Golden Beach is part of the Ninety Mile Beach in Gippsland, where blocks of land were sold in the 1950s and ’60s. (ABC Gippsland: Bec Symons)
The Victorian Ombudsman will examine a decades-long dispute between the Wellington Shire Council and landholders alongside Ninety Mile Seashore within the state’s east.
Coastal land was subdivided and bought within the 1950s and ’60s by an actual property agent promising the following Surfers Paradise.
However planning adjustments over subsequent many years have stopped many house owners from constructing on the land.
On high of that, forecasts of rising sea ranges have lowered the worth of the land to the purpose the place some take into account it virtually nugatory.
The council purchased again among the land for as little as $500 a block.
It just lately introduced plans to promote the land for at or above the present market worth, angering many house owners who really feel they’ve been ripped off.
The ombudsman has acquired practically 30 complaints from landowners, primarily from Golden Seashore east of Sale, who raised issues they’re being charged charges for land they can’t construct on and even entry.
The investigation will even look into the council’s buyback of among the land for little or no compensation, and the communication between the council and landholders.
A ‘complicated scenario’
Ombudsman Deborah Glass stated the core situation was whether or not the council has handled landowners pretty.
“The complaints that we’re coping with are in regards to the council’s charging of charges on land that, for probably the most half, folks cannot construct on, and in some instances cannot even entry,” Ms Glass stated.
Ms Glass stated her division will even examine the council’s communication with land homeowners, the acquisition of land beneath the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986, the administration of a voluntary help scheme, and the therapy of land thought of surplus.
However Ms Glass stated it was a posh situation that will take time to research correctly.
She stated her division has already obtained quite a lot of background data from the Division of Atmosphere, Land, Water and Planning, and from the Wellington Shire Council.
“This goes again many years,” stated Ms Glass.
“There’s quite a lot of historic data round selections that had been remodeled the interval that we have to perceive, then we have to perceive the council’s selections in relation to that.”
Ms Glass stated that the council was co-operating with the investigation.
“They’re conscious of the investigation, and I’ve no cause to suspect that they will not be completely co-operative with us.”