MINISTER for Planning, Richard Wynne, recently announced that a planning application for the proposed Mt Buller Mt Stirling Link Road, reviewed by an independent advisory committee, had been rejected.
The review followed on from a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing which was called-in by the former Minister for Planning in 2014.
Mr Wynne advised objectors to the road plan, Victorian National Parks Association, that the review found insufficient investigation had been carried out on both design and native vegetation removal for a permit to be granted.
He said the recommendation of the advisory committee not to grant a permit would be upheld at this time.
However, in the committee’s final recommendation, under the second condition, several points made it clear that if further investigations were carried out the planning permit for the link road could be reapplied for and reconsidered.
Included in these conditions was a detailed cost estimate be prepared for the works and the final design be supported with advice from suitably qualified geotechnical engineers and ecological experts, and where practical more economical minimising constructing the road on fill.