Update 25/06/2019

The Committee has received a letter and Addendum to the Terms of Reference from the Minister for Planning directing that the Committee conduct a Directions Hearing and a Public Hearing "only after the issuing of a 'Minister's assessment' on the North East Link Project".

As such, the dates for the Directions Hearing and Public Hearing will be confirmed after the Inquiry and Advisory Committee for the North East Link Project has concluded and the Minister has issued the assessment.

Further, following a request from the proponents of the draft Planning Scheme Amendment for the Former Bulleen Drive-In site to withdraw the amendment request, this will no longer be considered by the Committee.

You can follow the progress of the North East Link Inquiry and Advisory Committee here.

This page will be updated when dates are able to be confirmed and all submitters will be notified directly.


In enacting a key action of the Yarra River Action Plan 2017, The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has prepared a draft Framework Plan for the Yarra River - Bulleen Precinct. The draft plan recommends future land uses and connections for a section of the Yarra River encompassing parts of Bulleen, Heidelberg, and Lower Templestowe.

Key features of the draft plan are:

  • a continuous open space connection on the eastern (Manningham) side of the river
  • new pedestrian and cycling links, providing better connection to the river and improved north-south access
  • new pedestrian and cycling bridges across the river with stronger physical connections to the Heidelberg town centre
  • an expanded cultural precinct - building on the Heide Museum of Modern Art - and places for new cultural facilities
  • delivery of new open space, recreation and conservation areas
  • new places for ecological connection and revegetation
  • investigation of road access improvements, including the future widening of Templestowe Road.

Draft Amendments to the Manningham Planning Scheme have also been prepared and referred to the Committee. These relate to specific sites within the Precinct, at the Bulleen Drive-In site and the Yarra Valley Country Club.

Yarra River - Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning has appointed an Advisory Committee to provide strategic and statutory planning advice on the the draft Framework Plan and associated draft Planning Scheme Amendments. The work of the Advisory Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference, which you can find in the Document Folder on the right hand side of this page.

The Committee is comprised of the following Members:

  • Con Tsotsoros (Chair)
  • Lorina Nervegna
  • Greg Sharpley
  • Michael Malouf

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies.

You can find more information about the Advisory Committee process below, including how to make a submission and appearing at a Hearing.

Draft Land Use Framework Plan

Proposed Planning Scheme Amendment

Advisory Committee Process

Exhibition and submissions

An invitation was extended for the public to make a submission to the Advisory Committee on any or all parts of the draft Framework Plan and Planning Scheme Amendments. Submissions may address any matter the submitter considers relevant, including whether the proposal is supported or objected to or if an alternative development, use or planning control is preferred.

Submissions were invited over a 20 day business period.

Make your Submission

The exhibition and submission period has now closed. You can find the submissions received below:

Public Briefing

A public briefing was held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at the Manningham Function Centre (699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster).

The purpose of the briefing was to present an overview of the proposals and information on the Advisory Committee process.

Directions Hearing

The Minister for Planning provided an Addendum to the Committee's Terms of Reference signed 23 June 2019. This Addendum directed that the Directions Hearing and Public Hearing should not proceed until after the issuing of a 'Minister's assessment' on the North East Link Project.

As such, dates for a Directions Hearing will not be set until that assessment is issued (likely late 2019). Please check back on this page for updates at that time.

A Directions Hearing will be held at Planning Panels Victoria, located at Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne.

You should attend the Directions Hearing if you:

  • are new to the Panel process or wish to participate in the Hearing
  • have questions about the Panel process or wish to raise procedural issues.

Public Hearing

The Public Hearing dates will be confirmed at the Directions Hearing. A timetable for the Hearing will be produced after the Directions Hearing.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Hearing is open for anyone to attend.


The Advisory Committee is required to submit its written recommendations to the Minister for Planning as soon as practicable but no later than 30 business days from the completion of its Public Hearing

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 may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the submission, such as 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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More information

For information on the draft Framework Plan or associated planning scheme amendments, please contact:

Statutory Planning Services, DELWP
Phone: (03) 8392 5434
Email: laura.miles@delwp.vic.gov.au

For information on the Advisory Committee and Public Hearing Process, please contact:

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