MILDURA Rural City Council will this week consider a proposal to improve the amenity of public housing in Deakin Avenue, commonly referred to as “The Birdcage”.
Developers have agreed to make a number of changes to the building and surrounds, following negotiations with adjoining landowners in relation to ongoing issues associated with the design of the building and amenity impacts on their land.
The 26-apartment building was constructed by the Department of Human Services as part of the Federal Government’s stimulus package.
It has been at the centre of many complaints including that some apartments overlook adjoining properties.
A key component of the proposed changes is a three-metre high boundary fence to prevent some views of neighbouring properties and reduce noise emanating from the residential complex.
Another key element believed to have been demanded by neighbours was the removal of a proposed barbecue area.
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Middle ground: Mildura Council is considering “compromise” changes to the public housing building on Deakin Avenue near Twelfth Street. Picture: Clancy Shipsides
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