As per the South Gippsland Shire Council advertisement, I read with dismay the council’s intention to sell off reserves in Venus Bay for what can only be described as little more than a cash grabbing exercise. Whether these land plots be of cultural or environmental significance is not the issue. Planning targets of 5 per cent of communities being allocated to public reserves is currently standing at 2 per cent.
By the council’s own intention, to sell off five lots will make their targets unachievable. The council shows little more than contempt for the community of Venus Bay and its ratepayers. Strict local by-laws preventing the clearing of blocks by private owners is enforced without mercy, yet reserves can be sold to buyers for development when there is already a glut of land available and undeveloped within our shire. Our ever increasing rate levies cannot be justified now on the basis of maintenance done and services supplied to Venus Bay.
I can only wish that we enjoyed the same status that the towns of Foster, Korumburra, Leongatha and Mirboo North whom enjoy kerbing, roads, garbage removal, family facilities etc. Without our nature reserves dotted amongst our homes we have lost our identity as a family friendly coastal destination. For those of us who do not wish to partake of beach activities, children will now have even less space to exercise. I hope that this message is received loud and clear by our Mayor Kieran Kennedy and the proposing property officer that we will not stand by and allow our community to be sold from under us.
Rhonda Jones, Venus Bay.