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COMMUNITY CLIPBOARD   See Directory

 

 

AROUND THE TRAPS / COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD

 

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

 

 

Getting Riddell Right Website Now Up And Running www.riddell.org.au  (21/5/13 -RA-CC)   GRR kicks off fund-raising for VCAT supermarket case with "Supper and Songs" dinner on 29 June

Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network (19/11/08 - E)  New website  More...

Reminder From Planning Backlash (2/4/09 - P)  Are you looking at www.marvellousmelbourne.org? More...

 

 

 

 

COUNCIL See Directory

 

 

COUNCIL & councillor performances  Archive

 

 

NEW  Woo-hoo.  Stunning Outcome For 2017/2018 MRSC Budget.  What A Difference An Election Makes!  (9/7/17 - C)  New Councillors put changed priorities, and new savings, on the table  Budget file

 

NEW  2017 Community Satisfaction Survey:  Well, Look At That.  The Community Is Saying There's A Problem With Population Growth In Macedon Ranges  (9/7/17 - C)   Plenty of work still to be done to lift satisfaction and standards, but the change of councillors already shows because this survey tells us the tide has at least stopped going out  Survey file

 

CURRENT  Outcome of Macedon Ranges 8 March Special Council Meeting For Rescission Motions 

(17/3/17 - C)  Cr. Jukes' rescission motion, to reverse Council's decision to withdraw support for Council's expired equine strategy, was defeated 8-1.  Cr. Mees' rescission motion to reverse approval of a 2 lot subdivision and 2 dwellings in Woodend, was carried   Council Performance file  Equine file  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT  22nd February 2017 Council Meeting:  Welcome To The World Of Changing Council Priorities  (6/3/17 - C)  Cr. Jukes lodges rescission motion against Council withdrawing formal support for the Equine Strategy - Special Council Meeting Wednesday 8 March, Gisborne, 6.00pm.  Councillor Performance File  Equine File   Red Alerts

 

CURRENT Decision To Allow Ed Sheeran Concert ON Hanging Rock Breaks Faith And Process, And Totally Disrespects The Rock (25/2/17 - C)  Macedon Ranges Shire may have new councillors but this decision - apparently without approval from new councillors - shows the rot at Council still goes deep.  Council Performances file  Hanging Rock file 

 

CURRENT  Woo-hoo.  Our New Council Is Actually Asking Residents What They Think!  Survey About 'What's Important To You' - Closes February 12, 2017  (23/12/16 - C)  Feedback will inform the Shire's Council Plan.  Council Plan file  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT Last Council Meeting Of The Term Shocks:  Mayor Says "What This Council Has Done, Can't Be Undone" (27/10/16 - C)   It seemed a familiar enough pattern:  yet another house in the Farming zone; 75% of the agenda items approved "en bloc";  a councillor or two absent; self-congratulations; CEO and staff executive praised, community criticised.  Then came the pointers to where and what the rot is on council.  Councillor performance file

 

CURRENT Recent VCAT 'Red Dot' Decision About Existing Use Rights At Carlsruhe Reveals More Than Just Another Mistake At Council (15/9/16 - C)  You will want to see this: Macedon Ranges Council employee found to not be a credible or reliable witness  Council/Councillor Performance file   Equine file  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT Council Strikes At The Heart Of The Ranges With Its Latest Hare-Brained "Economic" Plans For Macedon and Mount Macedon (15/9/16 - P)  Keep it "small scale" at Mount Macedon?  Deleted before the council meeting. Then our esteemed Councillor majority authorised officers to make more (unseen and unknown) changes before rolling out planning scheme amendments for these two settlements  Macedon/Mount Macedon File   Red Alerts

 

CURRENT  Dire News:  Macedon Ranges Falls To Urbanisation Of Rural Land As Amendment C110 Panel Says the Gisborne and Riddells Creek Rural Living Carve-Up - Which Puts Housing Estates In A Nationally Significant Landscape - Is OK  (2/8/16 - P)  Worse: Macedon Ranges Council has overturned the Panel's veto of rezoning and urbanising of rural land at Kyneton and Romsey and will go ahead regardless.  This is what out-of-control looks like.  Only the State government can stop it and save Macedon Ranges now.  Rural Living file

 

