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Get involved in planning Melbourne’s future

15 October 2013

Yarra residents are strongly encouraged to have their say on the State Government’s draft 40-year ‘Plan Melbourne’ for accommodating growth in Melbourne.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky said Plan Melbourne, otherwise known as the Metropolitan Planning Strategy, would be the key planning document for Melbourne used by the Victorian Government and local Councils.

“This plan is expected to provide a foundation for future planning decisions concerning housing, employment, infrastructure and the environment in Melbourne,” she said.

“This is the plan that sets out how Melbourne is expected to accommodate an increase to 6.5 million residents over the next 40 years.”         

Public feedback on Plan Melbourne is being sought by the Victorian Government until Friday 6 December. Residents and other community groups can provide feedback to Council and/or lodge their own submissions by this date.

Cr Fristacky said Yarra would hold a public information session at Richmond Town Hall on Thursday 14 November  to help people understand the implications of the plan.

“While this draft plan looks at Melbourne’s broader capacity to accommodate change and growth, Yarra is expected to play its role in accommodating new residents and the infrastructure to service them,” she said.

“A feature of the draft plan outlined by the Victorian Government is for higher density development along rail lines.

"Indeed, Plan Melbourne specifically identifies three areas in Yarra as urban renewal locations: around Richmond Station, East Richmond Station – Cremorne, and North Richmond to Victoria Park Station.  
"This would mean an increased number of higher rise buildings clustered in these areas in Yarra.    

“Council will be providing a detailed submission on the plan to the State Government to include heritage and other protections of local amenity together with improved public transport infrastructure and services, but we’re urging everyone with an interest in the long term vision for growth in Melbourne to make their own submission and ensure their voice is heard.

“If you still don’t know much about it, then I urge you to attend the meeting at Richmond Town Hall on 14 November and find out more.”

To read the draft plan in full, visit the Plan Melbourne website

You can find out what you need to make a submission on this page.

Council Information Session on Plan Melbourne

When: Thursday 14 November 2013
Where: Richmond Town Hall (Meeting Rooms 1,2,3)
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
RSVP: By email to or via post to Yarra City Council, C/O Liz Brant, Po Box 168, Richmond VIC 3121

Further information
Toby Walker
Acting Coordinator - Communications
9205 5120




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