Mr PESUTTO (Hawthorn) (10:04:49) — I rise today to pay tribute to the work being undertaken by the Hawthorn Residents Action Group led by Phillip Gray, John Mills and many other committed residents in my local electorate. They are forming to resist government attempts to overdevelop a very important part of my electorate, Bills Street, Hawthorn. They do so, like all of us in the electorate, wanting to support more public housing stock for those in need, but this will see private units total somewhere in the vicinity of 400, with around about 40 or 45 less public housing and affordable housing units, so it would be a massive overdevelopment of very important part of our area.
I am pleased today to be able to offer the Hawthorn Residents Action Group an assurance that, as I indicated to them in recent weeks, we are committed to resisting the Markham estate proposal and have moved a revocation motion in the other place as of yesterday. We want balanced development that supports people in need, and that is what we are committed to doing, so I am pleased to announce that today. I also call upon the government to be more transparent and to report to the people of Hawthorn progress on its discussions and secret negotiations with the University of Melbourne over a 15 000-square metre site that abuts the Bills Street public housing estate. The public has a right to know what the government is planning for that