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.

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

Proposed wholesale fresh produce market

Author: 
Dandenong Journal

Attached is an artcile reproduced from the Dandenong Journal of 21 March 2016 containing reporting on a proposed wholesale fresh produce market in the Green Wedge and dissent to the project.

21/03/2016

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

Planning for disaster

Author: 
Michael Buxton, The Age

Melbourne already has 30 years of land supply but Ted Baillieu and Matthew Guy want more.

HOPES have faded that the Baillieu government would continue the moderate approach to land use of former premier Sir Rupert Hamer. Instead this is government in the Jeff Kennett style.

The Baillieu administration is rushing to change the Victorian planning system, with radical deregulation changing Melbourne irrevocably for the worse.

15/07/2012
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Her green vision should be hailed

Mary Delahunty should be remembered not for her occasional frustration with anti-development groups (''Delahunty memoir reveals developer sway on planning'', 22/8) but for her historic vision and the green wedges protection policy she developed with the backing of then premier Steve Bracks in 2002.

29/08/2010
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Why UGB expansion plans are seriously flawed: analysis by Jenni Bundy

The Melbourne @ 5 Million documents and consequent plan to expand the UGB to provide further green-field residential land from Green Wedges, announced in December 2009, are based on incorrect and deeply flawed land supply estimates. These invalid figures are the basis upon which the Government has deemed it necessary to move the UGB.

The figures require amendment and other relevant planning and particularly, economic factors require re-examination.

Save Coomoora Reserve Coalition

Author: 
Damon Anderson, SCRC

Are you aware that VicRoads plans to bulldoze much of Coomoora Woodland Flora and Fauna Reserve in Keysborough soon to make way for the Dingley Bypass?

HOW TO VOTE TO SAVE GREEN WEDGES IN THE STATE OF UNCERTAINTY

At our recent electoral forum on planning policies for Green Wedges, the ALP and Greens Planning Spokespersons Brian Tee and Greg Barber both provided strong commitments to protect Melbourne’s Green Wedges by opposing any further expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary(UGB).  The Planning Minister Matthew Guy has matched that commitment, though he declined our invitation to address our forum (which we combined with the AGM), after initially agreeing to attend. 

This marks a big improvement on the 2010 election, when Green Wedge supporters were reeling from the rezoning of 43,000 ha of Green Wedge land for urban growth in 2010 and bracing ourselves for a new round of rezonings in the Coalition Government’s election policy  This led to another 6000 ha of excisions from the Green Wedges, including some owned by Liberal Party donors and to a review of the rural zones which allowed a number of urban uses including schools and hotels into the Green Wedges. We support the protection of agriculture but making agriculture as-of-right and undermining the Native Vegetation controls will mean more clearing of which we won’t even be notified. Mr Tee says a Labor Government would again review the zones with a view to tightening controls on urban uses in the Green Wedges. 

We are now back to bipartisan support for Green Wedges, for the first time since 2008. An important milestone:  we hope the losses of the past five years have been stemmed.

The Green Wedges are however, still under threat, though we have been quieter than in the turbulent days of the "logical inclusions", "anomalies" and the rural zones review.  The threats this year are not as direct as they were before the 2010 election, but still there.

The main threat now is uncertainty.  Plan Melbourne provides for a permanent urban boundary, but the Metropolitan Planning Authority is responsible for implementation, with input from Councils. Minister Guy says this does not herald a new round of rezoning bids and we certainly hope he is right.

 

Apart from this, the main threats to the Green Wedges now consist of:

* A weakened Rural Conservation Zone as a result of the Rural Zones Review 

*  Decisions by Kingston Council to rezone or pave the way for subdivision of their Green Wedge land that could inspire developers and their friends in other Councils to do the same, unless the Minister promptly and firmly says no.  He has said he would fix these issues but has not done so. (see Defenders of the S-E Green Wedge bulletin (below)).

 

These comments may be attributed to Rosemary West, joint coordinator of the Green Wedges Coalition, 0418 554 799; For comment,  call Kahn Franke, President, GWC (Nillumbik) 0456 701 663 or for Kingston issues, Barry Ross, secretary, Defenders of the South East Green Wedge,9598 6266.

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