Kate Young from Crowther & Sadler
(Surveyors and Town planners) addressed the meeting.
She made the following points:
Essentially there is nothing new about the current proposal as the site will
continue to be for group accommodation, with a focus on providing a place of
"Spiritual and Environmental Retreat".
The emphasis will be on a higher standard of accommodation, it will provide
private amenities, as against amenity blocks .
There will be fewer people using the site at any one time, as against the "Tent
City" feel of the past. It will offer complementary services (Seminar facilities,
office space, meeting areas).
There will be 32 private accommodation pods linked across the site through a
network of boardwalks.
The aim of the design is to "tread lightly " on the landscape, with the placement
of the new buildings carefully selected under instructions from an arborist. This
will ensure that the development can co-exist with current vegetation.
We will retain the iconic A Frame building, integrated with new development
There will be no negative impacts on the coastal interface - when viewed from
Lake Victoria you won't see the difference as the coastal vegetation will
continue to act as a vegetated screen.
On-site management will ensure the maintenance of the facilities and a more
controlled operation for the management of guests.
St Barnabas Chapel and Numby Numby will be retained , as will the on-site
( Ena Sheumack ) residence
If you have any questions regarding Kate's presentation, contact her on :
We quote from his letter :
"However, from the outset it has been apparent that the facilities upgrade will need to be taken further. To that end, well-
known local Planning Consultants, Crowther & Sadler were engaged to prepare a Planning Application to the East
Gippsland Shire Council. This provides for the demolition of the old bunk houses and ablution block and the construction
of en-suite units. In addition, there is a proposed upgrade of the existing A-frame building which houses the kitchen and
dining and meeting facilities. The overall impact of the changes will in fact reduce the number of beds on site.
The planning Application has now been lodged with the Shire and the church thought it appropriate to invite residents of
Raymond Island to a briefing on our proposals. Plans depicting the proposed development will be available, and
presentations will be made by church representatives, together with Kate Young from Crowther & Sadler and Anthony Lake
from SLAP Architects. "
Please scroll down to Kate Young's address to the meeting
The Right Reverend John McIntyre Bishop of Gippsland recently
wrote islanders a letter in which he advised us of the recent upgrading of facilities and plans for the future
You can view detailed plans at A'Beckett Park.
Phone Sue on 5156 6580 to see them on a
Tues, Wed or Thursday