Melbourne, Australia - Elsternwick Yeshiva School for 325 Students Rejected by Council
Melbourne, Australia - Some star power and an outpouring of opposition to a boys’ school opening in an Elsternwick street had the desired effect for residents.
Glen Eira Council last rejected plans for a three-storey Jewish school for 325 primary and secondary students in Regent St.
The council received 122 objections.
Before the meeting about 50 protesters from the neighborhood - including singer Kate Ceberano and Rick McKenna, the husband of Kath and Kim’s Gina Riley - voiced their concerns about traffic, noise and security.
Inside the chamber it was standing room only as councillors voted 7-2 against a planning report recommending a permit be granted.
Kate Ceberano’s mum, Cherie, said the outcome was “sensational”.
The large number of people moving through the small street during the proposed hours would have been “unreal”, Mrs Ceberano said.
The school’s hours were to be from 7am-6pm, six days a week, with some classes finishing at 9.30pm.
Applicant Network Planning Consultants lodged the plans on behalf of Yesodei Hatorah College, which leases rooms at the Elwood Shul Talmud Torah synagogue in Dickens St.
Resident David Willis was concerned the issue might now be appealed at VCAT.
With four schools within 600m, including Caulfield Grammar and St Joesph’s Primary, traffic was already “gridlocked,” he said.
“Having a school that size on a very small block of land is too intense,” Mr Willis said.
“To have a fifth school in there was clearly going to create more chaos.”
Mayor Steven Tang said it was a difficult decision.
“Everyone wants the best education for their children,” Cr Tang said. “Unfortunately in this instance the proposal didn’t fit with the site.”
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