CURRENT Council In Denial About New Lows In Community Satisfaction With Its Performances, Blames Talk Of Rates-Capping.   Still Not Listening To The Community Then...  (19/7/16 - C)  Community loss of confidence in Council is confirmed in falls in overall council performance, overall council direction, advocacy, lobbying, making community decisions, consultation, planning, and how council is handling business and tourism.  Many 2016 satisfaction scores are the worst of this Council's term, and worse than the previous (2012) Council.  Time to throw out this failed Council, and our CEO.  Survey Archive file

 

 

MAYOR & DEPUTY MAYOR

 

The Macedon Ranges Shire's Mayor & Officer Relationship (aka The Mayor's Affair) (25/3/14 - C)  Too close for ratepayers' comfort?   UPDATE (12/5/14 - C) The CEO's letter to MRRA in response to this article  Mayor File

 

 

council elections

 

Special Feature  Council Elections 2016:   Candidate Assessments - who MRRA would and wouldn't vote for

Special Feature  Council Elections 2012:  Results, Candidates, Council, Preferences, How Votes Are Counted

 

 

council finances

 

 

NEW  Woo-hoo.  Stunning Outcome For 2017/2018 MRSC Budget.  What A Difference An Election Makes!  (9/7/17 - C)  New Councillors put changed priorities, and new savings, on the table  Budget file

 

CURRENT MRRA Submission To The 2017/18 Council Budget  (19/6/17 - C)   We've asked for a $3 million error to be corrected   Budget file  Red Alerts

 

Council Budget 2015/16 MRRA's Report: Mountain of debt and a deteriorating financial position Link

 

Council Staff

Council Standards

 

Council Meetings

 

NEW  Council Meeting Dates For July 2017 to June 2018  More...

 

 

Council Other Places

 

Council Projects & Services

 

 

CURRENT Outcome of Macedon Ranges 8 March Special Council Meeting For Rescission Motions 

(17/3/17 - C)  Cr. Jukes' rescission motion, to reverse Council's decision to withdraw support for Council's expired equine strategy, was defeated 8-1.  Cr. Mees' rescission motion to reverse approval of a 2 lot subdivision and 2 dwellings in Woodend, was carried   Council Performance file  Equine file  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT 22nd February 2017 Council Meeting:  Welcome To The World Of Changing Council Priorities  (6/3/17 - C)  Cr. Jukes lodges rescission motion against Council withdrawing formal support for the Equine Strategy - Special Council Meeting Wednesday 8 March, Gisborne, 6.00pm.  Councillor Performance File  Equine File   Red Alerts

 

CURRENT Decision To Allow Ed Sheeran Concert ON Hanging Rock Breaks Faith And Process, And Totally Disrespects The Rock (25/2/17 - C)  Macedon Ranges Shire may have new councillors but this decision - apparently without approval from new councillors - shows the rot at Council still goes deep.  Council Performances file  Hanging Rock file 

 

CURRENT  Recent VCAT 'Red Dot' Decision About Existing Use Rights At Carlsruhe Reveals More Than Just Another Mistake At Council (15/9/16 - C)  You will want to see this: Macedon Ranges Council employee found to not be a credible or reliable witness  Council/Councillor Performance file   Equine file  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT Council to go with Kyneton Airfield runway extension, despite now admitting it's not needed or planned for fire-fighting purposes.  (23/8/16)  MRRA's submission on the Kyneton Airfield Masterplan

 

 

Council Surveys

 

NEW  2017 Community Satisfaction Survey:  Well, Look At That.  The Community Is Saying There's A Problem With Population Growth In Macedon Ranges  (9/7/17 - C)   Plenty of work still to be done to lift satisfaction and standards, but the change of councillors already shows because this survey tells us the tide has at least stopped going out  Survey file

 

 

 

MAV

VLGA

Ratepayers Victoria INC

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT  See Directory

 

 

ANIMALS

 

CLIMATE CHANGE / HELP THE PLANET

 

 

"Hell To Pay - Cities In The Age Of Default And Revolt" by Brendan Gleeson (24/9/06 - E)   Published in 2004, this paper pulls no punches about what could happen if we don't heed the warning signs. More...

