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Hot springs denied on green wedge grounds Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au A PLANNING application for a multimillion dollar hot springs and restaurant complex near Rye has been refused by Mornington Peninsula Shire because the proposal was “contrary to the purpose of the green wedge zone”. A failure by the applicant to “adequately address unknown environmental issues regarding groundwater contamination”, was one of eight reasons the shire gave for not permitting the complex planned on a 15-hectare site in Browns Rd, Fingal. In a report to the shire’s planning services committee on Monday 4 September planning services team leader Rosa Zouzoulas said the proposal “satisfactorily responds” to relevant planning policies “in particular, the objectives of the green wedge zone”. The hot springs development is planned on the Hilltonia Homestead bed and breakfast property, which lies between the northern part of the Moonah Links Resort and the shire’s Rye landfill. Peninsula Hot Springs is about one kilometre south. Cr David Gill later predicted an appeal against the failure to secure a permit would be made to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). “This was a very important vote on what we [councillors] consider as being appropriate for the green wedge. It’s the type of development that usually ends up in VCAT,” he told The News on Friday. Cr Gill said the shire’s planners seemed to usually recommend supporting applications in the green wedge.

“But this is a turning point as to what councillors see as appropriate in the green wedge. “There are at least four other hot springs developments being talked about in the same area.” The Hilltonia application was originally due to be considered by the planning services committee August but a report – which also recommended approval - was pulled “due to an administrative error” (“Shire bungle delays decision on hot springs” The News 22/8/17). At that stage senior planner Alia Slamet also recommended a permit be granted to Hao Yang Australia for the Tea Tree Hot Springs Resort. Ms Slamet said it had been decided not to hold a meeting between objectors and the developers because it would have been “unlikely to result in resolution between the two parties”. However, councillors have now ignored the recommendations of the shire planners and sided with the 18 objections which included uncertainty about the spa’s effects on groundwater; increases in traffic; loss of native vegetation; concerns that the site was too small for its intended use; effect on livestock; and building designs not being “sympathetic” to the landscape. A planning assessment report prepared by consultants GHD shows ownership the land was transferred to Hao Yang Australia in March 2013 for $3.5 million. A since-lapsed permit issued by the shire in October 2007 allowed a 52-room hotel, conference centre, spa and lap pool to be built on the site. Two extensions were subsequently allowed but a third application for more time in 2013 was refused.

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Pier closed for repairs

Op shop moves, cuts prices

PORTSEA pier will be closed for about two weeks – depending on weather - for repairs. The works will include removing and replacing three piles and surrounding timber. The temporary closure will be effective during working hours with the pier being open to public outside of working hours. Depending on the ability to ensure public safety, partial access to the pier will also be available over the weekend with a safety barrier and signs installed for safety. Parks Victoria said other piers available for fishing or promenading included those at Sorrento and Rye. Parks Victoria is the port manager for Port Phillip and Western Port and manages over 40 piers and jetties. For information on piers and jetties around both bays call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au

THE RSPCA’s Mornington op shop is offering 50 per cent off all stock from Monday 18 September to Saturday 23 September to mark its move to 139 Mornington-Tyabb Rd. “RSPCA Victoria has been operating in the Mornington area for 16 years and we’re excited to move into this new space where we can offer a greater variety of goods in a more modern, spacious environment,” op shop network coordinator Delaney Watts said. “We’re hoping that the incredible community spirit demonstrated previously will continue, with plenty of visitors to our store and some very happy shoppers.” Profits from the sale of op shop goods go towards helping RSPCA Victoria end cruelty to all animals. Donations of goods can be left at the store during opening hours, 10am- 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am- 2pm Saturdays. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Delaney Watts on 9224 2258.

ROAD CLOSURE SKYE/OVERTON ROAD

16 – 17 SEPTEMBER Temporary traffic changes

Skye/Overton Road, Frankston will be closed in both directions at the level crossing from 4am Saturday 16 September until 5am Monday 18 September for level crossing removal works. Detours will be clearly signposted. Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time. The sooner we get this done, the sooner you’ll be on your way. Local traders will be open during this time, so please support businesses in the area.

Buses replacing trains on the Frankston Line

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• Between Mordialloc and Moorabbin stations all day on Monday 18 September for work at Southland Station (unrelated to the Level Crossing Removal Project)

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