Council Works with Owners to Progress the Bonlac Site

Published on 08 September 2017

Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Alison Leighton has this week met with Bonlac factory site owner Warren Turner in a future-focused and productive meeting to discuss the site’s current status and future development plans.

Given the strategic importance of the site, Council’s Director of Planning and Economic Development Matthew Cripps and the planning officer provided by the Department Environment, Land, Water, and Planning ‘Flying Squad’ program were also in attendance to further support progress of the matter.

Ms Leighton was pleased to be able to meet with Mr Turner to gain clarification on past history and the current status, and confirm the next steps required to move forward with the site.

“I understand there has been some confusion amongst the community in regards to the current status of this site. I can confirm that there is no planning application currently lodged with Council in relation to the development of the Bonlac site”, said Ms Leighton.

“Council is continuing to work closely with the site’s key stakeholders to keep things moving forward and help facilitate a resolution.

“As the new CEO to Baw Baw Shire Council, it’s important for me to be able to form strong connections with the community and really bring collaborative leadership to this organisation.”

Ms Leighton acknowledged and thanked Council officers for the immense body of work already undertaken to work towards a positive outcome at this site.

“Often development matters involve many complexities and I applaud the great work being done behind the scenes to reach a resolution”, said Ms Leighton.

Following on from this meeting, Shire officers will again meet with Mr Turner and local representatives from Department Environment, Land, Water, and Planning and the office of Victorian Government Architect to further progress the matter.

Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Alison Leighton and Director Planning and Economic Development Matthew Cripps standing before derelict buildings at Bonlac site

Image: Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Alison Leighton and Director Planning and Economic Development Matthew Cripps at the Bonlac site.