Sub­di­vi­sion’s slow progress

May­day Hills de­vel­op­ers hope for ap­provals and works to be com­pleted soon

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - COOK­SLEY

INDIGO Shire Coun­cil hopes that May­day Hills’ de­vel­op­ers will have strin­gent build­ing con­ser­va­tion and land­scape man­age­ment plans in place and ap­proved for the historic Beech­worth prop­erty, within months.

Indigo Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Trevor Ierino last week told coun­cil­lors that de­vel­op­ers Ge­orge and Sue Fendyk and Ge­off and Tess Lu­cas were pro­gress­ing to­wards com­pli­ance with Her­itage Vic­to­ria per­mit con­di­tions which should en­able the sub­di­vi­sion to pro­ceed.

He said coun­cil had been work­ing with the Fendyk-Lu­cas part­ner­ship to re­solve chal­lenges that would al­low sub­di­vi­sion buy­ers to get clear ti­tle to prop­erty.

Mr Ierino said the task had been dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate be­cause of the com­plex­ity of May­day Hills’ her­itage over­lay, vary­ing build­ing values and sep­a­rate plan­ning per­mit re­quire­ments.

He said an im­por­tant plan­ning per­mit con­di­tion which re­quired the de­vel­op­ers to de­vise a de­tailed sched­ule of works for the site’s valu­able her­itage build­ings was cur­rently be­ing costed by a skilled con­trac­tor.

“Coun­cil and Her­itage Vic­to­ria are keen for works to be un­der­taken to pre­serve the out­side of build­ings to pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and be main­tained and se­cured from ex­ter­nal weather dam­age,” Mr Ierino said.

“We’re try­ing to ex­pe­dite this with the de­vel­op­ers and Her­itage Vic­to­ria.”

He said sub­di­vi­sion com­pli­ance and works com­ple­tion was ex­pected within a short time­frame, in­clud­ing erec­tion of a her­itage fence at the en­trance to May­day Hills from Al­bert Road, fol­low­ing frus­trat­ing de­lays.

Mr Ierino said Her­itage Vic­to­ria of­fered in­cen­tives for the de­vel­op­ers to keep mov­ing ahead and to fin­ish works as these were hold­ing up set­tle­ment and is­sues with ti­tles.

Indigo Shire Coun­cil de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Mark Florence said the coun­cil fully recog­nised the com­mu­nity in­ter­est in May­day Hills and the need to ex­pe­dite an out­come that ben­e­fited all par­ties and en­sured con­ser­va­tion and main­te­nance of the site’s sig­nif­i­cant her­itage values.

Co-devel­oper Ge­orge Fendyk told the Ad­ver­tiser that he was wait­ing for a re­port from the her­itage ad­viser who was con­duct­ing build­ing as­sess­ments and cost­ings.

“We’ll be able to fin­ish the body cor­po­rate re­quire­ments so peo­ple can get their ti­tles, too,” he said.

He hoped to have all out­stand­ing works fin­ished by Christ­mas.

Mr Fendyk said Indigo Coun­cil and Mr Ierino, in par­tic­u­lar, had helped to drive meet­ings with Her­itage Vic­to­ria. “It’s a credit to him,” he said. Mr Fendyk said it had been “a long, hard road”.

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