A lot has been said since the State Government announced on November 19 that the Cobbora mine would not go ahead and that the land will now be sold for agricultural purposes.
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Unfortunately, a lot has also not been said.
News sources are talking about the land as though it is vacant land, ready for new owners to move in. No mention has been made of the approximately 55 dwellings that were demolished, and the lack of building approvals for those properties. No mention has been made either of the approximately 40 tenants who are living on some of those properties.
Many of the tenants were given verbal assurances by representatives of CHC that they were "set for life" on those properties and unfortunately, some people believed that.
The tenants who are there have made improvements and maintained the properties at their own expense.
They contribute greatly to the community also as they send their children to local schools, shop locally, serve on RFS and SES crews, serve on various committees, help out at working bees and so on. The loss of these tenants will mean that the community is essentially gutted all over again.
We are calling on the state government to offer low interest loans or rent-to-buy schemes for the tenants who would qualify for such things, if not on the properties they currently reside on then at least on the properties deemed to be of lesser value.
Selling all of the properties at auction will run the extremely high risk of buyers being absentee graziers and city dwellers looking for weekend hunting, drinking and dirt biking get aways.
Neither will provide any form of support or contribution to the community. Fire risk would also greatly rise as there would not only be an increase in undergrowth, but also less people to spot a fire early and less people to fight it.
This means any fire in the area has the potential to impact upon occupied dwellings and other infrastructure before anyone realises the danger.
The tenants and the wider community are being totally overlooked - again.
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