The Victorian government is preparing for compulsory acquisition of farmland

The state government is preparing to forcibly acquire farmland from the Twelve Apostles to make way for a $108 million tourism development that will include a new visitor center, parking lot and hiking trails.

The owner of the Princetown property uses the site as a base for a helicopter tour business and grazes sheep, but was recently notified by the state government of its plans to acquire the site.

Tourists at the Twelve Apostles.

Tourists at the Twelve Apostles. Recognition:Joe Armao

The government refused to disclose how much it intends to spend to purchase the 32-hectare property.

The Nesseler family has owned the land since the 1990’s and owner Richard Nesseler had plans for private tourism development on the land.

Nesseler did not want to comment on the foreclosure sale.

The government’s tourism redevelopment plans include a new ‘Twelve Apostles Visitor Experience Centre’, but the project will also include a temporary event space, landscaping and gardens, a visitor shuttle and new access roads.

The Twelve Apostles is one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions.

The Twelve Apostles is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions.Recognition:WynHughes

Liberal MP Richard Riordan, whose constituents are occupying the country, targeted forced acquisition in a speech to the Victorian Parliament, arguing that the west of the state was desperate for investment.

“We are neglected in our health care. Our roads are widely recognized as the worst roads in the state of Victoria,” he said.

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Joel McCord

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