160 community & environment groups across Melbourne have formed a coalition to protect Melbourne's green wedges. We regard maintaining the green wedges for future generations as a yardstick for our generation's commitment to developing a sustainable city in a sustainable world.

Large worship centre application in the South East Green Wedge

Author: 
Frankson Leader

Attached is a copy of an article in the Frankston Leader newspaper of 9th May 2016 reporting on a planning application by the Radha Soami Satsang Beas for a large worship centre in the South East Green Wedge.

09/05/2016

Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme C143

Author: 
Dandenong Journal

Rezone push for more green wedge changes

This is a copy of an article that appeared on page 3 of the Dandenong Journal on 11 April 2106 and a push by some objectors to the proposed C143 planning scheme amendment for among other things a Chinese theme park, a housing estate and industrial development.

11/04/2016

Proposed Cemetery in the Green Wedge at Heatherton

Author: 
Moorabbin Kingston Leader

A copy of an article on a proposal for a new cemetery in the Kingston Green Wedge was published in the Moorabbin Kingston Leader newspaper on 23 September 2015. For further information go to the Articles section of this website.

11/04/2016

Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme C143

Author: 
Defenders of the South East Green Wedge

Dandenong Planning Scheme Amendment C143

This Amendment is designed to implement the recommendations of Dandenong Council’s commendable Green Wedge Management Plan to protect and improve the Green Wedge.

The Amendment was placed on public exhibition in Feb ’16 and invited comments until 7 Mar ‘16.  A planning panel will consider the amendment next July and will take submissions in writing or in person.  The panel’s report will go to Dandenong Council and then to the Minister for Planning for his decision.

11/04/2016

Proposed Cemetery in the Green Wedge at Heatherton

Author: 
Defenders of the South East Green Wedge

Proposed Cemetery in the Green Wedge at Heatherton

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (the Trust) has a proposal for a 130 hectare cemetery in the Green Wedge at Heatherton.  Unfortunately, the proposal will result in the conversion of most of the best market garden land in the City of Kingston.

11/04/2016

The Future of the Green Wedges and the importance of agriculture

Author: 
Alan Thatcher

This is a copy of an article that I preared for Planning News the regular publication of the Planning Institute of Australia, Victorian Division, in March 2015 edition. It discusses the importance of agricultural land use to the future strategic planning for the Green Wedges.

The future of the Green Wedges

07/04/2016

Green Wedges Coalition - overall priority issues and actions

Author: 
Green Wedges Coalition

The Green Wedge Coalition (GWC) in its submission to the State Government on Plan Melbourne Refresh Discussion Paper (October 2015) strongly asserted that what is needed in revision of Plan Melbourne for the future of the Green Wedges is:

04/04/2016

Plan Melbourne Discussion Paper (2015)

Author: 
Green Wedge Coalition

The future of the Green Wedges is vital to the quality of life andthe reputation of Melbourne asone of the world’s most liveable cities.

Yet the Green Wedges are in danger of disappearing from both the ongoing encroachment ofurban development and more insidiously a gradual increase in built development under uses permissible under existing nonurban zoning. These could lead to ‘death by a thousand cuts’.

Saturday, 12 September, 2015

RALLY TO STOP THE PLANNING DISASTER

Matthew Guy is proposing planning changes that would “urbanise” ​​our precious green wedges by allowing schools, medical centres, service stations, hotels, shops and other suburban facilities to be built anywhere across the countryside.

 

He is also proposing new residential zones will allow shops, offices, medical centres and churches to be established without a planning permit in many residential streets. The new commercial zones setup a retailing and commercial free-for-all. Much of Melbourne will have little protection against piecemeal development. Our historic strip shopping centres will be demolished or distorted to facades in front of medium and high-rise development.

All this would be a disaster. It is completely unacceptable to communities in and around the city. We will all join to deliver that message loud and clear to the Baillieu Government on Thursday 29 November.

We ask you to join us to defend Melbourne and its Green Wedges –-- for you, and for your children and grandchildren.

Planning Minister Guy’s proposals are “a ‘hit job’ on Green Wedges, according to RMIT University Planning Professor Michael Buxton. They would give developers carte blanche to build across the peninsula’s beautiful open farmland and the environmental and agricultural treasures and landscapes of all the green wedges.That means we would lose it forever.

 

For more information, please see Green Wedges Coalition submissionhttp://gwc.org.au/submissions/2012/planningzonesreview, one of 2000 received by Government despite a brief ten week period for submissions and virtually no community consultation, except by alert councils at Manningham and Mornington Peninsula. 

Mornington Peninsula groups are hiring buses to get supporters to the rally and home again. The aim is to get to the city mid-morning so you can shop, meet friends &c then attend the rally at 1pm. Details of route, times and prices are being worked out. If you are interested in the bus option, please contact Peter Hall (Flinders Community Association)pchall@iprimus.com.au (5989 0140) or David Harrison (Red Hill Community Action) wordart@pac.com.au(5989 2285). They believe seats will fill fast, so don’t delay! 

HELP GET THE MESSAGE OUT. PASS IT ON TO YOUR GROUP, YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR COLLEAGUES! IF YOU DON’T LIVE ON THE PENINSULA, ORGANISE YOUR OWN BUS OR COME WITH YOUR BANNERS ON THE TRAIN.

20/11/2012

Submission to the planning zones review

Author: 
Rosemary West

1. Background: Green Wedges and the role of the Green Wedges Coalition

 

 The 1968-71 metropolitan planning process officially established nine Green Wedges as non-urban zones between Melbourne's main urban development corridors. It outlined acceptable non-urban uses, including recreation, flora and fauna conservation. landscape protection, resource utilization and farming. The protection of public land and of public open space is integral to the first two of these uses, but not necessarily to the others.

 

Saturday, 29 September, 2012

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