Tasmanian Planning Commission sets date for Cambria Green mega-development showdown

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A map showing the 3185ha Cambria Green site near Dolphin Sands. Picture: SUPPLIED

LANDOWNER consent for the Cambria Green mega-development is set to be resolved at a hearing later this month.

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has written to the parties and representers involved in the development to advise them a hearing to consider the jurisdictional issue of landowner consent would be held on August 23.

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The commission has given Cambria Green until next Monday to file any further material, with representers and Glamorgan Spring Bay Council — the planning authority — given until the following Monday to do the same.

Cambria Green resort project at Dolphin Sands: Views of Freycinet Peninsula from part of development site. Picture: SUPPLIED

The letter sent by Tasmanian Planning Commission chair Ann Cunningham said Cambria Green lawyer Shaun McElwaine had proposed to call evidence at the hearing that could be subject to cross-examination.

“The representers who have raised the jurisdictional issues identified will be expected to undertake the cross-examination of the applicant’s witnesses and produce any relevant evidence in response,” the letter said.

“It is suggested that they may wish to seek legal advice and/or representation at the hearing.”

The commission asked Mr McElwaine in May why Liu Keijing’s signature had been used on owner consent letters representing seven different companies.

Cambria Green Agriculture and Tourism chief executive Ronald Hu’s letter stating Mr Liu had authority to do so was knocked back by the commission last month.


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The heritage-listed Cambria Homestead. Picture: SUPPLIED

The commission is considering whether to permit changes to the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council planning scheme to allow the $138 million Dolphin Sands development to proceed.

The council voted in November to change its rules so it could go ahead.

Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor said the party looked forward to putting its case at the hearing.

“This is a deeply unpopular proposal,” she said. “It has prompted a strong response to the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

“It’s a shame the obnoxious, inappropriate Cambria Green proposal has got as far through the planning system as it has.”

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