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NO DEVELOPMENT will take place to the
north of Cape Paterson until developers of
the proposed 900 lot subdivision revise their
After weeks of anger from the Cape Paterson
community, Bass Coast Shire councillors voted
at a council meeting on Wednesday, March 15
to defer consideration of the proposed plan-
ning scheme amendment, and to give the de-
veloper time to submit a revised proposal.
The proposed development caused a furore
among Cape Paterson residents, with many op-
posed to the vast quantity of land that would
need to be rezoned from farming to residential
in order for the proposal to go forward.
Four residents of Cape Paterson made pub -
lic appeals to the council during the meeting’s
public question time, all asking councillors to
reconsider the proposed subdivision.
A petition containing 372 signatures was also
presented to councillors last Wednesday, ask-
ing that the council reject any application to
begin rezoning the land.
The petition also called for a detailed, ‘town
specific’ land supply analysis and land release
management plan be prepared by the council,
to address community concerns about large
scale development in Cape Paterson.
A number of councillors raised concerns
about legal constraints that could prevent
proper consultation with the community be-
fore the final proposal is brought to a vote.
“I’m disappointed with the process, actually,”
Cr Les Larke said.
“I’m disappointed that legislation constrains
us in terms of us saying to the developer, you
must consult with the community first, before
you come to us with a proposal.”
Fellow Bunurong ward councillor, Cr Julian
Brown, said he had concerns regarding future
large-scale developments in Cape Paterson.
“I have had a massive amount of correspon-
dence from the community about this,” Cr
“I don’t know if I’m going to be a fan of these
big development plans. “One thing that has
come up is the growth of Cape Paterson and
Wonthaggi. I think that’s a very good question.
Wonthaggi is going to be the main town for the
area, and I get the feeling from community con-
sultation that the question of maintaining town
boundaries is a very sensitive one.”
Deputy Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said he
would like the opportunity to give the develop-
er time to work on the proposal before coming
back to the council at a later date.
Cr Tessari, who works as a real estate agent
for LJ Hooker in Wonthaggi, also threw his
weight behind giving developers a chance to
create new living spaces for the future of Bass
“Without developers, we’d all be struggling to
live anywhere,” Cr Tessari said.
“We need to encourage developers to come
forward with their ideas. Then, through thor-
ough community consultation and meetings,
we can hopefully come out with a solution
we’re all happy with.
“To shut away developers before they even
get a chance to start, I just don’t think is very
progressive. I would like to give the developers
that chance to make any amendments.”
Councillors voted unanimously to defer con-
sideration of the proposal to a future council
meeting, pending the submission of a revised
Cape plans canned
POLICE have been called in to investigate
three deliberately lit fires in the Wonthaggi Wet-
lands yesterday afternoon, two beside a track
and one further into the bush.
According to Wonthaggi CFA Captain, Kim
O’Connor, two of the fires were relatively minor
but one had potential to cause problems.
“There was one going up a tree which they’d
hit pretty hard by the time I got there,” he said.
The latest fires, which occurred shortly after
3pm yesterday, follow others in the same area
about three weeks ago.
Four CFA trucks from Wonthaggi attended
and one from Inverloch.
Police probe more fires
A SMALL dog was rescued
after being stuck underneath a
bed during a Leongatha house
fire over the weekend.
At midday on Saturday,
March 18, Leongatha CFA
members were called to a
house to attend to a fire in
a residential property after
smoke detectors alerted resi-
dents of the home.
An electrical fault was found
in a bedroom, which was
It was then that CFA mem-
bers noticed a small dog hiding
underneath a bed, scared and
determined not to move.
The dog was eventually per-
suaded before CFA spent two
hours dealing with the electri-
The CFA would like to re-
mind people of the importance
of checking and replacing bat-
teries in smoke detectors, and
to ensure that they are working
RIGHT: CFA member Mike
White pictured with the
brave little dog he rescued
from beneath a bed after an
electrical fire over the week-
Dog rescued from fire
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