 

COASTAL

EPA PUBLICATIONS

EDO

ENVIRO-EMAILS

EVENTS

FLOOD STUDY: GISBORNE

FRIENDS OF:  FRIENDSNET

FIELD DAYS / OPEN DAYS

FUNDING

HELP THE PLANET

GM CROPS

LAND MANAGEMENT

 

LANDCARE

ON-GOING Woodend Landcare (21/8/12 - CC)  GET INVOLVED! EVERY THURSDAY!  More...

 

LANDSCAPES

 

NATIVE VEGETATION

 

NEW   Action Required  Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] Calls For Submissions On Public Land In Victoria's Central West  (9/7/17 - E)  That includes the Wombat Forest, Cobaw Forest and Macedon Regional Park in Macedon Ranges Shire.  A drop-in session will be held in Woodend on 27 July. Submissions close 21 August 2017  VEAC file

 

 

STORMWATER

STUDY TOURS

SUSTAINABILITY

TOXIC WASTE

WASTE MANAGEMENT

 

WATER

 

Are We All Rooned?   Someone Asks The $64,000 Question:  Should It Be An Ambulance Or A Fence? (23/8/06 - E) "The water issues continue to amaze me. I would not have thought we could come this close to the edge of the cliff without somebody thinking about the fence that might be built for the future..." More...

 

WEEDS & PESTS

 

WILDLIFE

CURRENT Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network (19/11/08 - E)  New website   More...

 

WIND ENERGY

 

 

 

 

MRRA See Directory

 

NEW  MRRA Submission to 2017/18 MRSC Budget  (19/6/17 - C)   We are asking for a $3 million error to be corrected  Link

CURRENT MRRA Submission (13/7/15)  Hanging Rock Review  Hanging Rock file

CURRENT MRRA Submission (28/4/15 - P)  Landscape Assessment Study: Round 2  Landscape file

CURRENT MRRA Submission (12/12/14 - P)  Macedon Ranges' Shire's "In The Rural Living Zone"   Rural Living file

MRRA Submission On Metropolitan Strategy Discussion Paper (The New Melbourne 2030) (23/4/13-RA-P)  It's a big document with many parts, but it's a worry when how Macedon Ranges will be protected isn't clear at all, we are told we must 'move away from regulation', priority is given to economics, and there is to be a new process to 'facilitate' creative and innovative investment projects - even when it isn't allowed by a planning scheme  Click here

National Recognition For MRRA  (19/10/09)  MRRA to be included in Canberra's National Library Of Australia archive - in perpetuity!  More...

MRRA Makes Submission On Council's Economic Development Strategy  (21/8/09 - C)  Room for improvement... More...

MRRA Makes Submission On Braemar Amendment (21/8/09 - P)  It's worse than we thought... More...

MRRA Submission - President's VCAT Review Consultation Paper  (13/7/09 - P) Please, go back to planning, get the lawyers out of it, and start healing rock-bottom public confidence  More...

MRRA Submission On Environmental Regulations  (30/5/09 - SG)  We say, think about tomorrow, not just today More...

MRRA Submission On New State Residential Zones  (30/5/09 - P)  Association stands up for rural areas  More...

 

MACEDON RANGES RESIDENTS  SECRETARIAT LTD [MRRS]  2008

 

 

 

 

OTHER ITEMS See Directory

 

BUSINESS

EVENTS

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

HUMOUR

POLITICS

PUBLIC INTEREST

 

NEW   Action Required   Can You Spare 8 Minutes To Complete A University Of Melbourne Survey?  (19/6/17 - O)  It's about bushfire arson and Crimestoppers, and researchers are asking for your input.  Crimestoppers file  Red Alerts

 

 

 

 

PLANNING See Directory

 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY & CORRUPTION

 

 

AMENDMENTS

Town Structure Plan Amendments:  C98 (Woodend), C99 (Kyneton) and C100 (Riddells Creek)  Link

 

CURRENT Amendments C114 (Macedon) and C115 (Mount Macedon).  These are Implementing "Design Guidelines" To Protect Character??   Not on your nelly!  (23/12/16 - P)  How does this sound:  zero front setbacks, two storey development, no preferred character, planning requirements able to be waived by council, street trees a minor consideration - in both towns.  And this: a Special Use Zone at Mount Macedon allowing McDonalds, and 'pole signs', with "small scale" development deleted. That's what you are getting with C114 and C115.   Submissions close 30 January, 2017.  Macedon-Mount Macedon Archive File  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT  Council Strikes At The Heart Of The Ranges With Its Latest Hare-Brained "Economic" Plans For Macedon and Mount Macedon (15/9/16 - P)  Keep it "small scale" at Mount Macedon?  Deleted before the council meeting. Then our esteemed Councillor majority authorised officers to make more (unseen and unknown) changes before rolling out planning scheme amendments for these two settlements  Macedon/Mount Macedon File   Red Alerts

