Peter Khalil, the Federal Labor Member for Wills, has welcomed the Moreland Council’s decision to reject plans to build apartments closely adjacent to Howler – one of Melbourne’s premier live music venues.
The 72 apartment proposal directly abuts the stage door of Howler and the developer’s plans did not take into consideration the challenge of effectively soundproofing the new dwellings, raising obvious concerns that future residents would smother the venue with noise complaints.
A report by the Moreland Council recommended that the development be approved, but was ultimately ejected at the council meeting held yesterday evening.
“I welcome the news that the Moreland Council has finally come to the conclusion that this development would put one of our community’s most beloved live music venues in peril,” said Mr Khalil.
“Last year, I made representations in support of Howler to both the Council and the Victorian Government, making clear that venues and art spaces are such a crucial reason why Brunswick has become one of the most desirable suburbs in the country for people to live, work and play.”
“As the local federal MP, I will continue to support Howler and the live music venues in our community in whatever way I can.”