Republic of Moreland

March 1, 2007

VCAT to review decision to abolish Coburg High School

Filed under: architecture,Coburg,events,notices,politics,urban planning — Kath @ 1:28 pm

The pain of school closures from the Kennett years is still felt by many Victorians. Coburg High School was one of many Jeffed communities, and 11 years later, its site remains a source of contention. This is among a number of pictures of the heritage school site taken by Peter Robertson and available on his blogsite. As Peter reports, residents who opposed the Council decision to demolish the heritage building are attending a VCAT hearing to determine the validity of the Council decision. 10am, 7 March, 55 King St, Melbourne.



  1. The real sadness about this sordid tale has been the ocnstant support for the owner, George Tandos by some Councillors, cullminating in the 6 ALP Councillors voting to demolish the heritage listed facead against the recommendations of their own officers in November. There is a murky story beneath the wheeling and dealing and one day it will all come out.

    Comment by peter robertson — March 1, 2007 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  2. I can’t remember that building. What road is it on? It looks art deco. Surely there’s some heritage qualification there? Surely the art deco building itself could be restored and profitable?

    What are they planning to develop it for?

    Comment by Chloe — March 1, 2007 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  3. an exisiting permit for a development that maintains the heritage listed facade. Against Council officer advice Kathleen Matthews-Ward, along with her ALP Councillors voted in Nov. last year to demolish the entire building in line with the needs of the site’s owner George Tandos of Consolidated Property Ventures to make as much money as possible. Tandos wants to rid himself of the heritage facade and the important history that represents – th efirst high school for working class kids in the north. Matthews-Ward, like most of the dross in the ALP is smitten by development and growth. She oils the wheels of profit just like Brian Burke in WA, albeit in a much more banal manner.

    Comment by peter robertson — March 3, 2007 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  4. On March 7 VCAT determined to uphold the Council decision todemoloish the entire building.

    Comment by peter robertson — March 13, 2007 @ 11:14 am | Reply

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    Check out the video they have on the page.


    Marko Fando

    Comment by markofando — October 3, 2007 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

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