WETLANDS west of Inverloch – a “fantastic” place for birds, ducks and swans – are up for sale and local residents have raised concerns that the sale contradicts planning controls.
Peter Ghys lives near the wetlands on Albert Ruttle Drive and last week presented to Bass Coast Shire councillors concerns around the sale of the 23-acres, which includes 5.7 acres of wetlands.
The permit for 30 lots on Albert Ruttle Drive was approved in 2002 and Mr Ghys said the wetland reserve was an open space contribution.
He said it’s popular with Inverloch residents and there are two titles on the land, the 23-acres selling for $615,000.
“We were all flabbergasted because as far as we knew, this was the reserve,” he said.
Mr Ghys said the advertisements for the property indicate dwellings can be built on both titles.
The realestate.com.au listing states, “Choose from a number of potential building sites to position your home to take full advantage of the amazing views on offer.
“With outlooks over the wetlands and the sea on offer from the property the options are only limited by your imagination.”
He argued if the two titles are sold and a dwelling is built on each, it would bring it to 32 lots.
“It seems to contradict the planning controls.”
Mr Ghys is concerned the wetlands might no longer be accessible by residents if it’s sold.
He is keen for council to determine if the two lots are for a reserve, and to notify the real estate agents and the community of any possible restrictions on the use of the land.
“If some kind-minded person wants to buy it and keep it as a reserve, go for it,” he said.
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said it wasn’t something council could answer in one or two lines and needed a great deal of attention and a detailed response.
The real estate agent selling the property declined to comment.
Wetland sale sparks worry