JAYCO Herald-Sun Tour second stage competitors and support teams passing through Stanley on Friday had a glimpse of the village and farming community’s continuing campaign against bottled water.
Signs protesting groundwater extraction on the plateau by a company associated with one of Victoria’s leading water wholesalers were put up in the vicinity of Stanley Pastoral’s contentious Cue Springs bore and water storage facility overnight on Thursday and early on Friday morning.
But some were cut down and on Friday an Indigo Shire Council officer turned up and removed those standing in the road reserve south of Stanley.
The Advertiser understands this led to an argument and a sign was retrieved from a council utility, prompting calls from council development and planning director Mark Florence to Stanley Rural Community chairman Ed Tyrie, whose community advocacy organisation had no part in the protest.
Mr Tyrie said he had subsequently had a talk with Mayor Jenny O’Connor about the council officer’s concerns.
He said there had apparently also been mention in the council of possible police action as a result of the confiscated sign being retrieved from the council vehicle.
SRCI has lodged an appeal against a Victorian Supreme Court decision to allow Stanley Pastoral’s licenced groundwater extraction to proceed.
It is expected to be heard later this year.
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