Mildura Weekly : Friday January 23 Vol 9 No 11 2015
Distributed FREE every Friday FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015 WWW.MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU VOL 9 #11 NOW’S THE TIME Landowners call for immediate planning shake-up By VINNIE RODI MERBEIN residents and former grape growers Nick and Mary Cavallo are urging Mildura Ru- ral City Council to rethink its approach to planning matters across the municipality. The couple believes that current laws disadvantage farmers look- ing to “retire on their land.” Owners of an 11.6 hectare property in Birdwoodton, the Ca- vallos have spent the past two years attempting to subdivide their house – and an acre or two – from the rest of their land, with the goal to then sell the remainder of the property to their neighbour, who is looking to redevelop it for farming purposes. “At the moment our property is essentially abandoned,” Mr Cavallo said. “We did have a couple of acres of wine grapes left, but decided this year that it wasn’t worth pursuing because of the low prices. “Essentially the land is sitting there with nothing on it except for our house. “The most frustrating thing about this whole issue is that we have a buyer, our neighbour, will- ing to buy a portion of our property and redevelop it, something that we aren’t in a position to do ourselves because of our age.” And while a good plan on pa- per, current planning laws won’t al- low the Cavallos to follow through. In 2002 the Cavallos made the decision to subdivide two, 4000 square metre lots off their existing property, with those lots at the time sold for residential purposes. As a result of that initial subdi- vision, the Cavallos entered into a ‘173 Agreement’ with Council that states that no further lots can be subdivided from the land for hous- ing purposes, and that the remain- ing 11.6 hectares be used for farm- ing use only. “We’ve been told by Council that this Agreement can be removed under the right circumstances, which is what we’re trying to do,” Mr Cavallo said. • Continued Page 3 The sweet sell of success Ingrid Medova and Peter Allen are the new owners of what is known as ‘the Bushells shop’ in Tenth Street, and they have been busy returning the weatherboard landmark to its past glory trading as the Ye Olde Lolly Shoppe. See ALEXANDRA TRELOAR’S story on Page 8.
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