Group to fold?

CLOSE CALL: Wandilgong’s Robyn Wood wants the rest of the dangerous trees in the Diggings removed before they kill someone or cause major damage to properties.

SEEMINGLY unreasonable requests, and the serving of infringement notices from Alpine Shire Council, has led some members of the Wandiligong Preservation Society (WPS) to question whether the committee will continue.

For the past 40 years, volunteers have been improving and preserving Wandiligong’s landscape and have created a space known as the Diggings, which is listed as a National Trust protected landscape.

Coral Bennet formed the WPS in the early 1970s and since that time the group has managed to raise over $300,000 to manage the Diggings reserve and was formally appointed as the Committee of Management for the Diggings by the Department of Primary Industries in 1998.

The WPS carried out vegetation works in the Diggings in February 2014, and were issued with a planning infringement notice from Alpine Shire Council following a meeting with council’s environmental staff on March 6.

Former committee member Peter Bick told the Alpine Observer he had recently resigned from the WPS committee because of Alpine Shire Council’s “bullying behavior”.

“We were told at the March 6 meeting that if the WPS did not file a planning permit for vegetation works in the Diggings we would be issued with an infringement notice (PIN),” he said.

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