The Kew Cottages Coalition is a non-profit community organisation, formed in 2003 to help keep the 27 hectares of Kew Cottages Public Lands in Public Hands. Successes to date include:
1. Kew Cottages is now a Victorian State Listed Heritage site
2. On 2 May 2007, the Victorian Parliament Upper House established an all-party Select Committee to inquire into the use and development of public land and open space in Victoria including Kew Cottages.
3. In 2008 the Select Committee found that, “the community cannot be confident that donations made by Walker Corporation to the Australian Labor Party (ALP) had no improper influence in the tender process.”
4. The Upper House of Parliament then requested the Victorian Ombudsman to investigate the probity of the Kew Cottages development (KRS) tender process. (The Ombudsman is expected to report to the Parliament in 2010)
5. In the meantime, Walker Corporation has still only received Planning and Heritage approvals for 2 out 9 Stages in the State Government’s ‘Main Drive’ private housing development.
6. In December 2008 the Select Committee endorsed the Coalition’s proposal that the remaining Kew Cottages Public Land should be used to help establish a Family Support and Respite Centre for Intellectually Disabled Victorians.
7. In December 2009 over half of the 27 hectares of Kew Cottages Crown Lands still remain in public hands, and the Kew Cottages Coalition continues to campaign for much needed disability and respite care.
All proceeds from 4Kew sales are used to continue the Kew Cottages Coalition Campaign.