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The Good "People Of The Town Of No" Set The Record Straight (6/10/14 - P)   Residents know it should be the Town of KNOW, not NO, you know...   LPS file  C89  Council Performances 

Macedon Ranges' Last Defence Against Over-development Removed As Council Adopts Its Damaging Localised Planning Statement (1/10/14 - P)   Outcome predictable, but Cr. Letchford 's derision of opposite community views went way past unacceptable   LPS   Council Performances

MRRA Calls For Community To Reject Council's Localised Planning Statement: It's Not Statement of Planning Policy No. 8, And It's Not The Protection The State government Promised Us   (13/7/14 - P)  Get to Council's "information session" on Monday July 14, 6.30 pm, Gisborne Council Chambers and inform Council you don't support this Localised Planning Statement... LPS file    Council Performances

 

The Need for State Level Planning Protection

How Do We Stop Overdevelopment?

Growth Rates: Too Much Growth in State Significant Area

Interim Protection: State Govt. "Can Do", Except In Macedon Ranges

 

Coastal Areas

Daylesford (Neighbourhood Character)

Minister's Press Releases - various

Mornington gets 'sort of' interim height protection from Minister for Planning

Yarra River

Ministerial Interventions (2005)

 

MRRA's Campaign To Restore State Level Planning Protection

Keep Macedon Ranges Rural Petition

Planning For a Sustainable Future Project

 

 

Bracks Govt's Refusal to Protect Macedon Ranges (2006)

MRRA Meeting With Planning Minister (2005)

MRRA call for help to Victorian Councils (2005)

Minister for Planning's Letters to the Editor (2005)

Bracks Govt says Macedon Ranges already protected (2006)

Bracks Broken Promises

MRRA request for meeting with State Govt. & Govt. Response (2006)

MRRA response to Bracks Govt's "no protection" advice

Nothing will save Macedon Ranges from becoming a suburb now

A Vote For LABOR Is A Vote For SUBURBIA

 Labor Says NO Again In Response To Liberal Protection Proposal:

Pre-election Labor Policy "Planning In Partnership With Local Communities": Mentions "Macedon"

Other Parties' and Candidates' Responses to State Protection (State Election 2006)

Politicians/Political Parties

Greens Party

Dianne Hadden, Independent MLC Ballarat East 2006

Liberal Party

National Party

State's Hidden Suburban Agenda for Macedon Ranges

 

Macedon Ranges' Issues

Name Good Development In Macedon Ranges

"Significance" Signs on Shire Boundaries

 

State Issues

State Government's Growth Agenda

Committee For Melbourne

Melbourne 2030

Parliamentary Inquiry:  Building New Communities

State Policies / Statements

Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

VCAT

VLGA: Fix Planning In Victoria

 

Federal Issues

Peri Urban

Change & Continuity in Peri Urban Australia

 

 

 

Features

 State Planning Protection In Macedon Ranges:  What Is It, and Why Is It Needed? (14/11/06 - SP) MRRA's 2006 presentation to politicians  Go to...

"From the Vision Splendid to The Vision Sullied" (25/6/05 - SP) A suburban, industrialized future for Macedon Ranges, home of Australian icons, Mount Macedon and Hanging Rock  Go to...

The Urban Conversion: 'Victoria In Future' Growth Projections and The Hidden Agenda For A Suburban Macedon Ranges (30/4/05 - SP) If you've been wondering why the State government hasn't delivered its seven year old promise to protect Macedon Ranges Shire, wonder no more.  Go to...

 

 

Need for Protection:

How Do We Stop Overdevelopment?

Courtesy Of The Bracks Government, Macedon Ranges Is Becoming So Suburban Even Real Estate Agents Are Complaining!  (14/11/06 - P)  With no change of mind in sight from the Bracks government to stop suburbia - we'll either have to get used to it... or get rid of the government that's causing it

Gisborne Already A Suburb Of Melbourne (21/10/06 - SP)  And thanks to the Bracks government's failure to protect Macedon Ranges as it promised, one of the "fastest-growing' suburbs at that.

