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Actors performed onstage at Patterson River Secondary College on Tuesday as part of the ‘Anzac Centenary - Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance’ travelling road show which aims to engage younger Victorians and the wider community with next year’s Anzac Centenary. The school was chosen to be the first to host the roadshow. See story page 5. Picture: Gary Sissons

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KINGSTON Council’s contentious bid to rezone land in the Green Wedge for potential residential development remains on the table after councillors voted to push ahead with seeking expert advice on the matter. The News revealed last month that planning minister Matthew Guy wrote to council advising he would consider any formally made rezoning request “based on its merits” (‘Guy open to wedge review’, The News, 18/6/14). Mr Guy’s letter prompted prodevelopment councillors to ask for consultants to be brought in to provide advice on drafting an official planning scheme amendment. Councillors Tamara Barth, David Eden, Steve Staikos and Rosemary West opposed the move at Monday evening’s council meeting, while Crs Tamsin Bearsley, Geoff Gledhill, John Ronke and Paul Peulich voted in favour of the proposal. Cr Peulich used his mayoral casting vote to push ahead with the plan. Cr Ron Brownlees was absent from the meeting. The amendment, if approved by the minister, would see green wedge land between Kingston and Heatherton Rds and Lower Dandenong Rd rezoned to a Rural Living Zone with minimum lot sizes of 2000

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square metres. Council will also ask the minister whether 53 hectares of green wedge land within the boundary of Braeside Park, Southern Golf Club, Springvale and Governor Rds to “an appropriate residential zone” by moving the Urban Growth Boundary to include the land. Council officers will now seek expert advice via an expression of interest tender process. Acting environmental sustainability general manager Jonathan Guttmann said a report should be available for councillors to consider in six to seven months’ time. Consultancy firm Planisphere was hired by Kingston Council in 2012 to draw up Kingston’s Green Wedge Plan at a cost of about $300,000. Planisphere recommended the land now being considered for rezoning should remain within the Green Wedge. Defenders of the South East Green Wedge secretary Barry Ross condemned Kingston Council’s latest decision to spend more money on consultancy fees. Mr Ross said pro-development councillors were putting forward a “diabolical proposal for carving up the rest of the Green Wedge.” “Council is spending more money and time to try and justify the unjustifiable.” Continued page 7


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