As you all know I have been making representations to various Ministers these last few months, outlining the value of this significant piece of land and that it be preserved and protected. A swathe of options have been presented.
In this time, I have also provided advice and a State Government contact to Bass Coast Council around what they, as the Responsible Authority through the Local Planning Scheme, can do regarding protections. This was borne from your group’s concern that a planning scheme amendment would take years. The information I provided them was their ability to put in interim overlays if they felt there were gaps in the current planning scheme that will have a negative impact.
From a meeting I then had with three Ministers Offices, you received a letter from Dr Jane Homewood detailing that the area will be considered in the DAL process and also outlining the planning and environmental regulations already in place. Andrew Freitag, Regional Director Planning at DEWLP, has also spoken at length with Tim O’Brien as a spokesperson of the group.
You will all be aware the EOI process has concluded and the private landowner is working through a list of prospective buyers.
As the local State MP, I will be meeting the new owners given the site sits in my electorate. This is to form and build ongoing relations with them and importantly speak to the high conservation and undeniable ecological and biodiversity values to the area and wider region. This is in thanks to all your work over these last few months.
I want to let you know that I will invite/bring together representatives of the Bunurong Land Council, BCSC and the Save the Holden Bushland group with the new owner(s), to meet and discuss the site, its future, the opportunities that exist and the potential working partnerships that could be formed to ensure the area is protected, valued and enhanced.
I will keep you all updated.
Everyone in this email circular is to be truly commended for your hard work, passion, advocacy and let me add phenomenal skill set and expertise as well.