The Friends of Merri Creek monitor and advocate regarding inappropriate development proposals and campaign to retain or establish public land frontage and a continuous pathway along the creek. FOMC make submissions to government inquiries, strategies and consultation processes.
Recently Friends have made submissions on the following:
Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan
Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs), prepared by the Victorian Planning Authority, set out the long-term vision and framework for urban development of new suburbs. They are incorporated into municipal planning schemes via an amendment process. The Beveridge North West PSP, which covers 1250 hectares in the upper Merri catchment in Mitchell Shire, was first exhibited in 2019. FoMC made a submission to the VPA, then the detailed presentation below to a Planning Panel hearing in 2020 with assistance from Mark Bachmann of Nature Glenelg Trust. The PSP has since been revised to incorporate the Panel’s recommendations (some of which supported FoMC’s presentation), and FoMC made a follow-up submission in 2022, also below. The process continues with a Ministerial Advisory Committee holding hearings on the revised PSP later in 2022.
Submission to Planning Panel - Amendment C106 Mitchell Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan
Comments on the revised PSP(C158mith)
38 Harrison Street, Brunswick East
A planning permit application was advertised in 2021 for six three-storey townhouses plus a two-storey townhouse around an historic cottage on a property backing onto the Merri Creek parklands. FoMC lodged an objection (below), and subsequently had a meeting with the developers. Revised plans were advertised late in 2021, and FoMC made a supplementary submission (below) that reiterated our concerns about impacts on the amenity of the parklands.
Objection to development proposal
Other Recent Submissions
Submission to Legislative Council Environment & Planning Committee Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria. August 2020
Inquiry into environmental infrastructure for growing populations. September 2020