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 A Win For the Little Guys
 Posted: Jul 11 2018, 04:39 PM

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Win for the Carters' Castle: Planning Minister tells local council it's dreaming in bid to throw family off land

By Lauren Day

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The Carters' Castle: One family's decade-long fight to keep its own slice of serenity

A family whose plight was likened to that of the Kerrigans in Australian movie The Castle have won a battle to keep their land.

Five generations of the Carter family have lived at Marong, near Bendigo, for around 100 years, but for more than a decade they've been fighting the local council's attempts to compulsorily acquire 313 hectares of it to create a business park.

Earlier this year, the City of Greater Bendigo voted six to two in favour of the acquisition and the decision was left with Victoria's Planning Minister Richard Wynne for final approval.

Mr Wynne has now refused the council's request.

"In the absence of any agreement between the parties, the rejection of compulsory acquisition here, I believe, is the right outcome," he said.

"The independent panel that assessed this planning scheme amendment by the City of Greater Bendigo indicated that compulsory acquisition was not warranted.

"But the council continued to press and against, obviously, the very clear wishes of the Carter family that their land was not for sale."

'The little guys really can win'

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Photo: Tamrie Carter would have had to find somewhere else to live if the compulsory acquisition was approved. (ABC News: Lauren Day)

Tamrie Carter, who lives in an 1850s former pub located on the land, said the whole family was thrilled by the decision.

"We are still in shock and have some disbelief that it is all really over," she said.

"But we are over the moon that good can prevail and the little guys really can win!"

Bendigo Mayor Margaret O'Rourke said the Minister's decision was "extremely disappointing".

"This decision will have a significant impact on our thriving advanced local manufacturing sector," she said.

"The lack of suitable industrial land remains a serious and pressing issue for Greater Bendigo. Without it we risk losing not just future but existing jobs for our growing population."

Mr Wynne said the State Government would continue to work with the council to find another site for the proposed business park.

"I've advised the CEO that the Victorian Planning Authority wants to work alongside the City of Greater Bendigo to locate an alternative site for the business park and they will consider that request," he said.

It's wrong that councils think they can run roughshod over long-time land-owners in their area.

Full credit to Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, for supporting the Carters.

Shame on Mayor Margaret O'Rourke for putting businesses ahead of families in the area.

“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” - John Wooden
 Posted: Jul 11 2018, 05:06 PM

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Perhaps City of Greater Bendigo Council can forcibly resume the land of the Shire President and of those around her to accommodate the Business park.

If that land isn't enough; build up.

This post has been edited by lee: Jul 11 2018, 05:07 PM

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