On the 11th July, the Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS) published a Notice of Intention to Sell Land on which the Buxton Chapel sits. The Shoreham Community Association (SCA) and the Flinders District Historical Society (FDHS), and anyone else who may wish to protest the chapel’s sale, had until the 11th August to make submissions to show why the sale should not go ahead.
MPS Council has notified objectors that it will be convening a Committee to consider submissions and to hear from those who have requested to do so verbally. This is called a Section 223 Committee.
Under Section 223 of the Local Government Act, persons can be invited to make a verbal submission to Council (or a Council committee) concerning various types of decisions such as its Intention to Sell Land - as in the case of Shoreham’s open-air chapel.
The Chapel item has been listed for a Section 223 Committee Meeting on Monday 23rd October commencing at 6:30PM at the Council Chambers - 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud. The meeting is open to the public should you wish to attend, but only those who have indicated they wish to be heard verbally are invited to speak.
Should you have made a submission:
- Because there are other items on the agenda and due to the large number of submissions made in relation to the Chapel, each person will be limited to speak for 3 minutes only. Council suggests that, should you wish to be heard verbally, you should bring a written/typed copy to read from and to provide this to the committee clerk for minuting purposes.
- Should you be intending to make a verbal submission and wish to coordinate it with the Shoreham Community Association and others (in order to make the most of your 3 minutes of fame), please contact our Secretary, Kathryn Shain by e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or telephone on 03 5989 8179.
For further information on the Chapel, please visit: http://shoreham.vic.au/strategic-planning/#BuxtonChapel .