PEOPLE POWER FORCES PLANNING MINISTER TO ACT ON KINGSTON’S GREEN WEDGE

Posted on 16. Nov, 2013 in Clayton Update

Following an unprecedented campaign by residents in Clarinda, Cheltenham East, Heatherton and Oakleigh South, State Liberal Planning Minister Matthew Guy has finally bowed to public pressure and indicated that he will invoke an interim local policy to provide limited protection so that the divided Kingston Council can once and for all work through its plan for the future of the Green Wedge, Member for Clayton, Hong Lim said today.

“But in typical announcements made by this Liberal Government, the Minister did not announce what his interim local policy actually means or whether it will block the very application from Delta Industries which has invoked the resident’s anger and disappointment with some Kingston Councillors,” Mr Lim said

“This is too little too late and the Minister’s decision may still mean that Kingston Council will have to deal with this particular concrete crusher application, which may still succeed. This leaves residents no choice but to continue their fight to remove all recycling facilities out of the Green wedge once their present licenses and permits expire.

This decision appears to be a straight forward case of ‘Protect the Liberal Member in the marginal seat of Mordialloc at all costs,’ by announcing 18 months protection but without clearly once and for all declaring that new recycling facilities and concrete crushers applications in the Green Wedge will no longer be permitted.

I raised this serious issue in Parliament as an Adjournment Question on 17 October asking the Minister to act after the Liberal or Liberal aligned Kingston Councillors, including new Mayor Peulich continued to vote against the rezoning of land, North of Kingston / Heatherton Road to Green Wedge A Zone.

Residents have had enough! The Planning Minister and Kingston Councillors must make a clear and precise announcement on where they actually stand on protecting the Green Wedge and stop trampling the residents’ quality of life and well-being,” Mr Lim said.

State Ministers will be at the Patterson Lakes Community Centre on Monday 18 November for a Community Cabinet meeting. Residents will be holding a peaceful protest at 9.30am to highlight their concerns.

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