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Chapel Lane: it’s amateur hour..

Chapel Lane: it’s amateur hour..

he violation of the green wedge at Chapel Lane, Doreen continues, despite Nillumbik councillors unanimously agreeing that the fill dumping there is ‘illegal’. How can that be? This is a bad news story which has implications beyond the fill dumping...

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Zone abuse: Clarke faction does it again

Zone abuse: Clarke faction does it again

The story so far: Council receives an application for a permit to build a 150 seat restaurant at 103 Bannons Lane, Yarrambat. Council officers produce a recommendation that it should proceed. We previously wrote about this here. Cr Brooker ‘calls it in’ for...

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Nillumbik Council agrees on failure..

In a rare moment of unanimity, last week all seven Nillumbik Councillors agreed that the Council had failed on Chapel Lane. You’ll recall we covered  that continuing disaster in a previous newsletter, No need for a permit: Dump it in the Nillumbik Green Wedge.  Brief...

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The Economy of Nillumbik

With the Corona virus first and foremost in our minds everything else seem less important, but that does not mean other things are not still important, and of course many of us now have more time to think about them. The Nillumbik Council has published a ‘Draft...

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An important election year in Nillumbik

An important election year in Nillumbik

Council elections are held every four years in Victoria, and 2020 is an election year. They are due in October, by which time we hope and expect the Covid-19 crisis will have passed. There’s a lot at stake this year in Nillumbik. 2016 saw the emergence of  lobby group...

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GWMP Adopted, no cigar..

Nillumbik’s first GWMP was adopted in 2010 and was intended to serve as a basis until 2025. For reasons never explained the current Nillumbik Council decided to prepare a replacement, which after a year-long project was formally adopted by Council at its November...

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An important election year in Nillumbik

Council v Nillumbik

Now that community comments on the draft Green Wedge Management Plan have been made and heard by Council we’re waiting to find out what the Council will decide to do with it. After such an extensive and public project to get us to this point, what has been achieved?...

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A Wynne for the Green Wedge

Remember Manningham’s C117? This was the Planning Scheme amendment proposed by the Council containing a revised clause 21.07, aiming to facilitate more tourist development in the Rural Conservation zone. Poorly drafted, inimical to the green wedge and facing solid...

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A plan that threatens our green wedge

After an extensive program of community consultation the Nillumbik Council has produced a draft replacement green wedge management plan (GWMP) for the Shire. Serious reservations have been expressed about this document, notably that it doesn’t actually reflect the...

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Manningham rejects Planning Panel report

Manningham rejects Planning Panel report

“C117 was a threat to the green wedge. The Planning Panel did a first class job of identifying its problems and flaws. The officers’ report continues to push it, in a wordy document the intent of which is clear but the arguments not. We will find out at the next...

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Manningham persists with C117

We previously reported that the C117 Planning Panel properly supported the essential purposes of the green wedge in its treatment of the threat posed by Manningham Council’s amendment. The Panel rejected the problematic part of the amendment, namely the revised MSS,...

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Council Contemplates Panel Recommendations

Council Contemplates Panel Recommendations

The GWMP Community Panel delivered its recommendations to Council at the November meeting of Council, on 27/11.  The report containing the recommendations was presented by Panel members Yolanda Silveri and Wayne Kinrade. In receiving the recommendations the...

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C117 Panel Report Stuns!

The C117 Planning Panel’s report  has been released by the Manningham Council. It turns out to be a major win for community involvement and for the values of the green wedge in the face of the usual commercial pressures. It is also evidence that the system can work as...

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Community Panel Supports the Green Wedge

The Nillumbik Council has put a significant community focus on its refresh of its Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP). Following an extensive series of informal and formal community meetings the culmination was the employment  of a ‘community panel’ in a process called...

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C117: Magical Mystery Tour

Planning Panels Victoria conducted its hearing on C117 over three days from October 10th. Warrandyte was there in force, with six submitters, including four associated with the WCA. The WCA was also represented by resident barrister and friend of the green wedge,...

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Community Panel attacked by councillor’s lobby group

The 43 Nillumbik residents selected to serve on the ‘Community Panel’ first got together  on the evening of August 9, tasked with addressing the  question:  “What is the best way for us to manage Nillumbik’s Green Wedge now and in the future?” In other words, to...

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Whose PALS are they?

Whose PALS are they?

PALS, for Pro Active LandownerS, is a Facebook group which was ‘set up by a local landowner Karen Egan, which originated from the lack of representation of landowners within the council of Nillumbik’ These people are not shy in putting themselves forward. Recently a...

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The Cluster Amendment is on the way..

We wrote in May about Manningham Council’s C117, a proposed amendment to the Manningham planning scheme, in Tourist Clusters in the Green Wedge? At that time the amendment was in the ‘Exhibition’ stage, that is the proposal was open for community comment. Council has...

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Who cares about small lots?

Who cares about small lots?

The State and Local Planning Schemes specify the minimum lot size allowed in subdivisions in the Green Wedge. This minimum size is dependent upon zone, and in Nillumbik the predominant zone is Rural Conservation Zone, either RCZ3, minimum size 8 ha, or RCZ4 or RCZ5,...

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Brochure available for sharing…

Brochure available for sharing…

We know you want to spread the word about the value of our Green Wedge, particularly these days when it seems that it’s under more threat than usual. That’s why we have produced a brochure for you to share. Have a look, we think you'll like it. You can print it out,...

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GWMP Review: Backgrounder

GWMP Review: Backgrounder

The Green Wedge is protected by a legal framework that starts with the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and includes the Victoria Planning Provisions and also local planning schemes. All development takes place within this framework. Municipal...

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