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Monday, 17 December 2012


Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has called on the Minister for Bushfire Response in Parliament to intervene on behalf of Ms Cherylynn Quinn and her 14 year old son from Elphinstone who are being forced into homelessness as a result of failure to meet new Bushfire Management Overlay requirements on their property.

Ms Edwards said the matter was now urgent as Ms Quinn and her son were currently living out of Ms Quinn’s car.

“Ms Quinn is a single mother of four children with her 14 year old son living with her. For the past ten years Ms Quinn has worked tirelessly and at great financial and personal cost to convert a shed on her property into a home for her family.”

The alterations Ms Quinn has made to the property have now meant that a Bushfire Management Overlay Assessment is required from the CFA before a permit to occupy can be given by the Mount Alexander Shire.

Ms Quinn has been advised that her property is two metres too close to the State Forest and therefore, does not meet the new regulations for a BMO and therefore, a permit.

Ms Quinn has occupied the property for ten years and now finds she cannot live there, and that it will cost well over $5000 to bring the property in line with the BMO.

Ms Quinn’s neighbours have lived in their home for over ten years and do not have to meet the same requirements even though they are also very close to the State Forest.

“Cherylynn first wrote to me about her concerns of becoming homeless in August this year”.

“Follow up letters to the Minister for Bushfire Response indicated that there would be every endeavour made by DPCD to ensure that Cherylynn and her son would be assisted. This has not happened”.

“Over the last ten years Cherylynn has converted a shed on the property into a home for her children, being unable to afford to build a house”.

“I urge the Minister for Bushfire Response to cause this matter to be investigated on behalf of Cherylynn and her son as a matter of urgency”.

“It is unconscionable that people are being forced into homelessness as a result of the Government’s failure to intervene”.

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