This headline could probably go permanently on a newspaper's front page and there would always be some content to add.
In spite of high interest rates and a dubious economic outlook, imagine the pride you might feel when you moved into your brand new house. While I don't approve of these poorly serviced huge outer suburban developments, I know why people buy and build in these locations and they certainly aren't to blame.
So, you are in your new house but then find that methane is coming up from the ground and you are forced to move out or risk going up like the Hindeburg.
How would you feel? Pretty annoyed I should think and start wondering how this has happened.
It would seem the developer, rapacious as they always are, wanted to build on the edge of what is referred to politely as a land fill site. I will just call it for what it is, a rubbish tip, or dump.
The local council objected as it thought it was an inappropriate location. The developer went to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal and guess what? It was approved.
This is going to cost someone, no doubt us taxpayers an absolute bomb. It has already cost the local council $5 million, unfairly loaded onto the other rate payers.
But I have the solution to the cost. The developer pays half and members of VCAT, who approved the development against the wishes of the local council, pay the other half. This is the only way I can see to teach VCAT members to act in the interests of the community and not in the interest of their developer mates, big business, shareholders profits and other vested interests.
I always try to see both sides of arguments, weight up the evidence, and try to think well of people, but on this matter I will emotionally state the bleeding obvious, VCAT is a disgrace.
I'll even give it its own tag for future posts.