It's Official:  VCAT Says Romsey  Gets Metro Area's Development Spillover - Make That Macedon Ranges Too (31/7/06 - P)  Most of us have known for some time that metropolitan development is leapfrogging over Green Wedges into Macedon Ranges, and now, at last, it's in writing - and because the State government refuses to stop it, it looks set to continue, if this decision is anything to go by.

Close To 2,000 Existing Rural Lots Left Off New Macedon Ranges' Planning Scheme Maps (18/3/06 - SP)  The list of mistakes keeps growing as Department of Sustainability and Environment shafts Macedon Ranges again

Macedon Ranges Doomed?  C48 Isn't Enough - We Need State Level Protection (10/3/06 - P)  What's the point of having Local Policy?  C48 was only 4 days old when VCAT bowled it over

Macedon Ranges' Planning Scheme Goes "Clunk" As Council Drops All The Balls On C48 (10/3/06 - P)  Applications for houses in rural conservation zone don't comply, but what the hell, give 'em a permit anyway

Independent MP Criticizes Minister For Planning Over C48 (1/3/06 - P)  Dianne Hadden calls for Minister Hulls' resignation over errors in amendment

The Ink's Not Dry On C48 And Already Amendment C55 Is Trying to Wind It Back (27/2/06 - P)  Council goes for Ministerial amendment to rip out 'superfluous' referral and permit requirements 

Fame And Shame As Amendment C48 Gives - And Takes Away!  (27/2/06 - P)  New rural zones, strategies and policies are in, but lack of departmental quality control is obvious in this error-ridden document 

Large Use and Development Proposals Fall Before C48 And New Rural Zones (27/2/06 - P)  Macedon Lodge and Live Game Ranch are among the first to go 

State Government Finally Acknowledges Macedon Ranges Is NOT Protected by State Planning Policy Framework? (18/5/05 - SP) Minister For Planning's Response To Question In Parliament Conflicts With Advice From Former Minister

 

Growth Rates - Too Much Growth in State Significant Area

2008 Victoria In Future Projections Out - But Only For Metro Area At This Stage (10/12/08 - SG)   Scary population increases projected for some Melbourne areas but we have to wait longer for Macedon Ranges info 

Macedon Ranges Has Highest Quality Of Life In Regional Areas, Says BankWest  (31/8/08 - P)  Ah, but there's more to it than meets the eye...   

Latest DPCD Growth Figures Say Macedon Ranges' Growth Has Slowed Yet Again In 2007 (10/8/08 - P)   Pulls the 'justified' rug even further from under the Braemar Estate 1,000 lots

2006 First Release ABS Census Data For Macedon Ranges (7/8/07 - SP)  MRRA Overview

Latest Census Data A Shock For Macedon Ranges (12/7/07 - SP)  ABS First Release census figures say DSE got it all wrong: Macedon Ranges has had 1% p.a. growth, not the 2% plus DSE said we had.  The shocks don't stop there - on preliminary figures, from 2001 to 2006 Gisborne and Woodend not only had no new units - they lost 4!

Latest DSE Population Bulletin Suggests Rate of Growth Is Dropping In Macedon Ranges, But Still They Come... (13/6/07 - SP)  Only another 786 estimated people in 2005/2006 (+1.9%), a drop from the 918 estimated extra people DSE said we had in 2004/2005 (+2.3%)

Courtesy Of The Bracks Government, Macedon Ranges Is Becoming So Suburban Even Real Estate Agents Are Complaining! (14/11/06 - P)  With no change of mind in sight from the Bracks government to stop suburbia - we'll either have to get used to it... or get rid of the government that's causing it  

Gisborne Already A Suburb Of Melbourne (21/10/06 - SP)  And thanks to the Bracks government's failure to protect Macedon Ranges as it promised, one of the "fastest-growing' suburbs at that. 

It's Official:  VCAT Says Romsey  Gets Metro Area's Development Spillover - Make That Macedon Ranges Too (31/7/06 - SP)  Most of us have known for some time that metropolitan development is leapfrogging over Green Wedges into Macedon Ranges, and now, at last, it's in writing - and because the State government refuses to stop it, it looks set to continue, if this decision is anything to go by.  

