Golf is one of Australia’s most popular organised recreational activities. The sport is experiencing big changes in demand. Overall, traditional golf club membership is in decline and clubs are facing changing leisure patterns and increasing operating costs. Some golf clubs have been forced to merge or close. This trend has drawn developer interest in golf course land.

Recognising that golf course land, especially within Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary may be considered for rezoning, the Victorian Government seeks to ensure new proposals for redevelopment are assessed according to consistent criteria outlined in a planning decision-making framework.

Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee was appointed in August 2019 to review and provide the Minister for Planning advice on draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment and advise on proposals for redevelopment of golf course land within the Urban Growth Boundary of metropolitan Melbourne.

The work and scope of the Advisory Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference, which you can find in the Document Library on the right-hand side of this page.

The Advisory Committee is comprised of the following Members:

  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Geoff Underwood (Deputy Chair)
  • Michael Malouf
  • Shelley McGuinness
  • Gabby McMillan

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies.

Part 2 - Current Referrals

Proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment

On 9 May 2021 the Minister for Planning referred the proposed redevelopment of the Kingswood Golf Course to the Advisory Committee for consideration and advice.

The Proposal is currently being considered by the Advisory Committee. For more information on what is proposed and the progress of this matter visit the Proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment page.

Part 1 - Completed

The Advisory Committee completed Part 1 of the process and provided its Part 1 Report to the Minister for Planning on 22 November 2019.

The Minister for Planning released the Advisory Committees Part 1 Report, the final approved version of the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment (which have been re-titled to “Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes”) and a Ministerial response to the Part 1 Report on 25 June 2020. These documents can be found in the Document Library on the Part 1 page above.

Contact Us

For referral of proposals to the Advisory Committee and notice of the proposals, please contact:

Name State Planning Systems, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Phone 1300 366 356

If you have any questions on the Advisory Committee Process or making a submission, please contact:

Name Amy Selvaraj, Planning Panels Victoria
Phone 136 186