Citizens of historic coastal town Dubrovnik voted yesterday in the country's first ever citizen-led referendum on developing Srđ - the hill rising just above the old town. The referendum came to be due to an intense campaign mainly led by local activists, volunteers and environmentalists.
The projected look of the Srđ plateau
They collected 9085 signatures to force the referendum which asks whether the voter accepts the urban design plans for the 310-hectare development which includes 240 villas, two hotels and 400 apartments and an 18-hole golf course.
According to the law, in order for the referendum to pass, the 50% + 1 vote was needed. However, according to the still unofficial results, out of the total of 38,007 registered voters, 11977 has cast their vote (31.5 %).
77 votes were void and nullified, and out of the remaining 11,897 majority voted against the development, more precisely: 10,051 (84.48&) voted against while 1.846 voted for the project.
The 48 hour interim is lawfully granted so that any irregularites may be remedied before the official results are made public.
A local referendum (Dubrovnik) is underway. According to the activists, its purpose is to try and save the cultural and natural heritage of the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik which is, they explain, under threat from plans to build a huge golf resort on the Srdj plateau above the city. (source: Friends of the Earth Europe)
The investor, however, maintains that the project is not only not dangerous in terms of its impact on the environment and the cultural heritage of the city, but that it, in fact, will bring more prosperity to its inhabitants as well as to the whole area. (source: Golf Park Dubrovnik)