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Victorian Government to implement second stage of planning rules for Melbourne's rivers

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced the implementation of the second stage of planning rules designed to protect Melbourne's major river corridors from development, with new planning controls expected to provide protection to parts of both the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.

According to Mr Guy, local planning controls along the Yarra River between Warrandyte and Burke Road in Ivanhoe will be introduced in partnership with Banyule City Council, Manningham City Council and the Shire of Nillumbik to ensure that development does not adversely impact upon the Yarra River.

"For the first time in its history, the Yarra River from Camberwell to Warrandyte will be comprehensively reviewed and planning controls strengthened to further protect our iconic river," Mr Guy said earlier this month.

The second stage of planning rules follows the introduction of Amendment VC96, which was gazetted by the Victorian Government in October last year. The amendment strengthened planning controls along the Yarra River corridor in the City of Boroondara by making a number of changes to the Boroondara Planning Scheme, including the introduction of mandatory height limits and controls relating to site coverage, vegetation removal and drainage.

Amendment VC96 also introduced changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by updating the State Planning Policy Framework to protect and enhance the significant river corridors of metropolitan Melbourne.

In addition to the new controls for the Yarra River, Mr Guy also said that selected areas along the Maribyrnong River have been identified for site specific height and setback controls. A review to be undertaken in partnership with Melbourne Water is expected to result in the introduction of new controls to protect the river banks from inappropriate development.

"The Coalition Government is committed to preserving the environmental, cultural and recreational values of both the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers. We will continue to work with local councils and Melbourne Water to deliver consistent planning controls to protect both rivers," Mr Guy said.

In October last year, the Victorian Government released the 'A Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay' plan, which coordinated $1 billion worth of works over five years for the state's waterways to improve the health of the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.

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