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We need to protect our unique bush setting and rural way of life. This means limited or no more subdivisions. We value our country feel, rural lifestyle, fresh air, easy access to outdoor activities, National Park and small community feel and these is our biggest asset and it needs to be protected for not only our children but their grandchildren as well.
I totally agree. This is why most of us live here.
There is one issue though, that needs clarification. For most people in this world, rural lifestyle means living in a close-knitted community village and having a farm, for most city-slickers in this world, it means living on a 5-40 acre lot, which they turn into their own dream.
For the latter this is a way out of their life in suburbia, they don't want to be connected to the people of the land, the farmers, they just want to sleep in a bushy setting and breath the fresh air.
I have no problems with city people enriching our community, but we should all live in one village and should stop any subdivision outside the village border, except it is a working farm of a few hundred acres.
I do agree that we need to limit the subdivisions, but I do not agree that there should be no more subdivisions.
We cannot remain a sleepy hollow for eternity.
The Kinglake Ranges and surrounding areas need to grow to be sustainable. So subdivisions also need to be sustainable. What we don't want is to see thousands of 1/4 acre blocks. I know that my family did not move here to be in suburbia. We moved here to get away from suburbia.
'sustainable' can have so many meanings. For Murrindindi Shire it might fundamentally mean increasing rate revenue, and further development of the Kinglake ranges has always appeared to be the only way for the Shire to achieve this. But this is surely a question of governance. Would the same pressures be in play if we were part of the Whittlesea or Nillumbik Shires,both with an already substantial rate-base. The Ranges might well be considered their "jewel in the crown", and diligently protected from development. I recall that there was a submission from Whittlesea Shire planning dept. on the Kinglake/Flowerdale Strategy, which was strongly against the rezoning of farmland for residential subdivision.
The issue of block size is really difficult, as smaller lot sizes mean less farmland is lost forever. Many of us were in favour of 2ha minimum lot sizes for Kinglake West/ Pheasant Creek, but this means an enormous loss of valuable and highly versatile farmland.
I think the current KFT Draft plan is really good, what do you think?