Would you help your neighbour?
Off course you would….
I am not going to tell you what to do (Yes, that’s a first), and I am all for progress. Development can’t be stopped it is part of progress, however we have a little bit of a say in what the future of our town will look like……
Ocean View Action Group, is trying to stop a development of Lot 3 Ocean View Road, Ocean View, all the details are in application DA/34035/2017/V2E on Lot 3 S312581. Nothing wrong with that you would say… and perhaps you are right both ways. Nothing wrong with new development and additional stuff and nothing wrong with trying to stop it. We have the opportunity to have our say…. personally I think there are some odd things with this..
I like to remain non-bias when talking about this, people should be able to make up their own mind, very quickly emotions kick in and they result into nasty and weird discussions.
So this is what I found:
- Initially 6 Large Service buildings.
- 15 units, but the DA sets out 21 units
- The site is in a high fire danger area, as the reports show.
- The application is lodged under Merindah Management Pty Ltd established in 2013
- It must comply with the MBRC planning scheme.
This is what I, personally, are concerned about:
Merindah Management Pty Ltd
Looking at ASIC, I can only assume this is a relative young company, no previous track record of development that I could find. It is not un-common that “shelf companies” are setup for developments. It is done for a few reasons:
- If something goes wrong during development eg cost blow out. The company can file bankruptcy and that be it.
- After development, the company can “fold” this means no real action can be taken in case something goes wrong down the track.
I can only assume that this is not the case with Mirandah Management Pty Ltd, it is kinda interesting that the company was setup a few years before the development in Ocean View road. But I am just a skeptic.
I also find it coincidental that Mirandah Management name bears a lot of similarities with Mirandah Study Center, I could be mistaken, but an organisation with the same name developing a site for “educational purposes” got me intrigued. So I had a look into the Mirandah Study Center.
Mirandah Study Center
I am all for study centers, I am all for teaching, learning and gain knowledge. I am excited…. but then then the wheels fell of my excitement train. Mirandah Study center according to the asic site, has several trading names… as you can see here .
Looking at some of those, you have to admit a lot of happy children, it must be a girls only thing as I can only see children in the photos of the teaching centers. I have not looked very closely into it, but on the surface it looks like that.
Merindah Study Center is part of AEPL (Association for Educational Projects Limited), which runs all the study projects.
Like mentioned above, AEPL runs the study projects I can only assume it is for Girls only. I could not find anything that suggest that it is Girls only and not for Boys, but the website photo materials suggest it is.
This teaching association is directly related to Opus Dei, as per their website “AEPL has asked Opus Dei, to be responsible for the spiritual activities held at these centres, and to be available to look after the pastoral needs of those who seek spiritual guidance.”
AGAIN ONLY WOMEN AND GIRLS in the picture… what is up with that…..
Opus Dei to provide the spiritual activities… I have not idea really who they are… what they do or what they stand for… time to have a look around.
Opus Die Work, family life, and the ordinary events of each day are opportunities for drawing close to Christ, and making Him known to others. That is their message, good so the training center will have some Christianity stuff in it… That’s their right….
But then it got weird very quickly…. Wikipedia has some interesting stuff on it.
Opus Dei, formally known as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei (Latin: Praelatura Sanctae Crucis et Operis Dei), is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church that teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity. The majority of its membership are lay people, with secular priests under the governance of a prelate elected by specific members and appointed by the Pope. Opus Dei is Latin for “Work of God”; hence the organization is often referred to by members and supporters as the Work.
What got me really stumped is the Mortification section, voluntary offering up discomfort or paint to God…. Hold on a sec… this is a teaching centers remember… surely kids will not be involved in this..
So have another look, remember this is from the internet…. I do not know if the source is true. I only repost.
Very weird indeed. It looks “feels” that applicant is a “front” for Opus Dei.
The fire danger report is, rightfully so, listing the impact danger. I believe there is also a high fire danger initiation, people stay (lots of people) in learning center, out door activities will be held people smoke, have some other activities etc. Most likely the people who attend this center are not “rural educated” put it blunt, they are city slickers. Most likely not bush or grass fire aware or educated, nor they have to but I fail to find any requirement or statement that site induction courses are held. The education center does not list its curriculum. Those who actually work in rural and remote areas know, safety induction courses are a MUST.
Although the site is not directly in the water catchment area (I assume). The run-off of the site will be, the site is located on a hill slope so water from it will run towards Dayboro and the water catchment areas … Yes that correct.. cigarette buts, cups, paper, plastic you name it. I have not found (that does not mean it is not) any mitigation for this to prevent this from happening, more so to prevent the rubbish to come down hill.
Quantity of people.
Remember this is a rural zoned and a rural site……. so accidents do happen and will happen. People go wandering at night… I have not seen any cumulative solution for the increase on potential need for help from our Ambulance Service from our Bush Fire Brigade from our Aux Brigade. Also remember….. this site has Opus Dei activites, not everybody is happy with that, what if there are lunatics that come and protest… who is local enforcement going to deal with that.
There is way more…
Back to the Development.
Council puts up some requirements, I guess that applies to all DA’s In the MBRC Planning Scheme – rural zone -assessable – 20 June 2016 the question is asked about educational establishment. The partial answer to that is “The subject site will be used for education purposes, although not wholly directed towards agricultural. The training will consist of the development of students professionally, humanly and spiritually. The students will be encouraged to orientate their work and social life to serving others. For this aim, the Christian model of service is regarded as a guiding principle.”
I cannot get this picture out of my head that was created by the Wikipedia article of “Controversies about Opus Dei”.
What ever the outcome might be, it is what it is.
Personally I am a bit skeptical about it’s true intend and nature of the development, it has many gaps, loop holes and things where I go “Hmmm, not sure about this”. I will not tell you what to do, and there is an argument to be had if this post is “biased” against the occupant of the completed development.
All I can ask (suggest) you do is DO YOUR HOME WORK, google works a threat. Get in contact with Ocean View Action Group. If in doubt or not sure… well lodge your objection to the council, they can ask on your behalf.
This is an assumption piece, information is taken from other websites and some high-level conclusion is made based upon that information. There is no intend to make any of the mentioned or listed organisations and/or institutions look bad.
Having these kind of developments in this area contravenes with the SEQ Regional/Strategic Plan and the framework that was built around the decisions made. It violates rules that have been documented on State as well as Council level. It is not about cults, religion etc but the simple fact that legislation/regulations/planning should instill trust and reliability in what is happening in a community. (Note: I pinched this bit… :-))