Labor Will Give Locals A Fair Go At VCAT
An Andrews Labor Government will give communities a fair go at VCAT and a real voice in the planning process.
Labor will amend the Planning and Environment Act so that, where appropriate, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) must take into account the extent of community opposition to planning proposals.
Shadow Planning Minister Brian Tee, and Labor Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, met with locals at Tecoma to announce the commitment.
The changes would see significant community opposition – such as that in response to Tecoma McDonalds or Prahran’s Orrong Rd Towers – formally taken into account.
Quotes attributable to Mr Tee:
“Under the Liberals, the planning process isn’t working. Locals aren’t getting a say in the future of their own community.”
“Labor will give locals a fair hearing, because they know what’s best for their street and their suburb.”
“It won’t appease a noisy minority, but it will recognise a community standing together.”
Quotes attributable to Mr Merlino:
“Had these changes been in place, the story here at Tecoma would have been very different.”
“Under the Liberals, the Dandenong Ranges weren’t listened to. Labor will make sure our voices are heard in the future.”
“This isn’t anti-development. This will make the planning process work, encouraging stronger proposals that will win the community’s support.”
- Currently under the law, VCAT is not able to take into account the extent of community opposition. These changes would allow VCAT to consider the weight of public opinion for the first time.