Update - 18/11/2020

The Directions Hearing for this matter was held by video conference using Microsoft Teams at 10.00am on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

The Hearing for this matter will proceed by video conference using Microsoft Teams in the week commencing Monday 18 January 2021. The Advisory Committee has released an updated Hearing Timetable (version 2) on 18 November 2020. For more information please see below.

Introduction

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has prepared an updated (2020) consultation draft of the Yarra River - Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan. The draft plan recommends future land uses and connections for a section of the Yarra River encompassing parts of Bulleen, Heidelberg and Lower Templestowe.

While the 2020 consultation draft is largely the same as the 2019 draft, important updates have been made to reflect the impacts and status of the North East Link, amended plans for the Yarra Valley Country Club site and the findings of the Bulleen-Banyule Flats Cultural Values Study undertaken by the Traditional Owners for the study area - the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people.

Consistent with the 2019 draft, the 2020 consultation draft recommends:

  • a continuous open space connection on the eastern (Manningham) side of the river
  • new pedestrian and cycling links, 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 activity 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, ecological connections and revegetation
  • investigation of road network and access improvements, including the widening of Templestowe Road.

An updated draft Planning Scheme Amendment to the Manningham Planning Scheme (C125mann) and Development Plan for private development at the Yarra Valley Country Club has also been prepared and referred to the Committee.

Yarra River - Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning has appointed an Advisory Committee to provide strategic and statutory planning advice on the draft Framework Plan and associated draft Planning Scheme Amendment. The work of the Advisory Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference (and the two later Addendums to the Terms), which you can find in the Document Library 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 appearing at a Hearing.

Draft Land Use Framework Plan

Proposed Planning Scheme Amendment

Advisory Committee Process

May – June 2019 Exhibition and Submissions

In May 2019, an invitation was extended for the public to make a submission to the Advisory Committee over a 20 day business period on any or all parts of the 2019 draft Framework Plan and Planning Scheme Amendments. Submissions closed on Friday 7 June 2019.

August - September 2020 Exhibition and Submissions

The updated 2020 consultation draft Framework Plan and updated draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Development Plan for the Yarra Valley Country Club were on public exhibition for 20 business days between Monday 31 August and 5.00pm on Friday 25 September 2020.

View the submissions

You can view the submissions received in 2019 and 2020 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 Advisory Committee held a Directions Hearing by video conference using Microsoft Teams at 10.00am on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

Public Hearing

Given the physical distancing restrictions, the Advisory Committee Hearing is not able to be conducted in person.

The Hearing will be conducted by video conference using Microsoft Teams in the week commencing Monday 18 January 2021 and will run for 20 days until Monday 1 March 2021.

The timetable for the Hearing (version 3) can be found here.

Parties to the Hearing have been contacted by Planning Panels Victoria regarding these arrangements.

The Advisory Committee will hear this matter in an open forum. To observe proceedings, you can access the each day of the Public Hearing using the following link:

When viewing the Public Hearing, please note:

  • The Microsoft Teams link will open in a web browser, so you do not need to install the Microsoft Teams application.
  • When joining a video Hearing you will be asked to enter your name.
  • You need to ensure your camera is turned off and your microphone is on mute (you will know they are off when a line appears through them).

As with in-person hearings, please be advised that the Public Hearing must not be recorded in any part or in any way without permission from the Advisory Committee. This includes audio and video recording.

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 watch.

Report

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.

Privacy and Intellectual Property

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

This Privacy Collection Statement relates to all submissions collected in relation to the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee (“the Advisory Committee”). Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) is providing administrative services to the Advisory Committee.

PPV is part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and submissions will be managed in accordance with the Department’s Information Privacy Policy. The Department’s Information Privacy Policy is online at https://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/doing-business-with-us/information-privacy.

Use of your submission

Your submission has been collected by the Advisory Committee for the purpose of helping to develop its advice to the Minister for Planning in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

Natural justice to participants and transparency are important parts of the Advisory Committee process. In meeting its legislative requirements and complying with the Terms of Reference, the Advisory Committee may do the following with your submission:

  • Publish a copy of your submission, in its entirety, on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website as required
  • The name of the submitter
  • The submitter’s name and address as required.
  • Provide a copy of your submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Local Councils, Government Agencies and other parties (submitters) to the process
  • Provide a copy of your personal contact details to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning if needed for notification of Ministerial decisions
  • Display a copy of your submission in the Planning Panels Victoria Office
  • Display a copy of your submission at relevant Local Council, Local Library or Government Offices as appropriate
  • If a Public Hearing is to be held, display a copy of your submission in the Hearing room.

Publication of your personal information on the Internet

The Advisory Committee Report will be published on the internet and may include:

  • The name of the submitter
  • The submitter’s name and address as required.
  • Direct quotes from some of the submission

Planning Panels Victoria will remove your submission from the web pages that it controls within three months after the Advisory Committee has reported. Planning Panels Victoria cannot guarantee that your submission will be removed from external web pages outside its control.

Hearing of submissions

If a Hearing is required it may be held face to face, via telephone conference or via video link or a combination of these. You should be aware the Advisory Committee may:

  • broadcast submissions and proceedings live on the internet
  • record submissions and proceedings
  • make the recording available on request to submitters and parties to the Hearing and third parties
  • publish the recording on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website
  • use your phone contact details to contact you during a telephone/video hearing as is necessary.

The Advisory Committee will direct that parties do not record online hearings or use them for any other purpose. However, the Advisory Committee is unable to guarantee that third parties will not be recording online Hearings, and the use of any such recordings outside the hearing context cannot be regulated by the Advisory Committee.

All participants are reminded that during the Advisory Committee process, the privacy of others should be respected and to refrain from the defamation of others.

After the Inquiry and Advisory Committee has reported

After the Advisory Committee has reported to the Minister for Planning your submission will be removed from all public display within three months.

Your original submission and any additional material provided to the Advisory Committee will be held at Planning Panels Victoria for two years and then sent to the Public Records Office of Victoria. All additional copies of the submission and other material held by Planning Panels Victoria will be securely destroyed.

If you have any concerns in respect to the way your personal information or submission will be used please contact Planning Panels Victoria on Planning.Panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

More information

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

Planning Implementation, DELWP
Phone: (03) 8683 0920
Email: planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au

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

Amy Selvaraj, Planning Panels Victoria
Phone: (03) 8624 5714
Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au