VCAT upholds council’s billboard decision

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

The applicant, Total Outdoor Media lodged an appeal with the state’s planning umpire last year 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 decision was handed down on February 19, with VCAT member Tracey Bilston-McGillen affirming council’s decision to reject the application, deciding not to grant a permit based on a number of grounds.

“I am persuaded that the proposed sign would not enhance or complement the character of the  area,” it is stated on the VCAT decision.

“The proposed sign would be visually intrusive in a location that is described as a rural setting.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 26

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