No Mornington Kaufland: a victory for the community and Council!

Published on 02 September 2019

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2 September 2019

A proposed Kaufland development in Mornington has been rejected due to pressure from the community and Council. 

The site, known as the BATA site, has not been approved as part of the Kaufland Stores in Victoria Advisory Committee’s recommendations.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said this is a major win for the environment, the community and local business in Mornington.  

“The proposed location is on the border of the Green Wedge and would destroy the prominent natural gateway to Mornington.

“Further to this, the establishment of such a major retail site on industrial land outside the Mornington Activity Centre could negatively impact the retail economy within the Mornington Village.

“We have one of the few successful strip shopping streets in the state and we must protect it!  

“The community and Council worked together to highlight this issue, resulting in the state government receiving over 80 submissions related to the Mornington Kaufland proposal,” concluded Councillor Gill.

In total, 100 submissions were received for the Coolaroo, Mornington and Oakleigh South proposed Kaufland sites.

Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb said “we thank the community immensely for working alongside us to demonstrate how collaborating can achieve great outcomes”.

Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn said “we are proud of the community’s response on this issue and we know many of our residents will be excited to hear this great news!”

Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark said “this is a fantastic result for local business, the community and Council! The large turnout by our community and businesses to the public hearings showed how passionate we are together”.

To view the final Advisory Committee Report visit: engage.vic.gov.au/kaufland-advisory-committee/nepean-highway (under Document Library)

To read more about Council’s position visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/kaufland

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Last year, Kaufland Australia Pty Ltd requested that the Minister for Planning change the planning scheme provisions that apply to the land at 1158 Nepean Highway, Mornington to facilitate the development of a supermarket-based store.

The Minister for Planning referred the proposal to the Kaufland Stores in Victoria Advisory Committee.

In response, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council released a community awareness issues paper for local residents. The paper informed them of the matters related to the supermarket proposal and assessment against the existing local planning scheme. 

The state government held a public exhibition period and received submissions between 5 December 2018 and 1 February 2019. A Directions Hearing was held on 8 February 2019 and the Public Hearing held in late February.

In February 2019, Council invited residents and stakeholders to attend a Community Meeting regarding Council’s submission to the state government’s Kaufland Stores in Victoria Advisory Committee process.

Following the state government Public Hearing, the Advisory Committee submitted its report to the Minister for Planning.