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Please Sign The 'Keep Macedon Ranges Rural' PETITION
To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria
The petition of the people of Victoria and of Macedon Ranges Shire
points out to the House
Macedon Ranges Shire currently has its own planning policy, Statement of Planning Policy No 8 - Macedon Ranges and Surrounds 1975 [the 'Macedon Ranges policy'], to protect its environment, towns and rural land from overdevelopment.
The 'Macedon Ranges policy' is no longer underpinned by State legislation and has been downgraded to local policy in Macedon Ranges planning scheme. Residents' campaigns since 2004 and a 2004 Council resolution have called for the 'Macedon Ranges policy' to be reinstated as State policy.
The Victorian Department of Planning has, without consultation, ordered this policy be removed from Macedon Ranges planning scheme, opening the door to the same metropolitan over-development the policy was introduced to prevent.
Without government action, this outstanding, irreplaceable natural asset, its rural character and environment, will be lost for future generations.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria act to: