Borough quiet on bluff
No response to eco-cabins location being torpedoed
THE Borough of Queenscliffe has avoided answering questions on controversial eco-cabins after a State Government funding announcement appeared to torpedo the plans.
Bellarine MP Lisa Neville last week announced a $2.69 million funding boost for the Destination Queenscliff project, with the money con- tingent on the borough scrapping plans to build the holiday cabins on Shortland’s Bluff.
Ms Neville also announced $500,000 for the first stage of the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve project.
The borough welcomed the funding, but did not directly respond to Ms Neville’s condition that the cabins not be built on Shortland’s Bluff, below Queenscliff’s almost 200-yearold lighthouse.
“Council has heard the message loud and clear from the community. These are important locations that require well-considered and thoughtfully planned improvements,” Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Tony Francis said.
“We are fast becoming a destination of choice and (the) announcements pave the way for future generations to visit, enjoy and experience the very best of our region.”
The borough did not respond to a Geelong Advertiser request to respond to the funding conditions.
“The Borough of Queen- scliffe’s original proposal included a funding request for four eco-cabins to be built at Shortland’s Bluff,” Ms Neville said at the funding announcement.
“However, this proposal was not acceptable to the local community and after my advocacy to the Minister for Regional Development we have approved the full funding of Destination Queenscliff subject to the eco-cabins not being built on Shortland’s Bluff, but at a more appropriate location.”
Ms Neville also revealed Federal Government funding earmarked for the controversial cabins would be altered to reflect their relocation.
Development plans for the cabins sparked a strong community backlash.