Tell Councillors to Stop Wasting your Rate Payers Money

Tell Councillors to Stop Wasting your Rate Payers Money

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Tell Cardinia Shire Council and Cardinia Shire Councillors to stop wasting rate payers money on defending VCAT Appeal that will cost rate payers atleast $40,000, but should VCAT award costs against council, it will be up to $150,000.

We are a small family business who are growing Industrial Hemp on the outskirts of Melbournes South East.  Our planning permit is to establish our Shed as a processing facility for our crop (to make sustainable non combustible building cladding) and our caretakers residence so we can live on the land and operate the farm instead of driving 90 mins each way to our farm.

On December 7 2020, Cr Ray Brown moved a motion to refuse a planning permit against the Cardinia Shire Council Planning Officers and the Council Expert Consultant who both recommended that the planning permit be GRANTED.

In moving his Motion Cr Brown made at least 12 factually inaccurate or misleading statements to his fellow Councillors.  And these are the ones he made in public, who knows what he said behind closed doors and in phone calls before the meeting. 

These statements that were used to convince his fellow councillors to vote in favour of his motion.  The most glaring error which Cr Brown failed to detect centres on an error on a date in the report, the date in question was 29 February 2019.  How do leap years happen on odd numbered years???

Cr Brown refuses to own his mistakes instead he threw the planners under the bus with an apology issued by their GM for the error in the date.  However this date is so fundamentally wrong that even a child can tell you its not right.

Cr Brown was described by Cr Moore as "well researched and thorough".  How can you be well research and thorough if you can't even figure out that leap years happen every 4 years?

Council has no way to re-hear and fix the mess made by the Officers error of date, and Cr Brown taking that date error and developing a refusal motion with his fellow councillors.   The applicants only option is VCAT.  Sign this petition to send the message to Council to not fight the case and consent to orders granting the planning permit.

This is the link to the report from Council Officers:
https://www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/download/meetings/id/1486/item_55_-_planning_permit_application_for_the_use_and_development_of_the_land_for_rural_industry_and_a_caretakers_dwelling_associated_with_industrial_hemp_at_565_murray_road_vervale

This is the video of the meeting,   our application starts about 45mins into the recording.
https://www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/meetings/meeting/142/town_planning_committee_meeting/attachment/1489

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