Sunbury a boundary ‘winner’

ONLY three of the eight Hume areas reviewed by a state government-appointed panel have been recommended for inclusion within the new urban growth boundary (UGB).

The logical inclusions advisory committee report, now with Planning Minister Matthew Guy, was completed last November.

The report, which has been seen by the Weekly, reviewed possible inclusions within Victoria’s new UGB stemming from a review of the 2009 boundary changes.

It focuses on the areas of Hume, Wyndham, Melton, Whittlesea, Mitchell, Casey and Cardinia.

For Hume, three areas were recommended to be partly or fully included in the UGB.

The first is the area bounded by Yuroke, Greenvale and Oaklands Junction, which was partly included.

The land south of Dunhelen Lane, Greenvale, was included, but parts will remain farming zone.

A 16-hectare section near Somerton Road has been included.

The second area is around Mount Ridley Road, Mickleham.

The report recommended it should be included in the UGB, but it favoured farming-zone status for the western section and a rural living zone, incorporating relevant provisions of the existing green wedge A zone for the eastern section.

The third area included in the UGB is 25 hectares to the south of Reservoir Road, Sunbury.

The committee recommended that areas surrounding Melbourne Airport be kept as green wedge zones, but this could be reviewed at a later date.

The report noted that the Melbourne Airport provided a boundary between Melbourne and Sunbury, and a “holistic approach” would be needed before any planning changes were made.

The committee ruled against a Hume Council submission to include in the UGB the area to the south of Sunbury heading towards Diggers Rest.

The committee said it didn’t agree with the council’s approach to have extra land included within the UGB.

Green wedge supporter and Sunbury resident Trevor Dance welcomed the report in reference to Sunbury.

“We’re happy that the submissions and presentations that I and others made have been listened to.

“The council is out of step with what residents want and the report shows that,” Mr Dance said.

“It’s good to see the airport is protected and the green wedge zones are also protected with no increase to the UGB around Sunbury other than a few hectares south of Reservoir Road.

“The report is a win for Sunbury residents and parts of Hume with farming and green wedge zones to remain in many places.

“The only issue is that this process needs to be redone on a biennial review basis.”

A state government spokeswoman did not respond to the Weekly’s calls for comment before deadline.