Green Wedge plan out to consultation

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THE proposed 2019 Green Wedge management plan will be put out for a six week period of public consultation.

Frankston Council’s plan was debated at the 24 April council meeting, with Cr Glenn Aitken saying he was “totally dissatisfied” with the plan.

Cr Quinn McCormack said “I’m not supportive of moving this forward to community consultation at this stage. I don’t support the findings or the recommendations of the draft Green Wedge management plan. They directly contradict the state planning policy in regards to the urban growth boundary which was implemented in 2017 and reinforced with the re-election of the Andrews government.”

“To be pushing for changes to the urban growth boundary is foolhardy in my opinion, and it is not in keeping with the protection of the Green Wedge, which is what we were supposed to be doing in devising this management plan,” she said.

Crs Aitken, McCormack, Kris Bolam and Lillian O’Connor voted that the process not proceed to consultation. Crs Michael O’Reilly, Colin Hampton, Mayer and Toms voted that it move forward. The mayor Cr O’Reilly used his casting vote and the motion passed in favour.

The final plan will have to go to the planning minister before being approved.

The plan can be viewed at council’s website and a hard copy can be viewed at their customer service desk.

First published in the Frankston Times – 6 May 2019

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