 

CURRENT  Fateful, Terrible News:  Macedon Ranges Falls To Urbanisation Of Rural Land As Independent Panel Says C110 Rural Living Carve-Up Around Gisborne and Riddells Creek -  Which Puts Housing Estates In A Nationally Significant Landscape - Is OK (24/7/16 - P)  But even worse, Council is not taking the Panel's 'no' to the rural living carve-ups in Romsey and Kyneton  and is set to overturn the Panel's veto for those areas at next week's Council meeting.  This is what out-of-control looks like.  Only the State government can stop it and save Macedon Ranges now.  Rural Living file

 

Panel Set For Amendment C110 - The Rural Living Subdivision Frenzy  (9/3/16 - P)   Council drops the panel hearing for C110 right in the middle of panel hearings for Woodend, Kyneton and Riddells Creek Structure Plans, AND the Protection Advisory Committee process

 

Pigs Still Flying and Council Still Lying About Amendment C84 (1/10/14 - P)  Adoption of Panel recommendations - Council's nose just keeps getting longer    C84  Red Alerts  Council Performances

 

Independent Panel Report To Abandon Amendment C92 Overturned On Mayor's Vote (31/3/14 - P)  'Favours for mates' amendment to go to Minister - four Councillors not only know better, they even speak for the CFA!   More...

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT DEFENDERS OFFICE (edo)

FIRE

HERITAGE

HOUSING

HOUSES IN RURAL ZONES

 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

 

CURRENT Application For 29 Dwellings (yes, 29) On 7,000 Sqm  In Calthorpe Street, Gisborne (23/12/16 - P)  'Over-development' and 'out-of-character' have just reached new heights   22 Calthorpe St file  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT Woodend Residents Win VCAT Case Against Coles Express Petrol Station  (24/12/15 - P)  VCAT says 'no, no, no, not like that Mr. Coles Express' - how sweet it is   Petrol Station file

CURRENT  Coles Takes Woodend Petrol Station Refusal To VCAT  (10/8/15 - P)  Details sketchy, but anticipate some form of action needed in September  Petrol Station file

CURRENT    Yay!  Macedon Over-Development Rolled By VCAT (13/4/15 - P)  VCAT finds it difficult to understand Macedon Ranges' planning policy in Amendment C84 so sticks with the existing planning scheme to say 'no' to this truly awful, out-of-character over-development   Macedon File  

CURRENT Uh--oh.  A Resignation From Villawood  (24/12/14 - P)  What's going on with Stuart Bonnington?   Villawood File  

CURRENT Woodend Estates.  Woodend... What?!   Is This A Retirement Village - Or Just A Whopping 300 Unit Residential Development Come Resort In A Rural Zone?  (10/11/14 - P)  Brochure says "it will be like living on a cruise ship".  Yep, that description pretty much nails living on this floodplain.    Woodend Retirement Village    

CURRENT Woodend Community Prevails As Council Rejects Villawood's Latest Development Proposal On 7 to 1 Vote  (25/10/14 - P)  Lone-voiced objector, Cr. Letchford again defends Villawood, calls Woodend community the "Town of No", and was the only vote for Villawood's application - until a division was called.  Then he sided with the Nays and it became a unanimous 'NO'.   Golf Course HIll/Villawood    C84    Woodend Structure Plan 

 

Massive Residential Development  Planned For Golf Course Hill In Woodend (14/10/06 - P)  There's movement at the station, or so the stories go  More...

Who Is Behind The Massive Development Push At Woodend's Iconic Golf Course Hill? (17/4/07 - P)  MRRA looks at who is behind Davies Hill Pty Ltd - the company selling land to Braemar and no doubt looking in future to rezone the current Farming zone clear the way for massive residential development  It turns out that Woodend local lawyer Mr. HEP (Chinka) Steel, and local development consultant Paul Tomkinson are major players... More...

