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Objections to Special Charge Scheme

cp100Preserve the Cape group says "This scheme is still an unwanted and unfair policy foisted on individual property owners. It will force them to pay the bulk of the costs for the benefit of motorists driving to the shops. It was conceived by the Council's road engineers without reference to evidence about problems, or the needs and desires of the community ..."

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For most of us, Special Charge Scheme 27 still presents a threat to our Cape Paterson community. Preserve the Cape Group has lodged objections to the Scheme (download here). They are summarized as follows:


The scheme is still expensive at an average charge of $14,000 per individual property. The annual cost to the council of maintaining the unsealed roads should be about $12.50 per property. The cost for an average 15-metre wide block should be no more than $7800. The original cost estimate for a road upgrade per average block back in 1996 was $3500 (or $5425 in today's money allowing for inflation.)

Social impact

According to reports reaching the group from medical professionals, the expectation of hardship, with the scheme hanging over people, is already causing severe stress and stress-related illness. Under strict conditions of eligibility, home owners who cannot meet the quarterly payments for the scheme can enter a hardship scheme. If the owner is charged $27,000, with compound interest at 10.5 per cent, the eventual debt after 10 years would be $66,316. This bears no relation to the council's cost of borrowing.


The scheme is damaging to the local environment and imposes a suburban character on what is essentially a rural coastal village. It will do nothing to improve the value of Cape property. Unsealed roads are jealously guarded by those lucky enough to live on them, and they consequently increase property values. The Scheme is making life very difficult for people who want to sell homes affected in Cape Paterson.

Poor consultation process and planning

There has been no attempt to poll property owners to determine the level of support for the scheme. Nillumbik Shire normally seeks a minimum of 60 per cent support before proceeding further with the process of consultation and decision. In a survey of more than half the Cape property owners in the scheme 95% have said they do not want it at all. If Council decides to pursue the scheme, Preserve the Cape Group will lodge a complaint with the Victorian Ombudsman.

Download How to object to Special Charge Scheme 27 at Cape Paterson as revised by Bass Coast Shire Council


Nicholas Low (Professor of urban and environmental planning, the University of Melbourne, for Preserve the Cape Group:


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