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When waste materials containing asbestos from the site were found dumped in Cairnlea, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. A large fine was issued, and calls were made to have the developer restore the building, and for the planning laws to be changed to allow penalties that act as a clear deterrence. That's the thing! Several town planners have told me that the property boom has embedded such huge profits into many developments that the fines for acting outside the planning regulations are simply factored into the cost of doing business. As an example of this, an expert quoted in The Age said that the site's value doubled by removing the existing structure. In that case, a fine alone is not much deterrent for an unethical developer. With the focus the Corkman has brought to planning, it will be fascinating to see what policy changes will be implemented.