Crisp Outraged Over Planning Limbo

Member for Mildura Peter Crisp is outraged over the State Government’s arrogant, bungled approach to Mildura’s planning scheme.

Speaking on the Victorian Planning Authority Bill in Parliament, he outlined how the Andrews Labor Government has rejected approvals for new housing developments on small, disused agricultural blocks in the Mildura Old Irrigation Area (MOIA), leaving landowners who have long been looking to develop their blocks in limbo.

Mr Crisp said the decision was yet another display of its city-centric leadership, and shows the utter contempt with which the Andrews Labor Government treats regional Victorians.

“Planning Minister Richard Wynne has proven he has no idea about Mildura’s needs or what the community wants,” Mr Crisp said.

“This has caused great hardship for the people of Mildura and has cost a number of individuals a great deal of money.

“Land purchased for $80,000 or $100,000 in some instances is now worth $2,000.

“Two years after the election, the Minister has still not visited Mildura.

“The closest he has come in his parliamentary role to Mildura is a media release during his election campaign in which he called for more new housing in our area – but now he has hypocritically closed the door on that.”

Mr Crisp said new housing developments in the MOIA were important to help Mildura grow and develop in coming decades as irrigated production moved on to new greenfield sites.

“We have a lot of opportunity for Mildura’s economy to boom in coming years, but we need the leadership to make that happen,” he said.

“Daniel Andrews and his Planning Minister are holding back our economy with these ill-informed decisions and lack of understanding of country Victoria.

“Unfortunately Labor has proven it would rather rort at every opportunity than look after every day Victorians.”

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