Suburban sights in the lens for awards
Apartments on way: Plans to build apartments at the Mentone Hotel site remain in play. Picture: Gary Sissons
Two’s up for hotel site apartments Neil Walker firstname.lastname@example.org PLANS to build a four-storey apartment building alongside the Mentone Hotel building have been shelved in favour of a two-storey complex. Developer Paul Huggins, of Momentum Developments, lodged a new planning application with Kingston Council last month reducing the number of units in an apartment development to 13. Mr Huggins initially applied in 2015 to build 45 apartments at the site but council voted in March to limit any complex to two storeys in line with ex-
isting height restrictions along Beach Rd. The number of townhouses in the main hotel building will rise from 12 to 16 under the new planning proposal. The hotel’s exterior and the main internal staircase are heritage listed. Plans to include a food and drinks establishment in the lower level of the lower floor of the Mentone Hotel building have been dropped as part of the scaled-back development. Kingston Council advised a meeting between the developer and objectors to the latest planning application will be held next month and councillors will likely vote on the two-storey de-
velopment proposal before the end of the year. “Formal advertising of the application commenced on 19 September,” council planning and general development general manager Jonathan Guttmann said. “Public notice included four signs erected at the site and information on council’s website.” Submissions can be received by council until a formal decision on the planning application is made. Mr Guttman said 43 objections have been received to date and concerns include impact on existing neighbourhood character, overdevelopment, increased traffic and “a loss of a significant venue to the community”.
in for a Kingston Arts Lens Mist bus tour around sites of Kingston to find inspiration.” Bus tour places departing from Moorabbin’s Kingston City Hall are limited: n Friday 3 November, 10am n Friday 1 December, 10am Artists are encouraged to think creatively, be original and demonstrate technique. Twenty works will be shortlisted by a Curatorial Committee. The shortlisted images will be printed, framed, exhibited and will be eligible for one of three awards that will be displayed at Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival and at DFO Moorabbin. See kingstonarts.com.au for more details.
1 Bulli Street 2015 photographed by Michael Kluge.
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PHOTOGRAPHERS out and about in the suburbs of Kingston can win a share of more than $7000 in prize money in the annual Lens Mist photography competition. Now in its eighth year, Lens Mist has traditionally celebrated Melbourne’s stunning beaches and environment around Port Philip Bay, but this year is different. The Lens Mist Photography Award and Exhibition in 2018 is inviting artists to place the municipality of Kingston under the microscope and capture something they have never noticed before. “I encourage artists of all ages and abilities to go on a journey and discover your local suburbs and the unknown places within them,” Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said. “You have the opportunity to book
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