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Council Meeting 3.15pm Sept 3

Thank you to those who attended the council meeting today to hear the response to BAG's questions. Unfortunately, a late change to the scheduling of Councils response meant that many of you missed out on that important part of the meeting.

We attempted to let as many people know as possible for the change to a 3.15pm meeting but there just wasn't time to do this very effectively. Our apologies to any one who was put out.

Look out for the next issue of Blackwood Times for a full article but in the meantime you can download the councils draft response here. Over the coming week, look out for a brief account of the meeting on facebook & the action group "site". While you're on the site, if you're not on the action group eList, be sure to sign up for any Blackwood Action updates.

Facebook is great to get last minute notifications & info so if you are there, be sure to like us. In the meantime you can download a scan of the councils draft response here.

Spotted in Moorabool News

"Group wants action" Moorabool News reports on the Can We Build Yet Public Meeting held on June 26, 2014 (.pdf 244kb)

"How long is a peice of string?" p12 Moorabool News (July 22, 2014) ramps up calls for mobile coverage in Blackwood (.pdf 260kb)

Can we build yet? Public Meeting

Burn the BMO!

May 28, 2014: One down, one to go for Blackwood...

At last it seems we have arrived at a common-sense position on the BMO, and it’s strengthening of our property rights. It’s a pity, though, that we need to expend so much time and energy dragging our politicians and bureaucrats there.

Much credit goes to Kate Cotter and her BMO Victims group, her campaign should serve as a model to anyone fighting for a fair go.

Here in Blackwood, it’s a case of “one down, one to go”, with the Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, in our sights. He needs to tell the water authorities to back off (after their 10 years of stonewalling) and leave us to build on our legally-acquired home-sites.

Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, called his changes today “ fair and responsible”. Minister, that’s all we ask from you and Mr. Walsh.

  • Vic bushfire planning regulations changed: Local Today
  • Victoria bushfire planning law changes welcomed by landowners: 7 News
  • New rules to allow families to build bunkers in fire-prone area: Herald Sun
  • Media Release: Key reforms will streamline bushfire regulations: (.pdf 301kb)
  • Victoria says bushfire planning reforms restore ‘fairness: The Australian

Kate Cotters Blog

Contact Kate via her blog if you are now unable to build on your land in Australia, due to the new Bushfire Management Overlay. I am leading a lobby group to a) change the Planning Provisions so that current landholders aren't prohibited from building their homes OR b) landholders are compensated in full for the loss of the value of their land which, under the BMO, becomes unusable and unsaleable. As landholders we want to build to the highest fire standard and protect human life.

We are NOT against building to safety regulations, we are against legislation that prevents our right to build a home on our own property.

Following is Kate's list of addresses to send letters to...

Read more: Kate Cotters Blog