Amendment C103

Former TAFE Site, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood

At its November 2010 meeting, Council adopted Amendment C103 to the Yarra Planning Scheme. The Amendment was approved by the Minister for Planning and gazetted in March 2011.

The Amendment rezones the former Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) site at 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, from a Public Use Zone 2 (Education) to a Mixed Use Zone, apply built form controls to the site (Design and Development Overlay), and apply an Environmental Audit Overlay.

Documents supporting the Amendment can be viewed here:

pdf format Public Notice.pdf (15.98kB)
pdf format Explanatory Report.pdf (29.38kB)
pdf format List of Changes.pdf (11.88kB) 
pdf format Instruction Sheet.pdf (9.72kB)

pdf format List of Amendments.pdf (11.54kB)
pdf format Zoning Map.pdf (41.69kB)
pdf format Environmental Audit Overlay Map.pdf (41.89kB)
pdf format Design and Development Overlay Map.pdf (41.72kB)
pdf format Design and Development Overlay Remove Map.pdf (41.93kB)

Council adopted a revised Design and Development Overlay:

pdf format Amendment C103 Design & Development Overlay (187.13kB)


The former NMIT site at 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood has been vacant for a number of years. The Department of Industry Innovation and Regional Development (DIIRD) declared the site surplus to its needs, and requested that it be rezoned so that it could be used for purposes other than a TAFE.

Council sought community feedback on the Amendment in April 2009. All submissions received about the Amendment were referred to an independent panel, which produced its report in November 2009. In its report, the panel recommended a number of changes to the Design and Development Overlay which Council took into consideration.

The panel report can be viewed here:

pdf format Amendment C103 Panel Report.pdf (259.46kB)

In early May 2010, it was announced that Circus Oz had received $3 million in funding from the Brumby State Government to undertake preliminary engineering and design works with a view to relocating the circus’s headquarters to the site.

In October 2010, the Brumby State Government announced that it would contribute a further $10 million in funding, plus a 25 year peppercorn lease agreement for the relevant part of the site, should it be re-elected at the next election.

In late November, Council wrote to the then-State Opposition Leader Ted Ballieu urging him to commit to supporting the establishment of the new Circus Oz headquarters at NMIT, so that the success of this proposal was not dependent on the outcome of the State election.


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