Anger at Ran­dom House in­ac­tion

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

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

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