Skating furore as hearing day set

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Skating furore as hearing day set

A CONTROVERSIAL mega skating ramp – the largest in the southern hemisphere –returned to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on Friday, September 23.

VCAT has decided there was enough of a case to justify a one day hearing; this is scheduled for October 17.

Neighbours of the megaramp in Nyora’s Restlee Drive have asked VCAT to review South Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to allow sponsors’ signage and logos on the ramp, claiming such logos pointed to the proponent’s “business intent” for the ramp.

VCAT had ordered no logos, signage, banners or the like to be placed on or around the skate ramp “to the satisfaction of the responsible authority”.

That authority is council, which said the objectors want to delete one of the endorsed plans relating to the approval of stickers and or logos that are only visible to ramp users.

Council approved a large sticker measuring 1.2m square and a smaller sticker.

Objecting neighbour Gary Clarke said neighbours “thought it was all over until we viewed the council approved plans”.

“In these plans it clearly shows sponsors signage and logos on the ramp. In the VCAT ruling they prohibited signage on or around the ramp – condition 11, no logos, signage, banners or the like must be placed on or around the skate ramp to the satisfaction of the responsible authority,” he said.

“Council feel they have the right to amend the decision because the phrase ‘to the satisfaction of the responsible authority’ was written in at the end of the condition, so with our barristers’ advice we are off to VCAT again.

“We are filing a section S89 application to cancel or amend a planning permit.”

Megaramp proponent Peter Wilson said he had been unaware of the upcoming VCAT hearing.

“I have been issued my permits to have the Megaranch Training Facility which was a long time coming,”
he said.

“The earthworks have begun to re-position the ramp out of the complainants’ view. I’m looking at completing the Megaramp by late December.

“I have a couple world class athletes booked in to come from overseas January to test the ramp for me.”

Rebirth on the way: the original mega ramp is removed at the order of South Gippsland Shire Council, ahead of being built in a new location on the Nyora property. Photo: Facebook.

Rebirth on the way: the original mega ramp is removed at the order of South Gippsland Shire Council, ahead of being built in a new location on the Nyora property. Photo: Facebook.

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