Council to defend its decision to reject billboard at VCAT

The company behind a controversial planning application to install a billboard along the Pyrenees Highway has taken the Central Goldfields Shire Council’s decision to reject the application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The applicant, Total Outdoor Media has lodged an appeal with the state’s planning umpire after the application for a major promotional sign at 4027 Pyrenees Highway,

Carisbrook, was rejected by council at its July ordinary council meeting on a number of grounds. Nine objections were also received against the planning application.

The proposed sign would be 12.6 metres long, 3.35 metres high and have an advertising area each side of 42.21 metres squared.

According to VCAT, Total Outdoor Media submitted an application for council’s decision to be reviewed on July 27 under Section 77 of Planning and Environment Act 1987. The appeal hearing is

scheduled for January, 2019. Council’s reasons for refusal included that the sign would negatively impact on the rural landscape character of the location, it would not enhance the entry to Carisbrook, it was excessive to scale to its surroundings and did not have regard to the waterway or rural setting and impacted on a driver’s line of sight.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, October 9.

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