To all of you that responded to my recent request for help, a big thank
you. Federal and State leaders were flooded with email messages.
The Victorian State Government reaffirmed their commitment to a National
Park at Point Nepean, and became one of two tenderers for the Defence land.
Unfortunately, the Federal Government has ignored this option. Given the
choice between a popular National Park and a property developer, they have
chosen the latter.
The Defence land at Point Nepean is to be divided up and handed over to
a consortium backed by a large Queensland property development group, FKP
Limited, with plans to build a luxury hotel, restaurants, convention
centre and other related developments.
It is understood there were only two tenderers, including the Victorian
State Government which planned to have the entire area proclaimed a National
The State Government plan was overwhelmingly supported by the community
and hundreds of community groups.
The Federal Governmentıs decision also ignores the defence departmentıs
own master plan for Point Nepean, which called for a public park.
Information about the decision and the tender process remains secret. The
50 year lease may be signed as early as next week, with public scrutiny
This is a disgraceful result, apparently directed against the Victorian
Government for political reasons. The community view has been overlooked.
All attempts by the State Government to negotiate the establishment of a
National Park were blocked. The tender process itself was flawed. The parliamentary
secretary for Defence, Fran Bailey, publicly ridiculed the Victorian Governmentıs
tender as a "stunt" before the close of tenders. Privileged information
was leaked. Senior Federal Government representatives gave open support
a certain bid (which later withdrew) during the process.
Federal MP for Flinders, Greg Hunt, has now admitted making false and misleading
statements about the future of Point Nepean in his community newsletters.
By his action he falsely reassured the community, and discouraged scrutiny
of the process.
I donıt know about you, but I am disgusted and angry. This debacle is all
about cheap political point scoring. The Federal Government is determined
to become landlord to a property developer, on pristine and historically
significant Victorian land. Once new infrastructure is in place, I
predict that this lease will be converted to a freehold sale, at some stage
in the future, with the obvious preference being given to the existing use.
This is a neat way to get around Victorian planning laws, which would have
prevented such a development.
So what can everyone do next? Email letters of objection to
the Federal Government.
I ask that all of you give it at least one shot. Email or telephone
your objections. It is urgent, and this is the last opportunity.
I have never been actively involved in politics, but this issue has shown
me that eventually you must take a stand. The community needs to send a
strong message, particularly to Federal MPs Greg Hunt (Flinders) and
Fran Bailey (McEwen) at the next election.
I have never asked friends to do this sort of thing before, but if you are
as angry as I am about the outcome, please donıt delay, even by a day.
Send email messages now to the Federal leaders whose addresses appear below.
You should make plain your objection to their handing this precious Victorian
land over to property developers.
If you put your name and address at the bottom, even on a short email message,
they are obliged to reply to you. Please ask all your address book contacts
to do the same thing:
John Howard: Prime Minister; Ph: Canberra 02 6277 7700;
Peter Costello, Treasurer; Ph: Canberra 02 6277 7340 (Victorian Electorate:
Senator the Hon. Robert Hill: Minister for Defence; Ph: Canberra 02 6277
Dr David Kemp, Minister for Environment and Heritage; Ph: Canberra 02 6277
7640 (Victorian Electorate: 9557 4644)
Fran Bailey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence; Ph: Canberra
02 6277 4433 (Victorian Electorate 5962 1255)
Greg Hunt, Member for Flinders, Ph: Canberra 02 6277 2276 (5979 3188)
If Point Nepean is split up and developed, please keep a long memory when
you vote at the next federal election. No government should be allowed to
override overwhelming community wishes with such contempt. Unfortunately
the current federal government has a pattern of such behaviour.
Donıt you think it is time they were given the message?
Many thanks to all of you who have helped so far. Please continue to assist.
If you take action, Point Nepean might still be saved.