 

PLANNING: COUNCIL

 

NEW  MRRA Submission on Kyneton South Framework Plan  (9/7/17 - P)  This plan redefines the term "investigation"  Kyneton South Investigation File

 

CURRENT High Alert For Kyneton Area:  Is Kyneton Being Set Up To Double In Size?   Submissions close June 23  (19/6/17 - P)   It's outrageous, sneaky and unacceptable.  The “Draft Framework Plan – Kyneton South Investigation Area, May 2017”   takes growth for Kyneton way, waaay past what the Shire's Settlement Strategy says, and silently balloons the town's boundary out towards Malmsbury and north towards the airfield.  Haven't been told?  Not what you want for Kyneton?  Make a submission.

Kyneton South file  Red Alerts

 

CURRENT Council Strikes At The Heart Of The Ranges With Its Latest Hare-Brained "Economic" Plans For Macedon and Mount Macedon (15/9/16 - P)  Keep it "small scale" at Mount Macedon?  Deleted before the council meeting. Then our esteemed Councillor majority authorised officers to make more (unseen and unknown) changes before rolling out planning scheme amendments for these two settlements  Macedon/Mount Macedon File   Red Alerts

Macedon and Mount Macedon Development Design Guidelines Out For Community Comment Until Sunday 5th June  (24/5/16 - P)  Spoiler alert!  Mt. Macedon "commercial" area is expanded, and you are going to have to love the word "should" to think these guidelines mean (or do) anything good at all.  You can help stop this and other Council economics and development madnesses - see "community action required" below.  Macedon-Mt Macedon file

UPDATE  Woodend Township Structure Plan - Cr. Letchford Rescission Motion  (9/6/14 - P)   span class="black">Pressure sees Councillor withdraw motion to overturn adoption of the Structure Plan   File   

 

 

PLANNING: FEDERAL

PLANNING: OTHER PLACES

PLANNING:  PLANNING BACKLASH

 

PLANNING: STATE

 

 

NEW  Action Required  State Government's "Smart Planning":  First It Was The Horror Expansion of VicSmart, And Now It's The Shrinking Of The Victoria Planning Provisions.  A Survey, Such As It Is, closes 10 July  (9/7/17 - P)  So far it has been an exercise in removing residents' rights and "simplifying" development into lower standards, accountability and transparency.  This isn't on anywhere in Victoria, and we can't see how this "protects" Macedon Ranges at all   Smart Planning file

 

CURRENT "Alternative Futures For Melbourne's Peri-Urban Region" Project Launched:  A Proposal To Restrict Loss Of Rural Land To Rural Living  (28/4/15 - P)  Go back to prescriptive planning and tenement controls to protect rural land  Peri Urban file

 

 

POKIES

POPULATION

PUBLIC LAND

VCAT

 

 

 

 

SAYNOTO SUBURBIA   See Directory

 

STATE ELECTION 2014  New Labor Government says it will protect Macedon Ranges - for good - with legislation based on Statement of Planning Policy No 8.  We will keep you to that!

STATE ELECTION 2010  Macedon Ranges Get State Protection At Last - see MRRA Media Release

Say NO To Suburbia Home Page:  Help Us Victoria!

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FEATURES

 

“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

The Urban Conversion:  'Victoria In Future' Growth Projections  (29/4/05 - SP) The Hidden Agenda For A Suburban Macedon Ranges

 

 

MRRA CAMPAIGN FOR STATE LEVEL PLANNING PROTECTION

 

Macedon Ranges Needs You archive

Localised Planning Statement archive

State Election 2014 archive

 

 

(1/12/14) LABOR WINS LOWER HOUSE, PLEDGING LEGISLATIVE PROTECTION FOR MACEDON RANGES.

"Inappropriate development risks destroying the area.  Labor will legislate to protect this iconic and historic region.”

"We will use SPP No. 8 as the basis for legislative protection."

"Labor's plan for the Macedon Ranges will provide the highest level of protection possible against inappropriate development."

"Under Labor, the beauty, heritage and unique characteristics of the Macedon Ranges will be protected for good."

We will be holding you to delivering that.

