Feb 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Are there trails in Nillumbik outside of the Panton Hill Bushland Reserve Management System which the local horse riders can use as part of their pony club activities and which low traffic, unmade country roads can they safely access?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Is Council aware that the horse lobby is canvassing and campaigning right across the Melbourne metropolitan area to support their claims to unfettered access to all trails in the Panton Hill Bushland Reserve System? As this area is zoned "Public Conservation and Resource Zone" which aims to"protect and conserve the natural environment and natural processes" and talks of "minimal degradation of the natural environment and natural processes", Friends of Nillumbik ask what unforseen costs to the custodians of the Panton Hill Bushland Reserve System, the community, the Council and the environment might arise from such widespread use of our bushland reserves?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Late last year Council amended the notification procedures concerning copies of planning applications for people who wish to lodge an objection to them. Regarding this situation Friends of Nillumbik ask whether residents immediately neighbouring an application receive a letter notifying them of a planning application when it is advertised and does a letter, if provided, detail what people can do regarding a planning application?

Monday, February 28, 2011

In 2008 Nillumbik Council approved an application at 35 Laughing Waters Road. This applicant was previously involved in illegal vegetation clearance and was fined. It has come to our notice that sometime in late 2009 or early 2010 the approved application began and the block was significantly cleared of vegetation.

We ask was this all of this vegetation clearance legal and permitted by Council as part of the planning permit? Also, as the application it seems is now lapsed and the block is still with neither a dwelling nor any replanting to replace the vegetation cleared, Friends of Nillumbik would like to know what the current situation is regarding the application.