New Govt. Survey On 'Empty Nester' Housing Preferences: Most Don't Want A Sea/Tree Change!  (27/7/06 - P)  The Department of Sustainability and Environment's (DSE) Urban and Regional Research Unit has just released results of a survey of 'empty nesters' and it seems, even if the kids have 'flown', they aren't yearning for those jammed-in, double-storey units and retirement villages developers keep proposing, and Council and VCAT keep approving, in Macedon Ranges. 

Latest Council Growth Projections Show What Will Happen If We 'Do Nothing' (15/5/06 - SP)   What are our options for taking this much growth?

Macedon Ranges' Growth Rate Soars - Confirms Development Is Out Of Control (9/5/05 - SP)  And the State government won't do anything to stop it.

 

Interim Protection - Govt. "Can Do", Except In Macedon Ranges

Mornington Gets 'Sort Of' Interim Height Protection From Minister For Planning (31/7/06 - P)  Sounds good on paper, but does it really save Mornington? 

Planning Minister Talks Tough About Protecting Coastal Areas, But When Is The Bracks Government Going To Deliver It's 7 Year Old Promise To Protect Macedon Ranges? (19/4/06 - SP)  All we can see right now is a hidden development agenda for one of the State's most environmentally sensitive areas

Minister For Planning Again 'Finds' Interim Protections - This Time For Elwood's Heritage (19/4/06 - SP)  Macedon Ranges has been waiting six years for hundreds of heritage overlays to be applied 

Hulls Plucks Interim Protection Controls "Out Of The Air" To Protect the Yarra River (29/1/06 - SP)  On the other hand, Macedon Ranges is told interim protection isn't possible, doesn't exist

Minister Gives Protection to Coastal Areas and Yarra River (27/6/05 - SP)  Called interim protection everywhere else, but same thing "usurps democratically elected council" in Macedon Ranges.

Daylesford Gets New Planning Protection (9/5/05 - SP)  "Daylesford's unique neighbourhood character will be protected"

 

 

MRRA Campaign To Restore State Level Protection

 

Keep Macedon Ranges Rural Petition

Keep Macedon Ranges Rural Petition:  Time For Collection Of Signatures Extended Until Early 2009 (19/11/08 - P)   The further we go, the more people want to sign it 

Minister for Planning And Mayor Noel Harvey:  Tag-Team To Shut Down SPP8?  (14/10/08 - P)   Labor colleagues sing the same song, while Mayor seems to put "party" line before environment and community 

Victorian Liberals/Nationals Say The Government Must Stop Plans To Urbanise The Macedon Ranges (6/10/08 - SP)  Macedon Ranges:  Beautiful one day, suburban the next.

'Can Do Better' Takes Up Fight To Keep Macedon Ranges Rural  (6/10/08 - O)  Says "air-brushing" of Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 NOT ON

 

Planning For a Sustainable Future Project

Macedon Ranges' "Planning For A Sustainable Future' Project Begins (24/4/05 - SP)  How sustainable will Macedon Ranges' future be?  This project puts Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 - the policy that has protected Macedon Ranges since 1975 - up for grabs.  How confident are you that SPP8 will survive the government/department's hidden growth agenda?

 

 

Bracks Govt's Refusal To Protect

 

MRRA Meeting With Planning Minister (2005)

MRRA Meeting with Minister for Planning Rob Hulls (3/5/05 - SP)  No Money, No Help: "Macedon Ranges, You're On Your Own"  See Report

Minister for Planning To Meet With MRRA (27/4/05 - SP)  Meeting now scheduled with Minister in Kyneton on Friday 29th April.

Have We Waited Long Enough For Mr. Hulls?  What You Said... (24/4/05 - SP)  Here is some of the feedback residents gave MRRA in response to our question: 'Have we waited long enough for Mr. Hulls?'

MRRA To Meet With Minister for Planning's Advisors (18/4/05 - SP)

Say NO To Suburbia Campaign:  The Battle for State Level Planning Protection - Stalled, or Just Starting? (5/4/05 - SP)  Waited long enough?

