Council Provides Approval for +553 Households to Travel Here for Property Maintenance
Friday, 30 October, 2020 - 08:45
Having now received more than 2000 requests from metropolitan Melbourne residents to travel to the Mansfield Shire to undertake property maintenance, as at 28 October, Council has issued 553 approvals and the number is growing by the hour.
Mansfield Shire CEO, Kaylene Conrick said Council has diverted several staff from their regular roles to sort prioritise and process the applications based on the intended travel date.
“Those that are wanting to come here up till 8 November for fire and flood preparation works will need the letter of support and we are processing the applications in the order of their planned travel departure date. Those with later travel dates will hear from us a little later – but before their planned departure time,” Ms Conrick said.
“So far we have processed all those wanting to travel in that time frame and provided letters of support to 532,” she said.
“It’s been a big task and inquiries continue to roll in.”
Ms Conrick said, in line with the Victorian government’s guidance, some applications have not been supported where;
Multiple households had proposed travelling to same location, eg mixed family from multiple households,
Applicants were not the owner or could not substantiate a link to the registered owner or
The period was for multiple days but the property has no house and no valid caravan and camping Local Law permit for overnight accommodation.
Applications are assessed on three main criteria. The applicant will identify the work they need to perform, justify the time frame required to undertake the work and confirm they are the owner and anyone else travelling with them is from the same household.
Those planning to stay overnight must also have a residence on the property or a caravan or camping permit. Current restrictions do not allow for metropolitan Melbourne residents to book accommodation in regional Victoria.
The Victorian government’s rules allow residents from metro Melbourne a maximum of 72 hours from the time they leave their primary residence, to the time they return. If they are unable to stay on the property, they will need to return the same day to their primary place of residence.
With 48% of Mansfield Shire Council property owners being non-residents, Council expects requests to continue to come in.
“We understand our non-resident ratepayers are keen to come here and we will continue to work through the applications as quickly as possible,” Ms Conrick said.
Ms Conrick said once approved, applicants would receive a letter granting exemption to travel and outlining the requirements.
Owners are encouraged to use local contractors for the required maintenance work, rather than travel themselves. After 8th November this requirement will be removed
The form to request a letter providing exemption to travel to the Shire can be accessed on our website here.