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Planning protection for the Macedon Ranges, or opening the floodgates?

The Labor State Government’s claims that it is delivering “planning protection for the Macedon Ranges” could not be further from the truth.

In proceeding to pass the Distinctive Areas & Landscapes Bill this week without the incorporation of the amendments moved by Shadow Minister for Planning David Davis MP, Labor and the Greens have lessened the protection for distinctive areas like the Macedon Ranges.

With the bill now passed, the community needs to be vigilant that the Labor Minister can at any time move to implement its flawed Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement – the draft of which saw massive community outrage when released late last year.

Labor’s draft Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement included increased town boundaries for many Macedon Ranges towns – taking the boundaries well beyond the growth already planned under the existing town structure plans developed by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council in conjunction with the community.

Most concerningly Labor’s LPS fails to even disclose its intentions for the size of Gisborne and Romsey – furtively concealing this level of detail until after the election.

Far from being “planning protection”, Labor’s proposals open the door to suburban-style development on an unprecedented scale in the Macedon Ranges, and the community should not be fooled by the Labor’s spin.

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Macedon, Amanda Millar:

“The Liberals agree with the principle that the Macedon Ranges deserves to be recognised as a unique area worthy of planning protection as per the protections implemented under Premier Dick Hamer in 1975 in the Statement of Planning Policy No 8.”

“This bill passed by Labor and the Greens without the Liberal’s proposed amendments leaves the Macedon Ranges less protected than it has been previously.”

“The community should not believe the Labor spin that this is “planning protection” for the Macedon Ranges. Labor’s proposals pave the way for suburban-style development on an unprecedented scale in the Macedon Ranges.”

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