Say NO To Suburbia Campaign: (21/3/05 - SP)  The Sounds of Silence From The State Government

 

MRRA Call For Help From Victorian Councils (2005)

MRRA Calls On Victorian Councils To Help (12/5/05 - SP)  MRRA asks: Please add your voice to ours in calling for the State government to move immediately to stop suburban encroachment, and to protect Macedon Ranges as an area of significance to the state of Victoria.

 

Minister For Planning's Letters To The Editor (2005)

Minister For Planning Now Gives Gisborne Senior Citizen A Serve In Letter To Local Paper (10/8/05 - SP)  First a community group, now an elderly resident - and we thought three portfolios kept him busy!

MRRA Criticized For Being Wrong (18/7/05 - SP)  Instead, critic gets it wrong.

MRRA Responds to Minister For Planning's Criticism (14/6/05 - SP)  Minister's comments point to a lack of understanding and information about MRRA, Macedon Ranges and relevant issues.

Minister for Planning Slams MRRA (1/6/05 - SP)  Letter to local newspaper says community group is "inaccurate and misleading" on planning issues.

 

Bracks Govt says Macedon Ranges already protected (2006)

A Sad, Sad Day For Macedon Ranges:  Minister For Planning's Media Release Says His Government Protects The Beauty Of Mt. Macedon And Stops Suburbia Stretching Into The Foothills Of Mt. Macedon - That's Just Not True (3/9/06 - SP)  Tells Dianne Hadden Macedon Ranges is already protected too.  How can a Minister get it so wrong?   Dianne Hadden calls for protection...

 

BracksBrokenPromises Website

"Bracks Broken Promises" Website Worth A Visit (30/5/06 - SG)  The Bracks government has a whopper of a broken promise right here in Macedon Ranges where 'we will protect' seems to mean nothing

 

MRRA request for meeting with State Govt. (2006)

MRRA Asks For Meeting With Premier Bracks and Ministers Hulls And Thwaites (30/9/06 - SP)  Please tell the Macedon Ranges' community exactly where the government stands on giving us back State level planning protection, says MRRA

 

Bracks Government's Response (2006)

Planning Minister Puts Out Labor Planning Policy "Planning In Partnership With Local Communities" (23/11/06 - P)  Mentions "Macedon"

BRACKS GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WON'T PROTECT MACEDON RANGES (14/10/06 - SP)   Nothing will save Macedon Ranges from becoming a suburb now

 

MRRA response to Bracks Govt's "no protection" advice (2006)

NO Labor Says NO Again In Response To Liberal Protection Proposal: (18/11/06 - SP)  Lies, Damned Lies and More Lies?

NO Joanne Duncan's Final Response Means Only One Thing:   A Vote For LABOR Is A Vote For SUBURBIA (14/11/06 - SP)  The opportunity was there to say 'yes', but Joanne Duncan confirms Bracks government still says 'no' to protecting Macedon Ranges

MRRA Responds To Bracks Government's Advice That It Won't Be Protecting Macedon Ranges (31/10/06 - SP)  MRRA media release says it all: think about what this government is doing - AND NOT DOING - for Macedon Ranges before you vote.

 

Other Candidates' Responses to Protection (State Election 2006)

Spectacular Response To MRRA's Request For Comments On Protecting Macedon Ranges

YES  Country Alliance  (18/11/06 - SP) Moratorium On All Changes Until Studies Finished

YES  Andrew Robinson, Democratic Labor Party (18/11/06 - SP) Supports State Level Protection And Protection Of Water Catchments

YES  Greens Back State Level Planning Protection in Macedon Ranges  (14/11/06 - SP) "Sustainability In Macedon Ranges Means No Over-Development.  The Greens Support That"

YES  Stefano de Pieri,  Independent (18/11/06 - SP) Committed To Strategic Approach  To Manage Pressures On Regional Communities From The Expanding Urban Fringe - Sympathies Are With Us

YES  Dave Barry, Independent (14/11/06-SP) Fully Supports State Planning Protection & Interim Protection

YES  Dianne Hadden, Independent Confirms Support for State Level Planning Protection (14/11/06 - SP)  Dianne has already said she supports it, and has already called for the Bracks government to act, including re-instating Statement of Planning Policy No. 8.  She hasn't changed her mind...

