Yarra Ranges Shire Council

12/05/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/04/2023 17:19

Planning Scheme Amendment Approved

Published on 05 December 2023

The Planning Scheme Amendment for the southern network of the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination has been given the green light from the Planning Minister as the project moves closer to construction starting.

The next phase of the project is to complete and submit several plans to the Minister as part of the secondary approvals process, that include:

  • Construction Environment Management Plan
  • Operational Environment Management Plan
  • Emergency Management Plan and a
  • Native Vegetation Offset plan.

Deputy Mayor David Eastham said this is a long-awaited step in the planning process as we move towards making the WMBD project a reality.

"These additional plans will provide information on how these issues are to be managed not just during construction but afterwards to protect our environment, look after our community regarding bushfires and provide an economic boost in a well-managed way for our municipality," said Cr Eastham.

"This project has been something Council has been working on for many years and, with the support of our funding partners in both State and Federal government, we are working towards starting construction in 2024.

"This part of the project will consist of 52 new and upgraded mountain bike trails, totalling approximately 100 kilometres, providing varying lengths and levels of difficulty. The northern section of the project will be progressed as a separate Planning Scheme Amendment in the future as we continue to work with affected landowners around any issues and concerns.

"We look forward to reaching the next milestone as we progress this important project," said Cr Eastham.