Coun­cil to re­view fire risk for Stan­ley plan

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By JUSTIN JENVEY

MORE amend­ments will have to be made to the Stan­ley Struc­ture Plan af­ter a Vic­to­rian govern­ment panel re­view con­cluded that the im­pacts of bush­fires had not been prop­erly con­sid­ered.

Ap­proval of the Stan­ley Struc­ture Plan was knocked back by Plan­ning Pan­els Vic­to­ria, at least un­til Indigo Shire Coun­cil re­views how it will deal with the bush­fire threat.

In 2009, the Black Satur­day Bush­fires de­stroyed 30,000 hectares of land through the Stan­ley, Mudge­gonga and Bar­widgee Creek ar­eas.

Plan­ning Pan­els Vic­to­ria said it was sur­prised that Indigo coun­cil had failed to men­tion the fire risk in the first ver­sion of the plan which has been de­vel­oped to pro­vide di­rec­tion for fu­ture land uses and de­vel­op­ment for Stan­ley.

“The panel finds it puz­zling why the threat of bush­fire has not been iden­ti­fied in the struc­ture plan as one of the most sig­nif­i­cant plan­ning is­sues for the town,” it stated

“This would seem to be a ma­jor over­sight and should have been ad­dressed at a very early stage in the process.”

Indigo coun­cil pre­vi­ously al­tered the Stan­ley Struc­ture Plan to ref­er­ences bush- fires fol­low­ing a panel hear­ing in June, but it was not enough for the plan to be ap­proved.

It’s un­der­stood the CFA ob­jected to the plan af­ter be­ing con­tacted by the govern­ment panel, say­ing they had no knowl­edge of the plan.

Indigo Shire Coun­cil di­rec­tor de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity ser­vices, Mark Florence said coun­cil ac­knowl­edges the panel find­ings and is con­sid­er­ing the re­port.

“The amend­ment pro­posal as­sessed and con­sid­ered by an in­de­pen­dent panel ap­pointed by the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning is a usual process in­volved in plan­ning scheme amend­ments,” he said.

“A panel mem­ber found that the amend­ment could not be sup­ported in its cur­rent form due to con­cerns that bush­fire risk was not ad­e­quately cov­ered.

“Coun­cil will soon de­cide what course of ac­tion it will pro­pose, which can ad­dress the panel’s con­cerns and still achieve the out­come of se­lected re­zon­ing of dif­fer­ent parts of Stan­ley.”

Stan­ley has tra­di­tion­ally been a farm­ing com­mu­nity, but coun­cil wants to re­de­fine the core vil­lage area as a “town­ship zone”, rather than a “farm zone” which would al­low for the ad­di­tion of a post of­fice, med­i­cal cen­tre or other ser­vices.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.