Protecting Melbourne's major rivers15 Oct 2012
New planning controls have been approved by Planning Minister Matthew Guy to protect the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers from encroachment and inappropriate development.
Amendment VC96 was gazetted on Monday 15 October and inserts the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers in the State Planning Policy Framework as the two key inland waterways of Melbourne and affords them state recognition and planning protection.
The amendment recognises the environmental, landscape character and cultural values of the rivers as well as their aesthetic, open space, recreation and tourism importance.
Tight planning controls have been introduced into the Boroondara Planning Scheme governing height, setbacks, sight coverage and vegetation removal along the Yarra River corridor.
Strategic planning work with the remaining local councils will commence shortly to provide lasting protection to Melbourne’s two iconic rivers and is expected to be finalised by mid 2013.Back to News