Another blow against personal freedom, and thank goodness for it.
Most of the houses in Mosman are single storey buildings put up between 1880 and, say, 1935 - pretty little buildings, very individual, each with its person idiosyncrasy; no long streets of identical buildings - streets a real joy to walk around for the pleasure of looking at the houses. Alas, many moronic owners have ruined these by erecting garages or 'car ports' in front of them; quite apart from the desirability of looking out of a window at the back of your car, this totally spoils the look of the house in front of which some monstrosity has been plonked. It seems that people are mad for garages - I'm told that if you erect one you immediately add $30,000 to the value of your property. This has upset me for years - but now, three cheers for democracy - Mosman Council has decreed that no-one is allowed to put up a garage obstructing the front of their property - and not even a car port. You are allowed, if it gives you any pleasure, to raze your pretty front garden and put down a concrete slab on which to park your beloved vehicle; but that's as far as you can go. The Council has always been excellent in preventing alterations to heritage property, and now thank goodness has gone even further. Three - no, four - cheers.