YES  Steve 'Jack' Medcraft, Independent  (14/11/06 - SP) Supports Protective Policy for Macedon Ranges

YES  Laurie Whelan, Independent (18/11/06 - SP)  Supports Sustainable Planning And Development To Protect Rural Landscapes And Amenity

YES  Liberal Government Will Protect Macedon Ranges & McHarg Ranges:  (18/11/06 - SP) Announcement By Ted Baillieu Yesterday in Macedon, Will Provide State Strategy, State Policy, State Legislation, No Wind Turbines In This Area.

YES  Rob Guthrie (People Power) Won't Rest Until Macedon Ranges Is Again Protected (18/11/06 - SP)  Major Influence Over Why He Is Standing

YES  People Power (18/11/06 - SP) Fully Supports State Protection

YES  Socialist Alliance Party (18/11/06 - SP) Supports Restoration Of Policies And State Planning Strategies And Controls To Protect Macedon Ranges From Over-development.

MRRA Asks Candidates:  Where Do You Stand On State Level Planning Protection for Macedon Ranges?

 

Politicians - Greens Party

MRRA Invited To Address Greens (14/6/05 - SP)  Association Puts Case For State Protection In Macedon Ranges

 

Politicians - Dianne Hadden, Independent MLC

YES  Dianne Hadden, Independent Confirms Support for State Level Planning Protection   (14/11/06 - SP) Dianne has already said she supports it, and has already called for the Bracks government to act, including re-instating Statement of Planning Policy No. 8.  She hasn't changed her mind...

Independent MP Dianne Hadden Says 'Give Macedon Ranges Protection' In Parliament (10/6/06 - SP)   Calls on Minister for Planning "to urgently restore the state significance policy protection status for Macedon Ranges before its local communities and magnificent rural land and ranges are lost forever."

MRRA Puts Case for State Protection To Dianne Hadden (30/5/06 - SP) Independent MP confirms she supports re-instating special planning controls to protect Macedon Ranges

Independent MP Criticizes Minister For Planning Over C48 (1/3/06 - P)  Dianne Hadden calls for Minister Hulls' resignation over errors in amendment

MLC For Macedon Ranges, Dianne Hadden, Quits Labor Party - 'Bracks Govt Hasn't Delivered For Rural Areas' (7/4/05 - SG)  In Macedon Ranges, we already know the Bracks government hasn't delivered - we've been waiting 7 years for promised State level planning protection.  Dianne Hadden is one MP who is prepared to stand up for Macedon Ranges.

 

Politicians - Liberal Party

YES   A Liberal Government Will Protect Macedon Ranges & McHarg Ranges:  (18/11/06 - SP)  Announcement By Ted Baillieu Yesterday in Macedon, Will Provide State Strategy, State Policy, State Legislation, No Wind Turbines In This Area.

MRRA Puts Case For State Protection To Shadow Minister for Planning and Environment, David Davis (3/9/06 - SP)  Shadow Minister requests more information before response

MRRA Meets Liberal Candidate For Macedon, Robyne Head (9/7/06 - SP)  "Protection mechanism a priority"

MRRA Meets With Shadow Planning Minister, Ted Baillieu (27/6/05 - SP)  Association is not expecting Shadow Minister to write Letter To Editor criticizing MRRA as Minister Hulls did.

Meeting With Fran Bailey (31/5/05 - SP) MRRA asks: is it in the national interest to preserve Macedon Ranges?

State Government Finally Acknowledges Macedon Ranges Is NOT Protected by State Planning Policy Framework? (18/5/05 - SP) Minister For Planning's Response To Question In Parliament Conflicts With Advice From Former Minister

MRRA Asks For Meeting With Ted Baillieu (18/5/05 - SP) Shadow Planning Minister Calls On Bracks Government To Provide Protection For Macedon Ranges.

MRRA To Meet With Federal Member for McEwen, Fran Bailey (18/5/05 - SP) Meeting next week.

 

Politicians - National Party (VicNats)

Nationals Ask "Could You Find A Better Use For Bracks Gvt's Advertising Budget?"  (10/3/06 - SP)  MRRA says, we definitely know what we would spend some of it on!  How about you?

