Tomorrow, 22 June 2010, Protectors of Public Lands Victoria (PPL Vic), the Green Wedges Coalition and Planning Backlash will hold a protest rally at 12.45 for a 1pm start on the steps of Parliament to say ‘No’ to VC67 Planning Amendment.
It is expected that tomorrow afternoon Planning Minister Justin Madden will put a resolution to the Upper House for ratification of VC 67 Planning Amendment, to approve extension of Melbourne’s urban growth boundary. This will involve the alienation of Green Wedges.
See VC 67 planning amendment and maps showing the new Urban Growth Boundary and affected shires here.
The PPL Vic says
“In order to action his planning blueprint for ‘Melbourne @5 million’ Premier Brumby has to find land for another 284, 000 new homes in the next 20 years to cope with the Government generated population boom. The State Government is determined to extend the Urban Growth Boundary to facilitate rezoning vast areas of rural land as residential and with this end in mind proposes to amend the Melbourne Planning Scheme. Planning Minister Madden has refused to look at vacant land or brown field sites within the existing UGB. Additionally he has refused to adopt any measures to deter developers from “land banking.” He has broken the promises made by former Premier Bracks that the UGB would never be changed nor would Green Wedges be alienated or touched..
There is a major community revolt over extension of the Urban Growth Boundary which will signify growth of urban sprawl, destruction of Green Wedges and decimation of arable food producing land. Plus there is community fury over the well hidden, previously unpublicised provisions of Clause 12 of the Planning Amendment. These spell high rise residential development along tram, bus and light rail transport corridors plus around train stations and the go-ahead for the E6 freeway reservation. These will change the face of Melbourne forever and destroy our rural surrounds. The rally will ask the Greens, Coalition and DLP member to vote ‘no’ to VC 67..
We vigorously oppose… growth areas on the fringe of Melbourne outside the existing boundaries…(it will) destroy the environment and wildlife; result in loss of biodiversity; and loss of arable land for food production. This will inevitably increase car dependency; worsen Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change with land clearance, unsustainable housing and reliance on road transport..
Concealed in a clause in this planning amendment is provision to allow high rise residential development along tram, bus and light rail routes.. This will see the evolution of concrete corridors with heat islands, wind tunnel effects and put neighbourhoods at risk of flash flooding with impermeable street surfaces. Where are the open spaces and parks for rest and recreation as advocated in the Government’s much publicised ‘Healthy Parks Healthy People’ doctrine? The Sunday Age has revealed serious health risks to people living 500 m within major roads, including asthma in children. Hence the Government will be putting at risk the health of a large section of the community.”
“Recently The Age, with the help of city leaders and planning experts, identified enough land in Melbourne to accommodate the extra 600,000 homes that Madden insists we must make space for in the next 20 years. The land was not outside the existing growth boundary, it was inside: unused Crown land, opportunities along tram lines, tracts of inner-city land, space at Docklands, old council depots and railyards.”
For more info contact: Julianne Bell Mobile 0408 022 408 Brian Walters SC Mobile 0411 020 967
What are the OTHER options? Are taxpayers to see the discussion papers??