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THE independent panel report for the Port
Albert rural residential lifestyle lot review, or
amendment C95, was released on February
The aim of the C95, conducted by Wellington Shire
Council, was to identify land within Port Albert which
could provide blocks for rural lifestyle living opportuni-
Appointed by the Minister for Planning, the panel re-
port on amendment C95 found in the majority of cases, the
existing farming zone (FZ) for most precincts was inap-
“It was disappointing council did not look to go fur-
ther with its recommendations in order to rectify this,” the
The Port Albert Progress Association was encouraged
by the report’s findings.
Association president Saul Stainer said he hopes it has
given council the opportunity to rezone land that would be
more suitable for the purposes of rural living and reflect
its existing use.
“We are hoping the panel report has empowered coun-
cil to revisit the issues of inappropriate zonings in Port
Albert,” he said.
Mr Stainer said the report found council failed to ap-
ply the correct zonings to land in Port Albert in many in-
stances. “The report acknowledged many of the arguments
put forward by the Port Albert Progress Association about
inappropriate land zonings were valid and encouraged
council to engage more in the consultation process with
us,” he said.
“Unfortunately the panel did not support our argument
that land on the south side of the Old Port Foreshore Road
needed to be considered for residential rezoning as well.”
Mr Stainer said the panel report found the application
of FZ has been too broad and that further analysis was
“It stated that any further review of the situation needs
to involve a ‘consultation component in order to gain back
some of the lost ownership of the outcome expressed by
the Port Albert community’,” he said.
The panel report acknowledged zones had been too
“The rural residential and rural conservation zonings
should be implemented as soon as practicable by council,
reflected in throughout this report,” it said.
“This will build upon and reinforce previous consulta-
tions and studies commissioned by council.”
Mr Stainer said the progress association hope this will
happen as soon as practicable.
“This is an opportunity the council should embrace
to finally get these inappropriate zonings corrected,” he
The report concluded council provided necessary stra-
tegic justification and amendment C95 implements rel-
evant state and local planning policy.
The panel has recommended council adopt amendment
C95 as it was exhibited with the exception of some minor
changes proposed to two parcels of land within Langsbor-
“As an independent arbiter, we welcome the findings
of the panel, which will facilitate the opportunities the
community was keen to provide for people looking for a
rural living lifestyle within Port Albert,” council manager
land use planning Joshua Clydesdale said.
“Amendment C95 will also rezone Seaview Caravan
Park to a rural activity zone which will recognise it as a
key tourist facility.”
Council will now consider the panel report and the op-
tions available to finalise the Amendment C95 process.
Port in the zone
Splendid: organiser of the Vintage Car Rally as part of the Port Albert 175th
anniversary, Mike Luke looks over the Corvette C6 grand sports car of Barry
Bennett who travelled from Melbourne to take part in the event.
Sport: Yarram paramedic Rob Baker put on his car lovers hat on
Sunday at the Port Albert 175th anniversary Vintage Car Rally and
showed off his AC Cobra which he built himself over five years and has
been driving on the road since 1993. Rob is pictured with good friend
and Yarram Good Times Motoring Club member Gordon Lawrie who
showed off his Lincoln at the rally.
The good times roll on
THERE were vintage cars for as far
as the eye could see at the Port Al-
bert 175th anniversary Vintage Car
Rally in Rutter Park on Sunday.
Port Albert’s Mike Luke organised the
event which attracted more than 80 cars
including a 1976 Rolls Royce owned by
Barry and Marion Drake who travelled
from Mornington, a Corvette owned by
Barry and Raelene Bennett and a hand
built Cobra owned by local paramedic
Rob Baker and his wife Robyn.
The local Good Times Motoring Club,
Wonthaggi and Leongatha were also there
in numbers as well as an old army truck
The procession of cars from Yarram to
Port Albert provided quite a spectacle for
Good Times Motoring Club enthusiast
Anna Lawler reported that most of the
cars gathered in the Yarram Hub carpark.
“Local Police closed off Commercial
Road to help us get on our way to Port
Albert for the show,” she said.
There were two awards given out at
the show. The army truck from Maffra
taking out the most unique and local car
enthusiast Andy Macmeikan went home
with the best car award for his 1865 Ford
Mustang which Andy and son Chris re-
stored over a six year period.
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