Planning & Tourism Development

Over the last 15 to 20 years the control of land use has been centralised in Melbourne in the State Government offices to the extent that while the Shire has significant input over the boundaries of various zones it often has little or no influence on the activities that can be carried out within the zones.  For the last six years accommodation and restaurant development has been essentially prohibited by the State Government in all farming and rural zones. The Chamber’s view is that this has inhibited the growth of tourism by stopping the new product needed to generate activity, interest and publicity for the area and is campaigning to have this changed. While more new product may seem to dissadvantage existing operators the Chamber believes that it is essential to keep the product fresh and interesting if we are going to compete with the rest of the world.