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. You can find more information about the Advisory Committee process below.

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

Submissions to the Advisory Committee on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment were collected between 2 September 2019 and 5.00pm on 30 September 2019.

The Advisory Committee received 63 submissions on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment. A list of submitters can be found here.


Public Briefing

A public briefing was held 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 undertaken on the planning for Golf Strategy and the preparation of 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:

The Advisory Committee has considered the submissions received and has decided to conduct a number of focussed Workshops with different groups of submitters to explore issues arising from the submissions. The Workshops will take the form of roundtable discussions.

The Workshops are open to the public and people are welcome to watch and listen to what is discussed. The Workshops will be held at Planning Panels Victoria, Hearing Room 1, 1 Spring Street on:

  • Monday 21 October, 10.00am to 11.30am - Make up Golf Workshop (for those Submitters that could not attend their allotted time)
  • Monday 21 October, 1.00pm to 4.00pm - Community Groups and Individuals Workshop
  • Tuesday 22 October 2019, 9.30am to 12.30pm - Councils and Institutions Workshop
  • Tuesday 22 October 2019, 1.30pm to 4.30pm - Golf Clubs and Consultant Workshops


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


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