Swan Hill councillors have sensationally approved the sale of public land at Bromley Road in Robinvale for commercial development, going against public opinion.
The decision was met with scoffs from the public gallery.
Robinvale Ward councillor Jade Benham said "it was time to put Robinvale on the map for a positive thing, we may not get this offer again".
Submissions supporting the sale of the Bromley Road land for commercial use stated it would open the town up to a national takeaway food franchise, would create jobs and could encourage more development in the town.
Member for Mildura Ali Cupper, who was at the meeting, said the decision was an "absolute money grab" by the council and said her advice to concerned community members was to take the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
"It's a crying shame that we're here tonight seeing council flog off prime public land for a cheap buck," she said.
"(My advice) is to absolutely lodge and application at VCAT. This is a council that has it's priorities wrong."
All councillors except for one voted to sell the residential-zoned land at 71-77 Bromley Road which has been earmarked for development, such as a national takeaway food chain.
Councillor Les McPhee said "it is the best possible outcome for Robinvale".
The land will now go to public tender.
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