Minutes for the Berry Forum Committee Meeting
Meeting on 20 November 2023 8.30am at the Uniting Church

Present: Ian Hendry (Chair), Stuart Coughlan (Secretary), Laurie Watson (Treasurer),
Peter Saul, Robyn Baxendale, Judith Ball, David Brawn, Gail Paton and Mary Beare
Apologies: Cassandra Harris, John Jeston and Emanuele Rattazzi,

Minutes of Meetings held on 30 October. Approved
Actions arising from Minutes – None

Council Land Use Planning – DCP and HCA proposals

  • Council meeting on 30 October approved our amended wording on the recommendation to prioritize the Berry DCP and

Berry Hotel RA23/1002 major redevelopment

  • Submissions – Action: Stuart to contact Berry Medical Centre regarding a submission.
  • Council has appointed ‘The Planning Hub’ to prepare an independent assessment. Action: Stuart to ask Council about the assessment process.
  • There are a record 323 objections and 42 submissions in support, of which only 10 are from Berry residents.
  • Council staff are discussing a public meeting with JRPP. Pending
  • Request for an “early meeting with the relevant planner”, as recommended by Carey McIntyre, was refused.

LEP Clause 4.2B – Subdivision of certain land in Zone RU1, Zone RU2, Zone RU4, 

  • Council review – Despite clause 4.1, land identified as prime crop and pasture land in a zone to which this clause applies may only be subdivided if the consent authority is satisfied that each lot created by the subdivision will contain at least 10 hectares of prime crop and pasture land.
  • DA23/3029 for 55 Wire Lane – to subdivide their property into 4 parcels.
  • Action: Stuart to request more information

Council Rates
Extraordinary Meeting on Monday at 5.30pm to consider recommendations.

Other Business
Berry Strategic Plan – Action:  David to draft his ideas about what needs to be done.
The Chamber has initiated its own Strategic Plan process.

CCB Meeting: Peter and Stuart are attending. Main agenda is development and planning process.

Next Committee meeting – 4 December
Next Forum meeting – 7 December