 

CURRENT A Big Step Forward By State Government Towards Protecting All Of The Macedon Ranges Shire, But... (6/3/17 - SP)  Council gets to write the protection policy.  While our new group of councillors is much, much better than the previous group, the 'accelerated-growth-and-economic-development' obsessed administration hasn't changed...  Protection File    Red Alerts 

pdf version of MRRA report

 

CURRENT Dire News:  Macedon Ranges Falls To Urbanisation Of Rural Land As Amendment C110 Panel Says the Gisborne and Riddells Creek Rural Living Carve-Up - Which Puts Housing Estates In A Nationally Significant Landscape - Is OK  (2/8/16 - P)  Worse: Macedon Ranges Council has overturned the Panel's veto of rezoning and urbanising of rural land at Kyneton and Romsey and will go ahead regardless.  This is what out-of-control looks like.  Only the State government can stop it and save Macedon Ranges now.  Rural Living file

 

Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Committee Members:  Names and Bio (20/1/16 - SP)   Committee make-up has a strong environmental flavour  Protection File

 

Terms of Reference for Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Panel Released (8/1/16 - SP)   Another welcome step towards protection, but where is the government's priority for Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 to be the basis for legislation?   Protection 2015 file

 

'Protecting Macedon Ranges' Community Forum, Gisborne:  Minister For Planning Impresses With Strong Commitment To Protect  (24/11/15 - SP)  Expert Panel to be appointed, community to have its say about legislation, what it values, and protection   Protection 2015 file

 

State Government Is Holding A Community Forum In Macedon Ranges

(6/11/15 - P)   It's a winner because (1) the Minister for Planning will be there, (2) it's about legislation to protect Macedon Ranges and (3) it's about community  Andrews govt file, Red Alerts

 

MRRA Reps Meet Minister For Planning, Richard Wynne  (27/4/15 - SP)  Minister says he can't say it any clearer:  Labor will legislate to protect this iconic and historic region.  We will use Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 as the basis for legislative protection.  That's what the government said it would do, and that's  what it will do.   Labor Protection file

 

UPDATE  MRRA STICKERS"ENDANGERED: Protect Macedon Ranges" and "Macedon Ranges: State significance, STATE PROTECTION"   (23/11/14)   You said slow growth, no suburbia, keep community feel, rotten council, endangered, protect: Keep Macedon Ranges Rural!    See the stickers    Note:  If you would like stickers, please let us know  

 

MRRA STICKERS:  "ENDANGERED: Protect Macedon Ranges" and "Macedon Ranges: State significance, STATE PROTECTION"   (20/11/14)  Available in main towns between 10 am - 12 noon on Saturday 22nd   Details  See the stickers

MRRA Stickers: Stand Up, Show You Care, And Get That Message Everywhere:   "Protect Macedon Ranges" (11/11/14)  MRRA will be handing out stickers in the main towns over the weekend of 22 and 23 November  More

 

Minister for Planning Says State Government Will Not Protect Macedon Ranges Before The State Election, and Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 Is Out-of-date, Old-fashioned  (30/10/14 - SP)  MRRA:  If the government now thinks SPP8 is so out-of-date, so old-fashioned, it's the fault of the government which has had 4 years to fix it, and honour its election promise to put it in place as State policy.  Now it's a broken promise.   See LPS file report

 

CURRENT High Alert  Council Puts Another Nail In Macedon Ranges' Coffin:  Its Rampant Rural Living Strategy Will Destroy Significant Landscapes, Clobber Gisborne (25/10/14 - P)  Council quietly takes the next step in its economic development / equine / growth agenda:  a sea of houses instead of sweeping rural views to Mount Macedon as you enter the Shire from Melbourne. This couldn't happen if we had Statement of Planning Policy No 8 as State policy.    Rural Living File   LPS  

 

Macedon Ranges Needs You!   Needs You file    LPS file 

 

CURRENT 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

 

CURRENT 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

 

Put This In Your Diary:  Council To Adopt Its Localised Planning Statement (Town Hall, Kyneton, Wednesday 24 September, 7.00pm)  (23/9/14 - SP)  Don't miss the 'brothers' dodging, spinning and pontificating as they sell the Macedon Ranges, their surrounds and what you value, down the river  LPS file 

 

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

 

DO WE HAVE YOUR FULL ATTENTION?   "What You Value" SURVEY NOW EXTENDED TO JUNE 6  (1/6/14 - P)  C'mon, guys, we can do better than the 200 responses Council says it has.    New Direct Link to survey:  Take the survey now   File  

 

MRRA Meets With Minister For Planning, Matthew Guy, June 22 (17/8/11 - SP)  Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 to be State policy by end of 2011 More...

