses as they enter Scott St post event. The traffic  controller here can very quickly be overwhelmed by a large crowd. The new Douglas Street taxi rank is not operating efficiently and at the most recent event all traffic exiting Alma St was directed back towards Bellerive village by police officers.

I believe that the current most important criteria for success of the traffic and parking plan is clearing the streets and establishing normal traffic flow as soon as possible. Pedestrian safety, occupational health and safety and local amenity has been compromised by this stance.

There are many variables that impact on the efficiency of the traffic and parking plan. Crowd numbers, international matches attracting more taxis, road accidents, bus patronage, the nature of the event and the resulting patrons. Parking and traffic management for under 14000 cricket or football patrons is the least problematic. Monitoring of the plan shows evidence that the occurrence of one or more of these variables causes problems that can very quickly result in chaos which affects safety and amenity in the area. The parking behaviour of patrons for the Nitro Circus event on 28th march 2015 resulted in a large number of parking infringement notices being issued when patrons obstructed a major shared community pathway in Alexandra Esplanade as well as other parking nuisances. This event also caused a major noise nuisance and littering showed evidence of widespread consumption of alcohol in public streets.

I believe that the reviews of the plan do not ensure its ongoing operational success and it does not provide adequate parking and transport solutions for large events both within and beyond the scope of the current traffic management diagram.  These are major arguments for not allowing the discretionary use of the venue for non- sporting events. I believe that variations in behaviour created by differing patron cohorts are unpredictable, difficult to manage and affect safety and amenity. I believe that this arena is one of the worst examples of flawed planning and decision making by responsible authorities in Tasmania. The decision to waive the 900 required parking spaces and the payment of $9,000,000 is extremely problematic and adds to issues experienced with non- sporting patrons.

The current Bellerive Oval Transport Plan needs to be withdrawn by the Council for thorough review including risk assessments and an extension of the scope of the plan. A resident’s parking scheme needs to be introduced. The efficient and safe management of buses, taxis and other vehicles needs to be established. Pedestrian safety needs to receive higher priority and the occupational health and safety of police officers, security officers and traffic controllers needs to be addressed. The community need to be confident that venue management and the Clarence City Council are getting the balance right in considering the interests of the local community, patrons and those attempting to support events at this poorly designed and located arena. We can have no confidence in the Clarence City Council or Cricket Tasmania’s willingness to make the changes necessary. In our written submissions to Council we need to strongly demand that discretionary non- sporting events are not allowed until the BOTP has undergone a major review that addresses all criteria and variables to ensure that it is an operational success and does provide the parking, transport, safety and amenity solutions patrons and the community expect.

1. Sign our petition
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3. Join our mailing list
4. Write a Letter to the Editor
5. Write to Mayor Doug Chipman
6. Write to Premier Will Hodgman
7. Attend a Council meeting
8. Support Planning Matters
9. Write to Robert Morris-Nunn
10. Talk with your neighbours!
Click on any of the above for direct links.  For information, hints and suggestions on what to include in your letter click here.
REMEMBER: You don't need to live in Bellerive to speak up for the appropriate development of Kangaroo Bay.  Make your voice heard! 
You can also write to Clarence Aldermen:
1. Write to Brendan Blomeley
2. Write to Heather Chong
3. Write to Luke Edmunds
4. Write to Richard James
5. Write to Wendy Kennedy
6. Write to Tony Mulder
7. Write to John Peers
8. Write to John Peers
9. Write to Sharyn von Bertouch
10. Write to James Walker
11. Write to Beth Warren
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