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Skate ramp ordeal rolls on

 

THE biggest skating ramp in the southern hemisphere continues to cause controversy in the Nyora community.

The megaramp at 80 Restlee Drive has sparked opposition from neighbours in the past, concerned about the impact of the massive ramp on their right to peace.

Now the owner, Peter Wilson, has built an accommodation building and boardwalk on his 4.6ha property without planning permission. Last Wednesday, South Gippsland Shire Council granted a retrospective permit for the works.

Council received 12 objections to the latest permit application, citing amenity concerns and impacts of construction on the creek running through the property.

The building to be used for accommodation is a single storey Colourbond structure on stumps, setback five metres from the creek, and has three bedrooms, a bathroom, toilet and living area.

The retrospective permit application also included retrospective approval for two existing horse shelters and approval to build a further two horse shelters and to extend the boardwalk.

Neighbours have tried to stop the megaramp in the past by taking the matter to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Cr Aaron Brown backed the retrospective permit, saying the attraction would “encourage people from all over the world who want to come use this facility to come and stay, and potentially have a look at what this shire has to offer”.

Deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel wondered if approving the permit retrospectively would encourage other people to not follow planning procedures.

Cr Lorraine Brunt opposed granting a permit, saying the megaramp was an unsuitable use of land zoned rural living, with noise affecting neighbours’ privacy, particularly when they “pay good rates”.

“I believe they are entitled to their amenity,” she said.

The permit was granted with the support of councillors Andrew McEwen, Alyson Skinner, Don Hill, Aaron Brown and Meg Edwards. In opposition were councillors Brunt, mayor Ray Argento and Kiel.

Making memories: Peter Wilson (right), the owner of the megaramp at Nyora, enjoys fun times with friends at his big boys’ playground. Photo: Facebook.

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