Introduction

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 process will occur in two parts:

  • Part 1 - Review and provide advice on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment, which includes a decision­ making framework that will be used to assess proposals for the future redevelopment of surplus golf course land primarily within metropolitan Melbourne and advise how the guidelines can be given effect in the Victorian Planning System.
  • Part 2 - Advise whether proposals that are referred to the Advisory Committee from the Minister for Planning (or delegate) for the rezoning of golf course land within the Urban Growth Boundary of metropolitan Melbourne, to facilitate redevelopment for urban purposes satisfy the planning guidelines and are consistent with state and local policy.

The Advisory Committee is currently in Part 1 of the process and submissions on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment are open. You can find more information about the Advisory Committee process below, including how to make a submission.

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 1 Standing Advisory Committee Process: Review of draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment


View the proposal – draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment

The draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment (August 2019) prepared by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) can be viewed here:


Stage 1 – Exhibition and submissions

You are invited to make a submission to the Advisory Committee on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment. Submissions may address any matter relevant to the draft Planning Guidelines, including whether the draft Guidelines are supported or objected to or any recommended changes.

Submissions are invited over a 20 business day period.

Make your Submission

Submissions opened on 2 September 2019. Submissions can be made until 5.00pm on 30 September 2019 using the form below.

Please contact Planning Panels Victoria on 8392 5120 if you would like to make a hard-copy submission or have issues with this form.

Public Briefing

A public briefing was held at 10.00am on Thursday 12 September 2019 at Planning Panels Victoria.

The purpose of the briefing was for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to present an overview of the background and work done on the planning for Golf Strategy and the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment.

The slides presented during the Public Briefing by the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee and those presented by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning can be found here:

At the close of exhibition, the Advisory Committee will consider the submissions received and may conduct workshops or forums with submitters to explore issues or other matters. Any workshops or forums held will be public and could be with all or groups of submitters.

If workshops or forums are held these will be informal and will likely take place in the week beginning the 21 October 2019.

The Advisory Committee will advise if any workshops or forums are held and the dates and locations of these, shortly after the close of exhibition.

The Advisory Committee is required to submit its report to the Minister for Planning as soon as practicable but no later than 40 business days from the collection of submissions or 20 business days from the completion of workshop or forums.

Collection notice

Please note that your submission will be treated in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through Document Library) which will include placing your submission on this website, providing it to other parties (the Proponent (if applicable), each relevant council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) and displaying it in the workshops or forums. Submissions may also be provided to other submitters upon request. You should not include any other personal information in the body of your submission, such as addresses, email and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.unit@delwp.vic.gov.au

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Part 2 Standing Advisory Committee Process: Review of redevelopment proposals


Redevelopment proposals can be referred to the Advisory Committee by the Minister for Planning (or delegate) and may be in the form of changes to the planning scheme or a combined planning scheme amendment or planning permit.

No redevelopment proposals have been referred to this Advisory Committee yet.

The process for Part 2 is outlined in the Committees Terms of Reference.

In summary, if a proposal is referred to the Advisory Committee from the Minister for Planning (or delegate) Part 2 includes:

  • Stage 1 – Exhibition - DELWP will give notice of the proposal for at least 30 business days.
  • Stage 2 – Public Hearing - The Committee will carry out a public hearing and provide all submitters with an opportunity to be heard.
  • Stage 3 - Report - Committee to produce a written report to the Minister for Planning as soon as practicable but no later than 40 business days from completion of its hearings.

Contact Us

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

Name Michael Everett, Planning Implementation, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Phone (03) 8683 0956
Email michael.everett@delwp.vic.gov.au

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

Name Amy Selvaraj, Planning Panels Victoria
Phone (03) 8392 5120
Email planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au