NOW IS THE TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY to PREVENT THIS MASSIVE OVER-DEVELOPMENT
The AGM presentation on this issue was well received by an audience of 205 which included the three Councillors from the Bunurong Ward.
What you can do now: Contact all Councillors and ask them to reject the motion at the March meeting. A document with a draft letter and strategic points you can add to your letter can be downloaded here.
You can also SIGN A PETITION which will go to Council. You can do this online by following the wording and instructions on this document or sign in person at our table outside the Cape Paterson shop on Saturday 28 January between 8am and 4pm.
Issue: The map at left shows in red the size of the proposed residential expansion to the North of Cape Paterson. A motion to seek authorisation from the Planning Minister to prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment will go to Bass Coast Council in March 2017.
CPRRA Position: It is important that this motion is rejected as it will lead to a major oversupply of land in Cape.
Rationale: There are already 200 lots available in the existing (pink) development to the west of Cape Paterson (approved in 2010) and 40 vacant lots within the developed township. A 2009 Planning Panel Report stated that developing land to the west and north “would represent a significant oversupply in the planning period.”
The proposal going to Council in March is to rezone ALL of the red land to residential which will mean 900 extra houses along with the 220 dwellings already approved to west ... of which <20 plots have been sold.
Details of this rationale is detailed in a 2016 letter to Council.
The final head count was 205 and sent a clear message to the three Bunurong Ward Councillors who also attended.
The predicted bad weather held off (mostly) for our last working bee for the year.
This was spurge removal between 2nd Surf and Wilsons Rd. Mostly tiny spurges, and it was impressive to see how effective the “Purge the Spurge” program has been.
Another good weather day for our working bee.
We cleared the paths in the Cassia St Reserve and removed woody weeds from a number of previously planted areas.
With the approval of a grant to restore the environmental integrity of the Cassia St Lower Reserve, members of the Cassia St community were invited to help guide the project by identifying assets and issues.
A meeting at the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club on Sat 9-Feb-2013 attracted 25 people and resulted in valuable local knowledge being collected and documented here. Click on the title to see the outcomes.
A 30 acre neglected block of Coastal Reserve that was 'overlooked' during the desalination plant construction, has been saved from becoming a "weed garden" by the actions of our local community.
Lead by the Friends of Wonthaggi Heathland, total funding of $68K was secured to enable the start of environmental restoration of the site.
Find out more about the West Area Block Project by clicking on the title above.
2013 is the 50th anniversary of the Cape Paterson Residents & Ratepayers Association (formerly the CP Progress Association). This will be celebrated at the Annual general meeting on 11-Jan-2014.
And there were big issues facing Cape people at the time of the Associations founding in May 1963, some of which echo today's issues .... Read more from this extract from WR Hayes' book
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There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:
- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings
- Note the time/day/location
We have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach. Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low. To protect them you must:
- Read and follow signage
- Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m
- Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.
To find out more about our Hoodies, click here