The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a crucial next step in the permanent protection of the iconic Macedon Ranges.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne was at Blackhill Reserve, near the beautiful town of Kyneton today to officially announce the final Statement of Planning Policy – a 50-year vision and strategy which provides unprecedented protection against inappropriate development in the Macedon Ranges.
The Macedon Ranges Shire has already been declared as Distinctive Areas and Landscapes under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to protect the region from over development and urban sprawl.
The final Statement of Planning Policy specifies protected settlement boundaries for the townships of Kyneton, Lancefield, Riddells Creek and Woodend that require parliamentary approval to change.
There is more work required to finalise the settlement boundaries for the townships of Gisborne and Romsey.
This important next step has been made in partnership with Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Traditional Owner Groups of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woiwurrung.
It also follows extensive consultation with the local community and delivers on the Labor Government’s election commitment to protect the Macedon Ranges region for current and future generations.
The Government will now work closely with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Traditional Owners and responsible public entities to implement the 50-year vision and strategy to protect and conserve the iconic and historic Macedon Ranges.
To read the final Statement, visit: planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/distinctive-areas-and-landscapes.
For more information on the Macedon Ranges Distinctive Area and Landscape declaration visit: engage.vic.gov.au/macedon-ranges-localised-planning-statement.
As stated by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“The Macedon Ranges is beautiful and unique – and now has some of the strongest planning protections in place to make sure it stays that way.”
“We’re protecting Macedon Ranges treasured natural landscapes while encouraging development in the appropriate areas to ensure townships grow sustainably.”
As noted by Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“I’m delighted our beautiful and environmentally sensitive region is getting the protections it deserves and that we have delivered on our commitment to the people of the Macedon Ranges.”