The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has backed the efforts of the Mayor of Nillumbik Cr Karen Egan and Nillumbik Shire Council to protect the amenity and landscape values of the Shire’s Green Wedge areas.
Ms Lovell raised the issue with the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne during the adjournment debate in State Parliament this week.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell urged the Minister to meet with council representatives as a matter of urgency to discuss the depositing of clean fill in Green Wedge areas in the shire and for him to approve planning amendments allowing the council to properly regulate the activity.
Melbourne’s Green Wedge areas are widely recognised as vital assets for the respective peri-urban councils in which they are located and the ongoing practice of depositing of soil and fill in these areas are adversely impacting on the quality of rural land.
The amendments lodged sought by Nillumbik Council will allow them to properly regulate the land use to prevent dumping of fill through the requirement for a planning permit to be issued.
The Government’s own Plan Melbourne Strategy highlights strategies to support planning for rural and Green Wedge areas in order to recognise and protect land for its agricultural, environmental, heritage, landscape, recreational and tourism values.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Currently, there is no provision in Planning Schemes to regulate the deposit of clean fill in Green Wedge areas and I urge the Minister to meet with Nillumbik Shire Council representatives to discuss the issue and identify a path forward that will allow regulation of this concerning practice.
“The amendments to the Planning Provisions lodged with the Minister for approval will allow Nillumbik and other councils to prevent this dumping by requiring a planning permit to be issued and I call on the Minister to take urgent action on the issue.”
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