MP calls for action to end ‘bitter’ feud

Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay wants the State Government to step in and help resolve an ongoing dispute which could impact the Princes Highway duplication.

A State MP has called on the State Government to intervene and end a bitter feud between Birregurra landholders and a quarry developer.

Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay said he had been reluctant to call on ministerial intervention but the Mooleric Road dispute was set to cause major delays and increase costs on the $363 million Princes Highway duplication.

Mr Ramsay said Roads Minister Luke Donnellan and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “need to step in to make sure the duplication can be completed next year”.

But he said he was also happy to mediate, bringing landowners and developers together to see if there was a way to move forward because of the financial and emotional impact on those involved in the feud.

The Upper House MP, who formerly owned property and lived on Mooleric Road, personally knows the feuding landowners and MCG Quarries’ Bill McDonald, and is desperate to see an end to the battle, which now includes Federal Court action against landowners and two State tribunal appeals.

“I know the landholders on that road and I would like to get the different stakeholders together and try to mediate and see if we can get some form of consensus,” Mr Ramsay said.

“The acrimony between once peaceful and caring neighbours has erupted in all-out war because of a planned wind farm, a quarry and material needed for the duplication of Princes Highway West.

“This trifecta is disastrous,” he said.

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