A Plan for Victoria - a Voice for the East

Published on 13 May 2024

Drone photo of Maroondah

The Victorian Government is developing a new Plan for Victoria to set into action what the state will look like over the coming decades.

It will focus on delivering more homes near transport, job opportunities and essential services in vibrant, sustainable neighbourhoods.

As a member of the Eastern Region Group of Councils, Council is advocating to the Victorian Government on behalf of the Eastern region about priorities for our region, including:

  • Community access and productivity, with increased sustainable transport options to reduce car dependency
  • Infrastructure to support sustainable growth, such as drainage, recreation, social and community infrastructure, while protecting amenity and the environment
  • Protecting our region’s natural assets, such as quality open space and the urban tree canopy, to build climate and community resilience
  • Managing housing growth, to deliver diverse and affordable housing.

Council’s advocacy includes preparing a response based on community feedback received during our recent pop-ups and community survey. 

The Eastern Region Group of Councils (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges) will submit this response to the Victorian Government on behalf of the East, to ensure that residents in the Eastern region have their voices heard.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Kylie Spears, encouraged community members to support this advocacy by providing their feedback to the Victorian Government.

“Over the past two decades, Council has worked hard to maintain a careful, sustainable balance between urban convenience, the needs of our community and Maroondah’s much-loved leafy greenness - something that we know is important to our community.

“While long-term planning is important, the Plan for Victoria is focusing on Victoria overall. Without our local lens and careful planning, the Plan could alter some of the planning controls that allow the City of Maroondah to have its unique character,” Cr Spears said.

“Thank you to those who have already provided their feedback directly to Council. But if you live, work or play in Maroondah, there is still time for you to have your say. I strongly encourage you to complete the Victorian Government survey on the Engage Victoria website.

“With your support, we can strive to ensure that the Plan for Victoria reflects what you love most about Maroondah and the views and needs of our region, to ensure it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.”

You can stay up to date with Council’s advocacy via the Your Say Maroondah website.

You can find out more or share your feedback via the Victorian Government Engage Victoria website.

Statewide consultation closes on Sunday 30 June.