State Government Sets Up Peri Urban Planning Unit Within Department (13/4/11- P)  First step towards making State Protection a reality for Macedon Ranges  More...

 

Council's Settlement Strategy: Submissions Extended Until End Of January 2011 (23/12/10 - P)  There's still time to tell them to do it again... More...

Liberal / National Coalition Will Protect Macedon Ranges  (20/11/10 - SG)   After 11 years in the wilderness, a State level protection lifeline at last!  Thank you... More...

'Committee For Melbourne' Thinks Macedon Ranges Is The Place For A Suburb (14/11/10 - P)  CFM aspires to include Gisborne and Riddells Creek (and Macedon) into the Metro area  More...

Macedon Ranges' Settlement Strategy Out For Consultation Until December 17th (14/11/10 - P) Don't be fooled into thinking this is either about, or good for, Macedon Ranges.  And once again, all we are getting is over 477 pages of information, and crap consultation processes, just before Christmas.  Now that's usually a sign something's wrong... More...

State (Labor) Govt's Regional Strategic Plan Puts Growth Agenda In Place For Macedon Ranges: Council Endorses Plan Without Community Consultation  (13/8/10 - P)  That puts around another 20,000 people and 7,000 houses in the Shire by 2036.  And the State government's VC66 amendment has been put in place (also sans consultation) to implement it.  Hello suburbia!  More...

MR Settlement Strategy: Is Macedon Ranges Making The Decisions, Or The State Government? (29/6/10 - P)  Meagre consultation, shabby process, a whiff of State government agenda and heaps of population growth should be ringing LOUD alarm bells  More...

'Basic' Clarkefield: Push For Ad Hoc New Town By Cr. Geoff Neil Underscores Potential For Suburban Future (18/10/08 - SP)  Needs to be more than just 'empty' land, Geoffrey  More...

DPCD Orders The 'MACEDON RANGES POLICY' Removed From Our Planning Scheme (29/9/08 - SP)   There's only one reason to do that: to open the door for suburbia  More...

Council Votes To Call On The Minister For Planning To Introduce A RURAL ResCode (11/9/08 - P)  Er, well done...  More...

Hello, Hello, Hello - Where Did Statement Of Planning Policy No. 8 Go? (16/7/08 - P)  Council's 'review' of Macedon Ranges' Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) and Local Policies sees the Macedon Ranges Policy dropped from the Macedon Ranges planning scheme.   MRRA says, we want it elevated to State policy, not shredded   More...

Planning Backlash Meets With Planning and Community Development Minister, Justin Madden (17/9/07 - SP) Metro and rural groups put issues forward - and MRRA was there  More...

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

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.  More...

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

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   More...

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?  More...

 

THE NEED FOR PROTECTION

 

Growth Rates

 

Hidden Urban Agenda

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  More...

 

Politicians/Parties

Fran Bailey, MHR McEwen

Ted Baillieu, Opposition Leader Shadow Minister for Planning

David Davis, Shadow Minister for Planning

Robyne Head, Liberal Candidate for Macedon

National Party

Greens Party

MACEDON RANGES' ISSUES

STATE ISSUES

 

 

 

STATE GOVERNMENT See Directory

 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY & CORRUPTION

 

FOI (FREEDOM OF INFORMATION)

GROWTH AGENDA

MINING

NATURAL GAS

 

PLANNING: STATE

 

POLITICIANS

PUBLIC LAND

ROADS

 

STATE ISSUES

 

CURRENT Ombudsman's Report Into Transparency In Local Government Shines A Light Where The Light Hasn't Been Shining  (23/12/16 - SG)  Findings confirm the Macedon Ranges' community wasn't just whinging when it said the previous council lacked transparency and accountability.  The ball-biter recommendation is that all council meetings should be (at least) audio recorded - including confidential meetings... and briefings!   Ho, ho, ho, ho ho.  Ombudsman File   Red Alerts

 

 

 

 

 

STATE ELECTION 2010

 

STATE ELECTION 2014

 

 

 

TRANSPORT

VALUATIONS

 

 

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