*UPDATE* 9/12/2021 - Community win back their land!
Friends of the Earth were notified by email on Saturday November 27th that an outcome has been reached in response to the VCAT hearing which took place in June this year (Farrell and others v South Gippsland Shire Council). Lavers Hill have withdrawn from their planning application and will not continue to pursue with the extension and destruction of the land that plays a key role as a wildlife corridor. Below notes the decisions that were finalised after the VCAT hearing.
• the variation to the previously approved work plan has not received statutory endorsement under section
77TD(1) of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990;
• the cost and time involved in obtaining statutory endorsement of the work plan variation and participating
in the current review proceeding has fundamentally compromised the commercial viability of the quarry
• our client therefore no longer intends to seek statutory endorsement of the work plan variation or contest
the Application for Review; and
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• in the circumstances, our client:
- does not consider the hearing can proceed as scheduled; and
- does not seek an adjournment or a further practice day hearing.
Strzelecki Koalas habitat is under threat in Fish Creek.
It's estimated that there are only 1,500 genetically robust Strzelecki Koalas remaining in Gippsland. This important koala population is holding on but can't cope with any more habitat loss (please refer to our blog for more information).
The Laver's Hill Quarry in Fish Creek, Gippsland want to expand their hill-top quarry by an additional 24 hectares, the equivalent of 10 football fields, which will wipe-out native vegetation integral to the Strzelecki Koala.
Strzelecki Koala's are in competition with privatised, industrialised land that lacks the protection to protect and sustain their species. Not only that but bushfires which are becoming of increasing prevalence and severity are often wiping out their clan numbers, their home and nutritional supply.
Whilst this quarry has been approved by the local South Gippsland Shire, we want to see clarity in the form of an environmental impact assessment.
Will you sign the petition calling for Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to intervene and protect koala habitat?