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Highlights of VCAT Vol 9 No 5 include removing a tree to gain a development advantage; seeking permission for a dwelling prior to an agricultural use; a convenience restaurant refused in a rural town because it is inconsistent with the town plan; whether a convenience restaurant is part of a Freeway Service Centre; whether approval of a Preliminary Aboriginal Heritage Test obviates the need for a CHMP; approval of light poles for a school sports facility despite Council concerns about height; and a protracted and bitterly contested hearing in Bayside.