A STOUSH is brewing at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal over proposed housing developments on the narrow coastal strip between Allestree and Narrawong.
Local Aboriginal representatives have joined environmental group Friends of the Surry in the appeals at VCAT against planning permits granted by Planning Minister Matthew Guy for several houses, garages, and the clearing of native vegetation in the area.
The appeals are against permits granted at Ocean View Drive, Ocean View Drive West, Ocean View Drive East, Snapper Point Rd and Caravan Park Rd.
It is understood Aboriginal culture heritage issues will come to the fore during the hearing.
The Friends of the Surry is opposing the proposed developments on the grounds of predicted sea level rise and storm surges.
It believes Glenelg Shire ratepayers will foot the bill for the cost of establishing a suggested seawall and constructing groynes in the area, estimated at $125 million.
The proposed developments are on land which came under the former Development Plan Overlay 7 (DPO7).
Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.