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Building’s height shot down Continued from Page 1 Cr Aitken said he was disappointed that he had only seen the final designs for the project “three or four weeks” before the meeting. Cr Kris Bolam said that Playne Street “could do with some economic rejuvenation” but voted in favour of refusing a permit to the developer. “The developer hasn’t adhered to council’s expectations,” he said. Cr Quinn McCormack also voted in favour of a refusal. She said that the “project before us is set to be a social enterprise” but that it had “fundamentally missed something”. “The community creates the planning controls in the city centre,” she said. “It is plain to me that there has been an overriding of the preferred planning provision.” Mr Smith told The Times he had “reached out to councillors to set up meetings.” “Three councillors had spoke to me, and none of those had heard the full proposal,” he said. “Council staff have been brilliant, the planning team and economic development team have all been outstanding in supporting us.”

Tall order: Concerns about the height of a proposed development in Playne Street has led to council voting to refuse the developer a permit.

Top of the class: Frankie’s Cafe graduates Courtney Anderson, Tristan Robertson, and Jarrah Dawkins. Picture: Supplied

Upgrades coming up for cafe UPGRADES are on the menu at Frankie’s Cafe. Frankie’s Cafe hosts Cafe Creations, a 10 week program aimed at teaching young people out of schooling and employment skills to help find them work. The volunteer program has had two batches of graduates so far. Frankston councillors voted to “include the installation of bi-fold doors and a servery with supporting HVAC system at Frankie’s Café at the Frankston South Community and Recreation Centre, to be referred for

consideration in the 2020/21 Capital Works budget to increase the capacity of the training cafe for the benefit of the trainees, their customers and the centre to offer social inclusion programs.” Those works are estimated to cost $150,000. Cafe Creations graduate Courtney Anderson made a submission to council calling for them to help out. “This funding would make using the appliances safe,” she said. The program’s third lot of participants are set to graduate on 6 August.

Sages Cottage graffiti ‘distressing’ Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au WALLARA clients at Sages Cottage were “devastated” to see the sign at their front gate defaced with graffiti last week. Wallara Australia hosts programs for people with disabilities at the Baxter site. CEO Phil Hayes-Brown said that clients at Sages Cottage were “puzzled, distressed, and upset” about their sign being defaced. “Our clients there take a lot of pride in the place. They are very proud of the farm, and have a sense of ownership around it,” he said. “The farm is increasingly popular, and we get lots of inquiries about it. We’d been planning to put up some buildings at the place, and all that seems very contrary to someone defacing signs out the front. We’re a not for profit, and we’ve have to incur expense to fix that.

“Our clients open their arms and doors to the community, it’s all at odds with someone vandalising the sign.” Wallara client Corey Paten, from Langwarrin, said “I’m sad and disappointed. It shouldn’t happen here.” Leah Cafarella from Mount Martha said “it made me feel sad, it’s not nice that people do that to our things.”

Not happy: Wallara CEO Phil Hayes-Brown with upset clients at Sages Cottage. Their front sign was defaced last week. Picture: Supplied

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