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Oct 2009 – Mar 2010

Re: Dandenong design award listing Weren’t native Australian trees ripped out and replaced by pin oaks? Didn’t the previous pin oaks have to be ripped out because they have surface roots that were tripping up people? Aren’t the extra ground-level crossings creating extra traffic congestion on Princes Highway? Wasn’t parking reduced instead of expanded? Aren’t the ridiculous 13th-century cobblestones creating problems for more people than just the disabled? Haven’t the traders lost tens of thousand

of dollars? Even if an award was given, it would be tainted. I spent five years studying design, and folks, this isn’t it. Alan Hood (via web)

ties can bring to the table if given the opportunity. The city needs to create an open disability advisory committee so people with disabilities can have input at the design stage for future projects. Shaunagh Stevens (via web)

The awards’ director and developer architect would be wise to consult current users of the disastrous plan and have these users’ views about ease of access and safety for all consumers. People wheeling pushers and shopping trolleys as well as ladies wearing high-heeled shoes are among the majority of users who would not consider the development a gain for the disabled. Or should VicRoads and the City of Greater Dandenong wait for users to sue them for their injuries caused by the health hazard? We tend to believe we are living in the 21st century where our learning from past mistakes is used wisely in our developments. Neil Cameron (via web)

Cobblestones were a major source of complaint in the design of Federation Square in the centre of Melbourne, so why were they used in Dandenong? It’s about time the City of Greater Dandenong recognised the expertise that people with disabili-

Re: Land zoning in Dandenong Thanks to the Weekly for bringing this to our attention. Many residents and ratepayers feel let down and angry that changes to planning schemes — which affect all of us and change forever the nature of our streets, neighbourhoods and suburbs — come into being without our input. Please go to the state department of planning and community development website — news-and-events/news/have-your-say-on-zonesreform — and have your say. Tim Evans (via web)

Boat people About 200,000 Syrian refugees have fled into Jordan in the past 18 months. Australia had about 7000 boat arrivals in the past 18 months. Strewth ... we’re being flooded. Jim Reiher, Eumemmerring

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