Rising anger over project

Carine residents Adam Frediani and Bruce Rintoul in front of the seven-metre high retaining wall. Picture: Marcus Whisson d411771
Carine residents Adam Frediani and Bruce Rintoul in front of the seven-metre high retaining wall. Picture: Marcus Whisson d411771

Adam Frediani, who lives close to the Carine Rise development, said although there had been some public consultation, nearby residents were scratching their heads as to how a 7m high wall was built without them being made aware.

‘They’re really cagey about it; you go in there and have a look, and you’re not allowed to have a copy of that, you’re not allowed to see this,’ Mr Frediani said.

‘I personally don’t think anybody in the community was ever made aware that the ground level along that western boundary would be four metres higher and there would be a seven metre retaining wall.’

City of Stirling planning director Ross Povey said the process followed council guidelines, and the consultation process had been as open and detailed as possible.

‘The structure plan showed exactly the location of where the retaining walls would be constructed and this structure plan was approved by council in May 2012,’ Mr Povey said.

‘With regards to the claims of not enough community consultation, this was shown as part of the structure plan last year and this went to community consultation prior to the matter coming before council for a decision.’

Mr Povey said the council approved the retaining wall in July.

Mr Frediani said it was obvious the developers had raised the ground level in order to stay within council restrictions of four storeys but still gain ocean views.

‘It’s very obvious they’re trying to pop up over the Star Swamp to get the ocean views,’ he said.

‘They’re going to be so high and for them to go and whack four metres underneath it and then a seven-metre wall is just not sympathetic to the area.

‘The way they’ve done it, I think, is very underhanded.’