PLEAS by objectors against new tourist developments fell on deaf ears at the Corangamite Shire Council’s latest meeting.
Nanjing Night Net

Objectors and supporters of the amendment C30 and tourism study made last-minute attempts on Tuesday night to have their opinions heard.

In response to the decision Timboon resident Neil Trotter said he wanted to form a ratepayers’ association to take issues up with council, which he said was an extension of the community and should reflect its views.

“It’s part of the community, it’s not remote from it,” he said.

Mr Trotter said he was against the planned rezoning of Peterborough airfield and the rezoning of farmland west of Port Campbell, which he referred to as the “poo zone”.

The farmland, which has been earmarked for a four- star resort, is adjacent to a sewerage treatment plant.

“This is a nightmare in the making and could become a legal quagmire in the future,” Mr Trotter.

“It’s ironic that all that is left after the tourists have been here is effluent.”

John Saxon, who neighbours the Port Campbell farm, said it appeared the council had a predetermined mindset.

He said all he asked was the right to be free to enjoy life in peace and quiet.

“I urge council to make an unbiased democratic decision,” he said.

Marion Manifold was against the rezoning of sites along the coast and said the decision was a foregone conclusion.

She said council had failed to consult with adjoining landholders and the process for amendment C30 was not satisfactory.

Port Campbell tourism operator Julie Brazier said council’s approval of the amendment was a serious shift in policy.

However, Shipwreck Coast chief executive Carol Reid supported the amendment. She said Port Campbell and the region were not getting a larger piece of the tourism market because it did not provide the type of accommodation needed.

“Port Campbell and the region has no high-quality accommodation of a scale suitable to the high-yielding market,” she said.

“Unless Corangamite Shire has land investment ready, quality investors will develop elsewhere. New development does not impede the upgrading of current accommodation stock.

“Development of quality accommodation, strategically located, does not degrade the landscape.”

Port Campbell tourism operator Daryl Salmon told council he supported the majority of the rezoning because of the limited opportunities for employment, particularly for young people.

“This will provide a much-needed boost to employment,” he said.

“During the construction stage there will be an enormous amount of work.”

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