Bor­ough quiet on bluff

No re­sponse to eco-cab­ins lo­ca­tion be­ing tor­pe­doed

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - HAR­RI­SON TIPPET

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.

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