Deadline for answers on caravan park

STATE Environment Minister Ryan Smith has just one month to answer questions from the local community and potentially intervene in the new Seaspray Caravan Park project following questioning by Eastern Victoria MLC Matt Viney in parliament.

Mr Viney recently met with Seaspray residents who were concerned about a lack of transparency around the project and its impact on the local hall.

He said the residents he met with all supported the construction of a new caravan park, but had a problem with the current plans and an apparent lack of community consultation.

“The community was happy with draft plans presented in 2008 for the $4 million project under the previous Labor Government,” he said.

“But since then, the plans have changed.

“Parking at the hall has been restricted and the community feels ill-informed.

“The current plans leave little room for vehicular access to the hall entrance and there will not be enough room for parking near the entrance for disabled and elderly people.”

Mr Viney said that concerns were raised with him by a group of local residents once construction had begun, after they claimed they had received little assistance from government MPs, including Eastern Victoria MLC Philip Davis and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.

Parliamentary procedures dictate that the Environment Minister Ryan Smith has 30 days to respond to Mr Viney’s questions.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.