Join the Submission Against the Tattoo Parlour at 31 Cobham Ave

Once again we have developers using the courts, to push an ill-placed Tattoo Parlour in quiet Cobham Avenue Melrose Park. This is the third time the applicant is seeking approval.

Please add your name below to my submission to the Land and Environment Court against the proposal. The matter, LS2019/22 – Tattoo Parlour at Melrose Park is set down for hearing on Monday 20th July 2020. 

Let's not forget that this was recommended for refusal by Council Staff, and also refused by the Ryde Planning Panel. Unsurprisingly, under the State Government's planning laws, developers always get another chance.

Your added name will help bolster my submission to be delivered to the court. Please share widely.



Dear Commissioner,

Application for Tattoo Parlour – 31 Cobham Ave Melrose Park

The application for a tattoo parlour at the above site is incompatible with the intent of the zoning in place.

The subject site is zoned B1 Neighbourhood Centre. The intent of the neighbourhood centre zoning is to provide a range of small-scale retail business and community uses that serve the needs to the people who live within the immediate surrounding neighbourhood as well as to encourage employment opportunities in accessible locations.

A Tattoo Parlour is contrary to the intent of the zoning. A tattoo parlour does not serve the needs of the people in the surrounding low density residential zoning. Uses such as corner shops, bakeries, butchers, chemist or accountants would be more appropriate as these uses provide a direct and ongoing service to the community.

A use such as a tattoo parlour, would be more appropriate in the nearby West Ryde town centre only a few kilometres away.

There is strong community opposition to this proposal. During the notification period, Council received 55 submissions. 49 of these objected to the development. The number of submissions opposing the development is representative of the tattoo parlour being an inappropriate use in this zoning and locality.

Due to the nature of the business, this proposed development is likely to attract clientele from a much broader area than the immediate locality and most clientele are likely to drive to the premises. While the development provides for two parking spaces, this will not cater for any clientele parking.  This will result in demand for on street parking.

In summary, this application should be refused. It is inconsistent with the zone objectives and is contrary to the public interest.


Yours faithfully

Jerome Laxale 

3rd July 2020

Who's signing

Kamal Wanigatunga
Joseph Ferlito
Stuart Reid
Karen Jones
Fran Ku
Robert Gamble
Susan Nocom
Leonie Jackson
Indrani Bhowmik
Warren Smith
Paul Henry
Susan Parnell
Giretta Carter
Philip Brown
Graeme Economos
Jason Watson
Yumiko Smith
David Carey
Rosemary Saul
John & Moya Woodhouse
E O’Connor
Michael Waring
Christine Sellers
Dan O’connor
Joe Digi
James Leon
Margaret Westbrook
Penny Kelly
Louise Wilson
163 signatures

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Showing 94 reactions

  • Kamal Wanigatunga
    signed via 2020-07-17 14:10:11 +1000
    Residential area should be a residential area.
  • Joseph Ferlito
    signed via 2020-07-16 08:26:59 +1000
  • Stuart Reid
    signed via 2020-07-15 09:52:34 +1000
  • Karen Jones
    signed 2020-07-15 09:04:22 +1000
    Let’s have developments to improve locals’ lives, rather than augment developers’bank accounts .
  • Fran Ku
    signed via 2020-07-14 23:10:21 +1000
  • Robert Gamble
    signed via 2020-07-14 21:54:40 +1000
    Tattoo removal has become a growth, albeit dangerous, industry as many very stupid people realise that by defacing the largest organ on the human body, the skin, they are jeopardising their health in addition to naively stereotyping themselves out of many potential career options because of a rash and ignorant impulse when impression-ably youthful, thereby burdening not only themselves but the national health system, when the invasive removal process damages the body, as is often the case, so prevention once again is far preferable to a cure.
  • Susan Nocom
    signed via 2020-07-14 16:58:18 +1000
  • Leonie Jackson
    signed via 2020-07-14 16:20:12 +1000
  • Indrani Bhowmik
    signed via 2020-07-14 12:06:33 +1000
  • Warren Smith
    signed via 2020-07-14 11:57:57 +1000
  • Paul Henry
    signed via 2020-07-14 10:39:11 +1000
  • Susan Parnell
    signed 2020-07-14 10:19:45 +1000
    This is a business completely unsuitable to our neighbourhood. It does not serve our community, which is made up of many retirement aged persons as well as many young families. I would be happy to support other more constructive and contributory businesses such as a bakery, cafe, butcher, book keeper and so on. I’m not against tattoo parlours but it needs to be located in a bustling busy area such as somewhere along Victoria Road.
  • Giretta Carter
    signed via 2020-07-14 10:09:05 +1000
  • Philip Brown
    signed via 2020-07-14 10:00:08 +1000
    This business is not suitable to be located within a residential area and is contrary to the intent of the community uses that serve the needs to the people who live within the immediate surrounding neighbourhood.
  • Graeme Economos
    signed via 2020-07-14 09:27:38 +1000
  • Jason Watson
    signed 2020-07-13 19:44:24 +1000
  • Yumiko Smith
    signed 2020-07-13 10:03:05 +1000
  • David Carey
    signed 2020-07-13 09:57:13 +1000
    Inappropriate location
  • Rosemary Saul
    signed 2020-07-13 08:46:45 +1000
  • John & Moya Woodhouse
    signed 2020-07-12 22:16:59 +1000
    Definitely an inappropriate proposal for this quiet area of young families and older folk.
  • E O’Connor
    signed via 2020-07-11 19:42:31 +1000
    Absolutely inappropriate…there’s already one in West Ryde, this residential zone doesn’t want or need this business…
  • Michael Waring
    signed 2020-07-11 15:08:22 +1000
    Lived 24 Lancaster Ave West Ryde

  • Christine Sellers
    signed via 2020-07-10 19:50:50 +1000
    Tattoo parlours are not a desirable risk and insurance history will confirm this. Move to a non surburban area away from the elderly and families
  • Dan O’connor
    signed via 2020-07-10 16:53:18 +1000
  • Joe Digi
    signed 2020-07-10 15:15:15 +1000
  • James Leon
    signed 2020-07-10 15:13:08 +1000
  • Margaret Westbrook
    signed via 2020-07-10 14:35:43 +1000
    Also there is a bus stop and a Pedestrian crossing frequently used by children going to Melrose Park school
  • Penny Kelly
    signed via 2020-07-10 14:18:13 +1000
  • Ken
    signed via 2020-07-10 14:15:25 +1000
  • Louise Wilson
    signed via 2020-07-10 13:08:59 +1000