PROTECTING THE MACEDON RANGES FROM INAPPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to protect the muchloved Macedon Ranges from inappropriate development.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne joined Member for Macedon MaryAnne Thomas in Gisborne last night to announce the Labor Government would deliver on an election

commitment to introduce legislation to Parliament that will protect the region’s unique character and boost local jobs.

The Labor Government established the Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Committee in 2015 to work with the community and the council on how to best protect the Macedon

Ranges’ great values, attributes and character.  And we’ve listened to the community, who identified urban and township growth

concerns, expanding settlement boundaries and encroachment onto rural land as key concerns.

The Committee made 12 recommendations and we have accepted them all. Our reforms will include:

 –Legislation to protect the iconic and historic region

- A Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement, prepared in consultation with relevant stakeholders including the Registered Aboriginal Parties

 –Ensuring settlement boundaries are informed by policy and strategic work

 –Revised planning controls applied to the Mount William Stone Hatchet Quarry

- A review of the application of the Vegetation Protection Overlays across the

Macedon Ranges Shire the Government will work with the Victorian Planning Authority and the Macedon Ranges

Shire Council to implement all 12 recommendations that will protect the Macedon Ranges’ future.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon MaryAnne Thomas

“We promised we’d protect the environmental values of the Macedon Ranges and that’s exactly what we’re doing. The action we’re taking will support the community and boost

jobs.”

“We’re lucky to live in one of the most picturesque destinations in Victoria, and we’re going to make sure it stays that way.”