State Planning Protection Issues:  Discussions With Victorian National Party (18/5/05 - SP)  Requests Information About Macedon Ranges

 

Hidden Suburban Agenda - Proposed Expanded Metropolis

Further Confirmation Of State Government's Hidden 'Suburbia' Agenda:  (6/4/05 - SP)  NCCMA Map

 

Hidden Suburban Agenda - Tourism

Tourism Victoria Reclassifies Macedon Ranges from "Goldfields" to "Melbourne Surrounds" (27/6/05 - SP) Is it yet another example of Macedon Ranges being absorbed into Metro Melbourne?

 

Hidden Suburban Agenda - Fast Rail

Is Another Piece Of The Urban Agenda For Macedon Ranges Hidden In The 'Fast Rail' Project? (9/5/05 - SP)  We all know there's deep unhappiness about the so-called Fast Rail project (also known locally as the 'Farce Train'), but is it more than we've been told?

 

Hidden Suburban Agenda - Western Water "Melbourne Connections"

Water Restrictions Bite - To Various Degrees - In Macedon Ranges (12/9/06 - E)  But what's the future for Woodend and Romsey?

Western Water Announces New Water and Sewerage Charges (19/8/06 - SP)   The charges that caught MRRA's eye are the New Customer Contributions

Where Is Western Water's Newly Declared Macedon Sewerage District Taking Us? (16/7/06 - SP)  Side-steps Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 to set a very different agenda for future development

Western Water Thumbs Its Nose At Woodend And Lancefield: No Meeting On Water Supply Options (3/7/06 - SP)  Consultation limited to meeting in Romsey.

Macedon Ranges Connected to Melbourne's Water Supply (19/4/06 - P)  Are the gates now open for unlimited development?

Do We Need Melbourne Water? (21/3/05 - SG) With Rosslynne Reservoir at its highest level in several years, is spending millions to connect to Melbourne Water still justified?

 

Macedon Ranges' Issues

 

Name Good Development

Challenge To Macedon Ranges' Residents (18/7/05 - SPName 'good' development in Macedon Ranges Shire in the past 5 - 10 years

 

Signs on Shire Boundaries

Four Councillors Vote Against Signs Saying "Macedon Ranges Is A Rural Shire With High Environmental Values" (27/6/05 - SP)  Councillors Henry Bleeck, Donna Petrovich, Alan Todd and Marty Evans say NO.

MRRA Asks Council For Signs on Shire Boundary (31/5/05 - SP)  Macedon Ranges is a RURAL shire...

Mornington Peninsula 'Withdraws' From Metro Area (23/3/05 - SP)

 

State Issues

 

State Government's Growth Agenda

State Government's New  Growth Agenda For Melbourne Unleashed (11/3/08 - P)  Can-Do Premier cracks the whip by announcing land releases that should satisfy even the most greedy developers - for now.  But is it a well-considered response that gives Victoria a viable future, or just an economics-driven knee-jerk reaction?

 

Committee For Melbourne

Committee For Melbourne - Latest Is A Grab To Develop Publicly-Owned Railway Land  (7/10/11 - P)  Seems there's nothing too outrageous, too excessive, or too obvious for CFM

 

Melbourne 2030

Save Our Suburbs (Vic):  "VCAT Exposed" and "Implementation and Performance of Melbourne 2030" Features On SOS Website Melbourne  (14/11/06 - P)  The Malvern East Group (MEG) has scoured VCAT records to look at the relationship between different VCAT members and development approvals.  Verrry interesting...

VCAT Boss Says Suburban Melbourne 2030 Doesn't Apply In Macedon Ranges (27/2/06 - SP)  Melbourne's 2030 doesn't mean wall-to-wall suburbs between Melbourne and Bendigo!

Minister For Planning Announces Expansion Of Metro Urban Growth Boundaries Into Green Wedges (24/11/05 - SP) Hang on...  didn't the Minister tell us Green Wedges were protected, and ergo, so was Macedon Ranges?

