A peak body representing Victorian local governments and community groups has also applauded Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader, Mark Vaille for standing up for local communities. This followed Mr Vaille’s announcement that local communities should have the right to determine whether nuclear reactors may be built in their neighbourhoods.
“It’s not often we hear such senior Federal politicians willing to consider the views of local communities and local governments, not just commercial investors. When we do, it’s important to pay credit where credit is due, the VLGA’s President Cr Beth Davidson said. “This is a refreshing sign that the Federal Nationals embrace the autonomy of local communities.”
“We are also delighted that Mr Vaille has signalled that local votes could in fact be binding. Where local communities do not want nuclear reactors in their neighbourhoods, this must be respected. The VLGA will be inviting the Deputy Prime Minister to meet with Victorian Mayors and Councillors at a meeting to outline his position in the coming weeks.
He will no doubt be greeted with widespread support for his decision which we hope will also be supported by the entire Federal Government and Federal Opposition in the coming days, “ Cr Davidson said.
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