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Liberal Nationals to protect Phillip Island

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and the unplanned inappropriate overdevelopment which is his only response to it. Our sensitive coastal towns and villages need greater protections from unplanned overdevelopment and uncontrolled growth.

Appropriate height and density controls and, importantly, rigid and enduring town boundaries need to be established urgently to stop our most prized coastal assets from being utterly destroyed by Labor’s development free for all.

A Liberal Nationals Government will move to declare Phillip Island a distinctive area and landscape with established town boundaries under the Planning and Environment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Act) within six months of assuming office.

As part of this declaration, the Liberal Nationals commit to develop a Localised Planning Statement for Phillip Island to protect against the excesses of future Labor governments.
This comes on top of our commitment to do the same for the Surf Coast, Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas and the Yarra and Macedon Ranges.

We will also restore the original protections afforded by the General and Neighbourhood Residential Zones. These zones, put in place by the previous Liberal Government, were subsequently gutted by Daniel Andrews to facilitate Labor’s agenda of forced densification of, not only suburban Melbourne, but also our precious coastal towns and villages, highly regarded by both residents and visitors alike.

Unlike Daniel Andrews, we will remove as of right three storey, 11 metre limits in the General Residential zone. In their place we will limit heights to their intended 9 metres.

Our coastal towns and villages should not have unwanted 3 storey apartment block style developments forced upon them and only the Liberals will restore these critical protections.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis:

The Liberal Nationals are committed to preserving Victoria’s most iconic and natural assets by blocking inappropriate overdevelopment on Phillip Island, the Surf Coast, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas and the Yarra and Macedon Ranges.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to protect our suburbs and decentralise our population across Victoria.”

Comments attributable to Member for Bass, Brian Paynter:

“Phillip Island is a special place and needs protection. Not just for our generation but for generations to come.
Only the Liberal Nationals will take ensure Phillip Island gets the protection that it so richly deserves.”

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