How Bad Is Melbourne 2030? (31/8/05 - SP)  Find out: have your say and vote on issues on a new community website www.melbourne2030.org.au

More Calls For Support From Collingwood Action Group Over Hulls' Banco Approval (1/3/06 - SP) Public Rally This Saturday

Melbourne 2030 Strikes Again: Call For Support From Collingwood Residents (25/2/06 - SP) Objectors plan 4th March meeting to send message to State government that 2030 outcomes aren't what the people want

 

Parliamentary Inquiry - Building New Communities

MRRA Appearance Before Parliamentary Committee - OSISDC Report Now Out (24/9/06 - SP) Findings paint a chilling picture of detrimental social effects on communities from too much/too fast growth

MRRA's Parliamentary Inquiry Comments Spark Surprise Debate In State Parliament (8/10/05 - SP)  MRRA are 'bush planners' and 'wrong' says local MP Joanne Duncan

MRRA Presentation to Parliamentary Inquiry on 30th September Now Available (5/10/05 - P)  Impacts of urban change: Macedon Ranges is a community in crisis, "people feel absolutely powerless..."

MRRA Invited To Speak at Parliamentary Inquiry (28/9/05 - SP) The subject is "Building New Communities"  and Social Sustainability

 

State Policies / Statements

Planning Minister Puts Out Labor Planning Policy "Planning In Partnership With Local Communities" (23/11/06 - P)  Mentions "Macedon"

Phillip Island Development 'Favour' Claim Against Minister For Planning (16/7/06 - P)   Minister over-rides Bass Coast Council rezoning on land with Linfox proposal for 506 holiday suites, conference centre and golf course

Planning Minister Hulls Says "The days of hillbilly councillors acting outside a proper planning framework... are well and truly over in Victoria"  (10/8/05 SP) So why is it still happening in Macedon Ranges?

 

Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

Shadow Minister For Planning Says "Labor's UGB Lies Exposed" (10/12/08 - P)  Brumby Government opens the door on another 43,000 hectares of urban sprawl  

New Outer Ring Road Could Spell Disaster For Macedon Ranges - Deliver Suburbia To Our Door?  (28/11/08 - SP)   Has this been the plan all along?  Is this why someone wants to get rid of Statement of Planning Policy No. 8? 

Massive Expansion Of Urban Growth Boundary PROTEST RALLY 14th July: (13/7/09 - P)  Submissions on this incomprehensible land-grab - almost up to Macedon Ranges' boundary - close Friday 17 July 

Urban Growth Boundary To Skirt Macedon Ranges' Boundary - Just One Month To Comment (21/6/09 - SP)  Sprawl sneaks up on area of State environmental significance - how do we protect that significance? 

Changes To Urban Growth Boundary (30/5/09 - P)  Sprawl comes close to Macedon Ranges as the "immovable" growth boundaries are expanded yet again 

 

VCAT

Save Our Suburbs (Vic):  "VCAT Exposed" and "Implementation and Performance of Melbourne 2030" Features On SOS Website Melbourne  (14/11/06 - P)  The Malvern East Group (MEG) has scoured VCAT records to look at the relationship between different VCAT members and development approvals.  Verrry interesting...

Pop The Corks!  Recent VCAT Decision Says Macedon Ranges Isn't Like Melbourne (27/2/06 - P)   It's a stunning statement of the bleeding obvious and what we've been trying to get through to the government for years

VCAT Boss Says Suburban Melbourne 2030 Doesn't Apply In Macedon Ranges (27/2/06 - SP)  Melbourne's 2030 doesn't mean wall-to-wall suburbs between Melbourne and Bendigo!

 

VLGA - Fix Planning In Victoria

Victorian Local Governance Association Supports Overhaul Of Planning In Victoria (10/6/06 - P)  Not enough local control... VCAT not listening... Sound familiar?  The trickle becomes a stream as the list of people calling for planning change continues to grow.

 

Federal Issues

Peri Urban

Change And Continuity In Peri Urban Australia:  Monograph 4 Now Available (29/9/08 - P)  Final chapter puts forward two scenarios

Change And Continuity In Peri Urban Australia - Monograph 2 Now Released (10/8/08 - P)  Towering strategic report on Bendigo Corridor

"Change and Continuity In Peri Urban Australia" - First Report Of Federal Study Now Available (7/8/07 - P)  Critically important study looks at rapid growth in semi-rural areas on the fringe of capital cities