Barriers to development across the state

Pat OBrien, Sale


AFTER reading the Gippsland Times last Tuesday, one wonders why any company would be bothered to plan developments in Victoria.

The first, an $80 million resort development on the southern side of Lake Wellington, is to be knocked back because nine hectares of land will have native vegetation removed, thus effecting wildlife.

The second is moves by the Andrews government to close the Victorian native forest industry completely.

But don’t worry! Lock up our vast forests! We can continue to import billions of dollars worth of timber from places such as Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan, who all have infinitesimal forests compared to ours.

Add the farcical situation in the Grampians, where rock climbing is to be banned because of ‘cultural’ reasons, but neither rock climbers nor the government seem to have any idea exactly where these areas are.

Despite this farce, any climbers caught climbing rocks in the unknown areas will be fined up to $1.6 million. To some that might seem excessive, gut anything goes in this crazy state of ours.

When will we wake up and realise that we can’t have it all.

If we want jobs, then red tape and trivial nonsense need to be wound back.

Companies need to be encouraged rather than insulted by bureaucrats living in fairy land.

Editor’s note: Wellington Shire Council granted a planning permit for the Nunduk resort development, despite an officer’s recommendation not to based on objections from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.