Moonya Subdivision Turned Down

Bass Coast Shire Council refused a planning permit application seeking to subdivide Murray Street land currently owned and utilised by Moonya in Wonthaggi.

The application sought approval for the subdivision of a 1.91 hectare allotment into two lots at 64-80 Murray Street and the creation of a road along an unmade road reserve to connect to one of the land locked allotments.

The proposal received 106 objections from the community, of which four were later withdrawn, with many concerns related to the extension of Murray Street, the potential impact of traffic to one of the proposed lots, and the potential risk to families and children who walk through to the area and users of the Guide Park.

Council’s Acting General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Jodi Kennedy, said the unmade road reserve is now used as a park and it was Council’s intent for this to continue.

“Council also intends to formally begin the process to discontinue this particular road under the Local Government Act,” Ms Kennedy said.

Ms Kennedy said while there was merit in the proposed subdivision, the applicant failed to provide evidence they had taken into consideration the risks involved.

“The fact that the land is within the Wonthaggi settlement boundary and the ability to provide opportunity for further infill development are beneficial,” Ms Kennedy said.

“There are, however, risks associated with subsidence in the road reserve, and the applicant also failed to provide a sound resolution in terms of access to one of the proposed lots.

“It is on this basis that the application in its current form couldn’t be supported.”