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By Brad Lester
A CONTROVERSIAL mega skating
ramp – the largest in the southern hemi-
sphere –returned to the Victorian Civil
and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on
Friday, September 23.
VCAT has decided there was enough of a case to
justify a one day hearing scheduled for October 17.
Neighbours of the megaramp in Nyora’s Restlee
Drive have asked VCAT to review South Gippsland
Shire Council’s decision to allow sponsors’ signage
and logos on the ramp, claiming such logos pointed
to the proponent’s “business intent” for the ramp.
VCAT had ordered no logos, signage, banners or
the like to be placed on or around the skate ramp “to
the satisfaction of the responsible authority”.
That authority is council, which said the objec-
tors want to delete one of the endorsed plans relat-
ing to the approval of stickers and or logos that are
only visible to ramp users.
Council approved a large sticker measuring
1.2m square and a smaller sticker.
Objecting neighbour Gary Clarke said neigh-
bours “thought it was all over until we viewed the
council approved plans”.
“In these plans it clearly shows sponsors signage
and logos on the ramp. In the VCAT ruling it pro-
By Tayla Kershaw
INVERLOCH is amping up its music
The town is well known for its musical talent
and incredible seaside shows, and now community
members are looking to take it one step further.
Bass Coast Shire Council voted to provide ‘in-
principle’ support to help the Lions Club of Inverloch
and district develop a sound shell in The Glade.
This support will help the Lions Club solicit sup-
port and funding from other organisations – includ-
ing grants on a state and federal level.
“The sound shell is in line with our plans for the
area,” Cr Neil Rankine said.
“It will help the community put on events and
will be a great addition to the community. It will
require a small amount of vegetation removal, but
the structure would protect the remaining vegeta-
tion from the wind. In balance, I think it’s a fantastic
thing for the community.”
The Lions Club’s Klaus Edel said getting the
sound shell on council’s agenda was a collaborative
effort between the Lions Club and many other or-
ganisations, and in particular thanked council’s man-
ager for sustainable environment Deirdre Griepsma
for assisting with the planning stage to present a case
“We are quietly confident but there is still a long
way to go. We will need the support of the commu-
nity before it can be built,” Mr Edel said.
Mr Edel said the club is hoping to use an 11.2
kilowatt solar battery to power the structure so it
leaves little to no carbon footprint.
Sound shells have popped up in places all over
Victoria, including the popular local venue Moss-
Rebirth on the way: the original mega ramp is
removed at the order of South Gippsland Shire
Council, ahead of being built in a new location
on the Nyora property. Photo: Facebook.
Skating furore as hearing day set
for sound shell
THE FEDERAL Government funding
promised for the restoration of the Port
Welshpool Long Jetty has not been re-
ceived by the South Gippsland Shire
Council but preliminary works have
Council’s manager engineering and projects
John Moylan said while the funding had not yet
been made available, the project had progressed.
“Three additional sections of deck opened for
condition inspections in early September, under-
water pile inspections started last week and an
additional condition assessment of structure is
scheduled,” he said.
The project was expected to reach practical
completion in June, 2018.
Prior to the July federal election, the Coalition
Government announced it would commit $4.858
million toward the project.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said at the
time the major infrastructure investment would
deliver extensive benefits to the region.
“Together with the community, I have been
fighting relentlessly over a number of years for
the restoration of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty
for the McMillan community and I’m proud that
together, we have finally prevailed in securing this
funding,” he said.
A spokesperson from the office of Minister for
Regional Development Fiona Nash told The Star
the election promise was binding and the funds
will be made available in the near future.
He said a letter had been sent to the council to
inform it of the funding progress.
gets a start
hibited signage on or around the ramp - condition
11, no logos, signage, banners or the like must be
placed on or around the skate ramp to the satisfac-
tion of the responsible authority,” he said.
“Council feels it has the right to amend the deci-
sion because the phrase ‘to the satisfaction of the
responsible authority’ was written in at the end of
the condition, so with our barristers’ advice we are
off to VCAT again.
“We are filing a section S89 application to can-
cel or amend a planning permit.”
Megaramp proponent Peter Wilson said he had
been unaware of the upcoming VCAT hearing.
“I have been issued my permits to have the Meg-
aranch Training Facility which was a long time com-
ing,” he said.
“The earthworks have begun to re-position the
ramp out of the complainants’ view. I’m looking at
completing the Megaramp by late December.
“I have a couple world class athletes booked
in to come from overseas in January to test the
ramp for me.”
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