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Friday, 11 April 2014

CALLS FOR HALT ON MALDON HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards met today with concerned Maldon residents to call for a halt on further progress of the Tarran Valley housing development until the community of Maldon has been consulted and had an opportunity to put in submissions regarding the proposal.

Ms Edwards said there was growing concern about the 42 lot housing development which will be on 125 hectares of land on the outskirts of the Maldon township.

The Shire of Mount Alexander approved the rezoning of the land back in 2009, however since the bushfires of 2009 and the subsequent Royal Commission many changes have been made to planning rules and legislation.

“While the previous elected Councillors voted on this the current Councillors have not, and while Council may have approved the Tarran Valley application five years ago changes to the Council’s own Rural Land study suggest that this development does not now fit within those guidelines”.

“Maldon is a very unique town, with a tourism industry that relies heavily on the heritage and historical aspects of the town and it would be shocking to have this put at risk by a new suburban McMansion style development on the border of the town”.

“What is really disappointing is that the 30 submissions from locals that were received back in 2007 are the only ones that will be considered with this development”.

“The community and I are calling on the Minister to halt any further advancement of this development until the community has again had the opportunity to have their say”.

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