The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) Practice Day Hearing for VCAT P764/2013 (Waterfront Place covenants) was held at about 12:30pm today in room G1 (although today’s case list identifies the case as “P763/2013 Waterfront Place P/L v Port Phillip CC”).
Parties represented today included:
- Applicant: Action Group Australia (Rigby Cooke and Mr Adrian Finanzio SC)
- Responsible Authority: City of Port Phillip (Teresa Bisucci, Best Hooper)
- Mirvac Group (J Trewhella, Norton Rose Fulbright)
- T-Group Pty Ltd (Tom Smyth, Tasiopoulos & Lambros & Co)
- Port of Melbourne Corporation (Tom Carey, Minter Ellison)
- Represented objectors, incl BCNA (Michelle Blackburn, Blackburn Lawyers)
- Lloyd Bunting (in person)
The key outcomes expected to be set out in orders are:
- The 7 Oct 2013 hearing date for case P764/2013 has been vacated, and both this and P763/2013 are now expected after the end of Mar 2014.
- A request for an order for costs of the deferral was made by the objectors’ solicitor was made but no order on costs is expected
- (Not in orders) Chances are that the order of consideration of both cases will be the proposed development followed by the question of covenants.
The applicant’s solicitor (Rigby Cooke) has said that they will seek a deferral of the Supreme Court of Victoria program as a consequence of VCAT orders.
The Tribunal member for this Practice Day Hearing was Deputy President Helen Gibson.“Helen is the Deputy President in charge of the Planning and Environment List at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Prior to her appointment to this position in 2004, she was the Chief Panel Member of Planning Panels Victoria.
Helen is a lawyer. She has served in local government
as a councillor and was actively involved in community
reconstruction following the Ash Wednesday bushfires. From 1983, Helen was a prominent panel member in Victoria’s independent panel system, assessing a broad range of planning and environmental issues. She has also been a highly respected member of the State’s various planning appeals tribunal since 1984.” More