VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews last week joined Minister for Planning Richard Wynne and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio alongside Wurundjeri Tribe elders on the riverbank to unveil the Yarra River Action Plan.
The Yarra River Action Plan includes the creation of the Birrarung Council, which will provide independent advice to the government and comprise Traditional Owners and representatives from environmental, farming and community bodies.
The government is also strengthening protections against inappropriate development along the Yarra, with controls set to replace inconsistent planning overlays that differ from municipality to municipality.
The new controls will create tougher rules that protect overshadowing of the river and its banks, height restrictions of new developments and minimum setbacks to protect the river and its banks.
The Yarra River Action Plan follows recommendations made by the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee, which considered 170 written submissions and had nearly 300 face-to-face conversations to set out a plan to protect the Yarra for decades to come.
More information is available from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at <https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/yarra-river-protection>.