The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) announced last week it has scheduled a 30-minute directions hearing on the Australian Community Support Organisation’s (ACSO) proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre near Numurkah beginning at 9.30am today (Wednesday, June 28) in Melbourne.
VCAT had asked ACSO in February to submit further documentation to its appeal dossier including a Flood Risk Report as well as a Land Capability Analysis.
ACSO was then given two weeks to advise VCAT whether it intended to conduct the two reports and then supply all parties which attended the hearing with a copy of the reports including Moira Shire Council, the CFA, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the respondent objectors.
The original hearing was presided over by Senior Member Laurie Hewet and Member Ann Keddie.
ACSO went to VCAT to appeal Moira Shire Council’s decision in July 2016 to refuse a planning permit for the rehabilitation centre, with a five day hearing held at the end of February.
In a statement to the Yarrawonga Chronicle a VCAT spokesperson confirmed the tribunal had received submissions from the Wunghnu-Numurkah Action Group on May 30 and Moira Shire Council on June 1 in relation to the further documentation provided by ACSO.
The spokesperson told the Chronicle today’s hearing would consider “whether a group of objectors are parties to the case and, if so, what will happen next” and secondly, “whether a further hearing is required to address matters raised in the flood risk report and the land capability analysis”.