Hearing dates set for challenge to proposed abalone farm
A MULTI-STEP timetable to determine whether a new abalone farm proposed for Dutton Way goes ahead has been determined.
Consideration of the proposal was advanced at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal sitting in Melbourne on Friday, before VCAT Acting Deputy President Teresa Bisucci and Senior Member Ian Potts.
Under the microscope is the Glenelg Shire Council decision to issue a permit to Yumbah Aquaculture Ltd for the $60 million Yumbah Nyamat project.
Taking issue with that decision by formal appeal are the Port of Portland Pty Ltd, L. Clarke Developments Pty Ltd, Holiday Lifestyle Developments Australia Pty Ltd and residents Rachael Matuschka, Anthony (Tony) Wright and Brian Malseed.
The Environment Protection Authority and VicRoads have been joined to the appeal. Both bodies supported the permit application before the Council.
In a related but separate action, the Port of Portland Pty Ltd has challenged the EPA support and Yumbah Aquaculture Ltd.
The next major step ordered by VCAT is a compulsory conference of parties in the overall matter, to be held in Warrnambool on Friday, November 1. The conference seeks to have all participants discuss matters in a preliminary way, without prejudice, ahead of a formal hearing if needed.