Ruling against resort vindicates public campaign

An objector to a proposed Apollo Bay resort says the State Government’s decision to block the plan draws a “line in the sand” for the town’s future development.

An objector to a proposed Apollo Bay resort says the State Government’s decision to block the plan draws a “line in the sand” for the town’s future development.

“This will be a precedent about inappropriate development,” Otway Forum secretary Peter Fillmore said.

Victoria’s Planning Minister Richard Wynne on Monday rejected a plan for the Barham River Road resort, which would have featured 180 hotel rooms and 82 villas.

The minister’s rejection was based on the development’s scale and impact on the landscape and environment, with an independent planning panel saying the plan lacked “community benefit” and failed to offer “sustainable development” for the town.

Mr Fillmore, also the secretary of a community-funded group objecting the development, said he believed the community was “99-per-pent” opposed to the development and the minister’s decision had “not surprised” him.

“We’re not against development, as long as it is sustainable, as long as it’s of the appropriate size and scale and fits in with what the expectations of what the current community want; that’s why we live here,” he said.

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