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Our plan for The Briars Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting community feedback on its draft Master Plan for the Briars, demonstrating how Council plans to protect, enhance and celebrate the natural, cultural and heritage beauty of the site over the next 10 –15 years. We want The Briars to become a part of everyone’s backyard and it’s important we bring the community along on this journey to create a space for everyone to visit, love and return to. Community consultation is now open and closes 5pm Friday 10 May 2019.
Despite their rather precarious positioning under eroding cliffs and washed by waves, owners of these beach boxes at Mt Martha Beach North can still ask high prices if selling, and must pay increased licence fees if approved in Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2019/20 budget.
Cashing in on beach boxes OWNERS of those cute, colourful bathing boxes scattered around Mornington Peninsula beaches are facing massive licence fee increases. Visitors take pictures of the beach boxes that also regularly attract the eye of the metropolitan-based media because of their escalating values. Their values are compared to those of family houses elsewhere. But this year Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeing the beach boxes as a source of increasing revenue.
HOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY Online To view the draft Briars Master Plan and provide your thoughts, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay In person Forms are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville. Drop In Sessions Saturday 27 April, 10am – 2pm Bittern Community Hall Saturday 4 May, 10am – 2pm Mt Martha House Rm 64 Email your submission to: email@example.com with the subject line ‘Draft Master Plan - Briars’ Post Attention: The Briars, Re: Draft Master Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939.
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The shire’s 2019/20 budget, now open for public comment, replaces the flat $445 a year licence fee for bathing boxes with a fee based on the structure’s size. Beach boxes measuring five to 17.99 square metres will attract an annual licence fee of $990. More than 18 square metres will face a charge of $1200 while those coming in under five square metres will pay $700. On top of that, anyone selling a beach box must also pay the shire 6.5
per cent of the capital improved value, with a minimum of $3150, up from the previous minimum of $2100. Asked to confirm the new fees and why the shire had decided to increase bathing box fees, the shire’s property and strategy manager Nathan Kearsley replied: “Yes, the single licence fee is proposed to be replaced with a tiered fee structure based on the size of the bathing box.” Keith Platt
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