Anger at Random House inaction
I AM truly staggered by the Victorian government’s latest, totally inept response to the people of Rochester regarding the ongoing saga of Random House.
I began pursuing the case for Random House on behalf of the Rochester community when I raised the matter in state parliament on August 16, 2016.
Since that time, with the support and encouragement of the Rochester community, we have continued to pursue the government to put the property up for public sale, and in the interim to maintain the homestead and gardens to an acceptable standard.
The Victorian government has dragged the issue out for more than two years now and has needed to be pushed into action every step of the way.
The government’s latest response ( Cam-
paspe News, October 16) that “Family Safety Victoria is currently negotiating with the Commonwealth to determine the future of Random House and local aboriginal community groups are being consulted on the process” is nothing short of an insult to the Rochester community.
The facts are that the review to determine the future use of the property was conducted, and according to the Minister, finalised in July 2017.
The Commonwealth has informed me that they have signed off the documents to allow the property to be sold and the final documentation is with the Victorian government waiting for signature.
The ineptitude of the Victorian government in managing this process is confounding.
Peter Walsh, Member for Murray Plains