Greater Geelong Council has released the draft Avalon Corridor
Strategy for community feedback.
The strategy is a land use framework developed in
partnership with Wyndham City Council and in collaboration with Victorian
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The Strategy was developed in response to a Plan Melbourne
2017-2050 direction to maintain a ‘green break’ between Geelong and Melbourne.
It also aligns with similar objectives under Greater
Geelong’s Settlement Strategy 2020 and the G21 Regional Growth Plan.
The strategy covers a range of themes including the
environment, cultural heritage, movement and access, flooding and drainage, and
economics and employment.
It will guide land use decision making in the Avalon
Corridor, such as the location and extent of future development.
Once finalised, it will be incorporated into both the
Greater Geelong and Wyndham Planning Schemes via a planning scheme amendment.
The draft strategy, developed with feedback provided by the
community in November 2016, also sets out further work to be undertaken in the
Future work includes detailed structure planning work for
the proposed Avalon Employment Precinct and further assessments of potential
impacts on cultural heritage and environmental values.
Greater Geelong Council is requesting that development of
the Precinct Structure Plan for the Avalon Employment Precinct is led by the
Victorian Planning Authority – a first for Greater Geelong.
Councillor Anthony Aitken
This strategy has been 30 years in the making since the former Shire of Corio released the first ever economic development plan for the Avalon area in 1991.
I am extremely proud to be part of a council which is protecting the ‘green break’ between Geelong and Melbourne, recognising the significant environmental and cultural assets that exist, while also establishing the framework for investment to turn this area into the economic engine room for future jobs for Geelong and Werribee.
Councillor Kylie Grzybek - Windermere ward
This incredibly important document has been a long time coming.
The Avalon Corridor is where the jobs of the future are going to be for the Greater Geelong and Wyndham regions and we need to get this right.
We want the views of the community, stakeholders and potential investors, as the strategy covers cultural and environmental values, employment opportunities, port and rail proposals and much more.
Councillor Adele Hegedich - Wyndham City Mayor
The Avalon Corridor is an important tract of land and it needs to be protected. It has some amazing environmental assets including the coastline. We don’t want urban sprawl to ruin what is an important green break between our cities.
At the same time, there are opportunities for targeted growth and economic benefits for Wyndham residents, including jobs.
We certainly welcome residents’ feedback on this strategy.