Posted 13/7/09 


Message to members and friends of Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc.





Here is some information which you might have already seen on the Urban Growth Boundary Extension.  This will involve requisitioning 50,000 hectares for residential development and new roads with extraordinary implications for environmental damage and destruction of wildlife, loss of western grasslands, increase greenhouse gas emissions, loss of arable farm land, destruction of green wedges, compulsory acquisition of land, increased tax burdens and the go-for-growth-at any-costs philosophy. Also the erosion of our democracy when the elected State Government bypasses Parliament and local councils over planning and environment issues.


We urge you to make a submission to the Growth Areas Authority.  We should not have to do this but sometimes it is worthwhile. e.g. the Eddington Review on the East West Link through inner Melbourne and prime parkland.  There were over 2,300 submissions mostly opposing the road tunnels/freeways and advocating public transport funding. (The Government was stunned at the response) Note that the EW Link was dropped from Victorian Transport Plan.


The "public information sessions"  are drop in times to get information.  I rang 1800 090 789 for information and hope to be sent a DVD with the information.  Google  Department of Planning and Community Development, Growth Areas Authority or Urban Growth Boundary.  


The Government is seeking public feedback on the following proposals:



Public feedback is also sought on the findings set out in the Strategic Impact Assessment Report for Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.


According to instructions there are three ways you can provide your submission:


Submissions close at 5:00 pm on Friday, 17 July 2009.


Quote:  "All submissions will be considered by the Victorian Government before it makes any decisions."


See media release from the Green Wedges Coalition plus information.





Julianne Bell


Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc.

PO Box 197

Parkville 3052


98184114 or 0408022408