Posted 18/11/06

Friday, November 17, 2006




Unlike Labor and its broken promises, a Liberal Government will move quickly to protect the Macedon Ranges and McHarg Ranges from inappropriate development, Liberal Leader Ted Baillieu announced today.


In 1998 Labor promised to “protect Melbourne’s green belts and sensitive areas such as the Dandenongs, Macedon Ranges and Mornington Peninsula” (Labor Position Paper on Planning Policy, August 1998). 


Despite its rhetoric, Labor has failed to protect the Macedon and McHarg Ranges Region.


A Liberal Government will withdraw Melbourne 2030, which in the Macedon Ranges vicinity is causing country railway stations to be interpreted as ‘transport nodes’, rural town centres as ‘activity centres’ and Regional Network Corridors as suburban growth corridors.


The provisions of Melbourne 2030 have meant the character of key towns in the Macedon Ranges and the McHarg Ranges and vicinity have been placed at risk.


The Liberal Government Plan to Protect the Macedon and McHarg Ranges Region will:


“The Macedon Ranges and McHarg Ranges are a valuable asset for Victorians. A Liberal Government will not see them spoiled by inappropriate over-development,” Mr Baillieu said.


“Protecting these ranges is also important to maintaining Victoria’s biodiversity, along with its remnant native vegetation and unique tourism values so close to the metropolitan area.


“Despite its promises, Labor continues to do nothing about the development pressures threatening the unique character of these ranges.”


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