Posted on 24. Sep, 2014 in News
Labor has serious concerns about the Napthine Government’s plans for a $100 million development at Point Nepean National Park.
The proposed development at Point Nepean, announced earlier this year, is the first process since the Napthine Government re-wrote laws to allow private development of national parks.
What the process at Point Nepean has shown is that process is heavily in favour of developers, with the community largely excluded from the process. It also enables 99 year leases to be granted, which is what is proposed at Point Nepean.
The planning and consultation provisions contained in the newly amended Act mean that:
- The community have only seen a broad concept plan, on which they have only 30 days to comment
- When the final proposal is revealed, there will be no additional consultation
- There will be no opportunity to investigate the environmental impact
- A 99-year lease can be then granted to the private company prior to or in the absence of any environmental assessment and prior to the final plans being developed
- The concept is outside the footprint and beyond what the community agreed in 2010.
Quotes attributable to Ms Neville:
“Labor agrees with the community – Denis Napthine is heading down the wrong course with Point Nepean.”
“Based on the problems with consultation and lease arrangements, Labor will not support the redevelopment as proposed.”
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minster for Planning Brian Tee:
“Matthew Guy is locking out the public while locking in this massive development before the election.”
“Labor simply won’t stand by while this land is sold off for 99 years and the community is cut out of the process and prevented from visiting parts of the national park.”
- In 2010 there was a master plan to enable a private/public redevelopment of the existing footprint and building. This was agreed with the local community.
- Environment Minister Ryan Smith announced plans to develop Point Nepean in July, 2014. The plan consisted of broad concepts and announced Point Leisure Group as the proponent.
- The Napthine Government amended the National Parks Bill in 2013 to allow private development in National Parks.