Halls Gap Zoo: VCAT allows new species

THE Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has reached a decision about Halls Gap Zoo’s application to introduce four new species.

The zoo’s owners Greg and Yvonne Culell took Northern Grampians Shire Council to the tribunal after it refused to amend the zoo’s planning permit.

The Culells applied to introduce four new species of primate and build associated enclosures in August last year.

Councillors were divided on the issue, but ultimately refused the application on the grounds of noise and impact on amenity.

Northern Grampians Mayor Kevin Erwin said the tribunal had decided one of the four species – the golden lion tamarin – would be allowed.

He said the tribunal notified council on Tuesday.

“I only got the report a couple of hours ago and haven’t had time to go through it yet,” he said.

Halls Gap Zoo declined to comment on the outcome. 

The hearing started on January 30 and was postponed after the tribunal asked for more information.

It finished on February 19.

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