The following template is a guide for emailing to Planning Minister Richard Wynne (Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org), but could also be sent to Minster Neville and Minister D’Ambrosia.
Please feel free to edit and add in areas that are of particular interest to you such as those mentioned in the video or the ‘further information’ section.
Dear Minister Wynne,
The proposed Montarosa large-scale resort development at Princetown is totally inappropriate for this site on a flood prone area in a nationally significant wetland. Given the increasing climate extremes we know will impact our coastal areas we are asking that this decision be reviewed and preferably reversed.
Its conditional approval sets a very bad precedent for coastal planning in Victoria, and goes against the current Victorian Labor Government's claim of being the 'most progressive government' ever.
This planned resort on the floodplain of the Gellibrand River estuary:
is contrary to the agreed vision for Princetown described in the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan;
will alter the hydrology of the area;
would impact on rare and threatened wildlife and ecological communities;
requires sewerage to be trucked from the resort to who-knows-where.
Since conditional approval of the resort, Victorian coastal planning has been strengthened. This should now apply to this project. There has been no Coastal Hazard Assessment done on this land which is a statuary requirement, and a common sense approach to building such a high density tourism facility on a coastal floodplain.
As the responsible Minister, can you give an undertaking that Montarosa’s reports and management plans are assessed by relevant experts, against these new strategies and legislation?
We look forward to your response.