WELLINGTON Shire Council will refund rates and charges paid by the owners of 90 Mile Beach subdivisions deemed inappropriate for development.
Council supported all four recommendations in a Victorian Ombudsman's report, including one to remove rates and charges on undevelopable land in the 90 Mile Beach subdivisions, and refund rates and waste infrastructure charges paid on the land since 2006 and 2011 respectively.
It will cost council about $300,000 to meet this recommendation.
Councillor Darren McCubbin said council had acted lawfully and appropriately in this matter, something acknowledged by Ombudsman Deborah Glass.
For more read Friday's Gippsland Times.