MEDIA RELEASE: 2 NOVEMBER 2016
Community Association makes a desperate bid to survive
Today, the Drysdale & Clifton Springs Community Association officially launches a Cost Appeal to raise $5,500 in legal costs awarded against it in August by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
If the association fails to raise the money, it faces further legal action, which would close it down. The Cost Appeal is a last desperate attempt to stop that happening.
The association had asked VCAT to stop Caltex franchisee Milemaker Petroleum building a service station at the junction of Jetty Road and High Street, Drysdale. Hundreds of residents had objected to the service station, but VCAT dismissed the case, ordering the association to pay Milemaker $5,500 in legal costs by 7 December.
One chance left
“The association has just this one chance to raise the money”, said association Secretary Patrick Hughes. “We asked VCAT not to make us pay Milemaker’s legal costs, supported by local federal MPs Richard Marles and Sarah Henderson, local state MP and Environment Minister Lisa Neville and councillor Rod Macdonald; and an online petition of 349 signatures. Still, VCAT awarded costs against us.”
“We wrote to Milemaker”, he said, “asking it to forgo the costs as a gesture of good will to the local community, as did Lisa Neville. Neither of us has received a reply.”
Association Treasurer Doug Carson said, “Closing the association would end its community-building work. Drysdale is growing rapidly and we’ve lobbied for a bypass for the increased traffic and leisure facilities for the increased population, such as a sports precinct and fishing platform. We also run the popular Festival of Glass.”
Contribute to the Cost Appeal
· Online. Our account at Bendigo Bank: BSB 633000, Acc 1497-62791, Ref MM.
· By mail. DCSCA, P.O. Box 581, Drysdale 3222. Please mark envelope “MM”.
· In person (i). At SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre, Drysdale High Street.
· In person (ii) Join the association just $5, payable online or by mail (see above).
Please include your email or address with your donation; if Milemaker belatedly waives the legal costs, the association intends to return all contributions
Doug Carson, Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association: 0418 371 308
Patrick Hughes, Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association 5251 3394
For background, see DCSCA’s blog: http//:drycliftdays.blogspot.com