The right of objectors to appeal to VCAT for review of Council decisions to grant planning permits (pursuant to s.82 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987) is an important and well-established part of the Victorian planning regime.
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Following on from the above article, with reference to Axicom Pty Ltd v Melton CC (Red Dot)  VCAT 190, it is noteworthy that Axicom was a competitor of the permit applicant. In dismissing their objectors appeal the Tribunal also stated:
A no-show by an objector’s representative at a VCAT hearing has highlighted the importance of maintaining professional standards in dealings with the Tribunal.