Green Wedge Management Plan Review

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Nillumbik Shire Council is asking the community to help it prepare a new Green Wedge Management Plan to guide the future of our iconic rural areas, the ‘Green Wedge’, which covers some 91 per cent of the Shire. We’re asking: ‘What is the best way for us to manage Nillumbik’s Green Wedge, now and in the future?’

Thank you to everyone in our community who shared their thoughts and experiences of the Green Wedge through the survey, community workshops, by sharing their stories and photos, and by popping in to our Coffee and Chat sessions.

Everything we heard through the community engagement phase has been summarised in a report that will be shared publicly and given to the Community Panel. The report is now available on this site.

The Community Panel is made up of 40 randomly selected members from the community. The panel will sit for five days from August to October to hear about and consider the many issues impacting the management of the Green Wedge. The panel will make recommendations to Council that will inform the preparation of a draft Green Wedge Management Plan. You can see some examples of other community panels / citizen juries under "Important Links" and "Document Library".

Expressions of Interest to observe Panel Day 5 on 20 October are now open. Please complete the form below to register your interest in attending.

Keep up to date with what's happening by checking the regular updates on "Latest News" below.

Further community consultation on the draft Green Wedge Management Plan will take place over a 3 month period from December 2018 until late March 2019. Council will consider submissions from the community, and the final plan will be presented to Council for adoption by June 2019.


Nillumbik Shire Council is asking the community to help it prepare a new Green Wedge Management Plan to guide the future of our iconic rural areas, the ‘Green Wedge’, which covers some 91 per cent of the Shire. We’re asking: ‘What is the best way for us to manage Nillumbik’s Green Wedge, now and in the future?’

Thank you to everyone in our community who shared their thoughts and experiences of the Green Wedge through the survey, community workshops, by sharing their stories and photos, and by popping in to our Coffee and Chat sessions.

Everything we heard through the community engagement phase has been summarised in a report that will be shared publicly and given to the Community Panel. The report is now available on this site.

The Community Panel is made up of 40 randomly selected members from the community. The panel will sit for five days from August to October to hear about and consider the many issues impacting the management of the Green Wedge. The panel will make recommendations to Council that will inform the preparation of a draft Green Wedge Management Plan. You can see some examples of other community panels / citizen juries under "Important Links" and "Document Library".

Expressions of Interest to observe Panel Day 5 on 20 October are now open. Please complete the form below to register your interest in attending.

Keep up to date with what's happening by checking the regular updates on "Latest News" below.

Further community consultation on the draft Green Wedge Management Plan will take place over a 3 month period from December 2018 until late March 2019. Council will consider submissions from the community, and the final plan will be presented to Council for adoption by June 2019.


  • Community Panel - Day 4

    2 days ago

    The fourth full-day meeting of the Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP) Community Panel took place on Saturday 13 October. Thirty-four members were in attendance to continued their deliberations to finalising their recommendations to Council as Council reviews its GWMP.

    After reviewing all the topics the Panel identified for consideration at the previous Panel session, and adding any missing ones, the Panel moved into small groups to begin working on their first draft of the recommendations. Each group took carriage of a topic to draft recommendations, taking into consideration all the information the Panel has heard and read and drawing on...

    The fourth full-day meeting of the Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP) Community Panel took place on Saturday 13 October. Thirty-four members were in attendance to continued their deliberations to finalising their recommendations to Council as Council reviews its GWMP.

    After reviewing all the topics the Panel identified for consideration at the previous Panel session, and adding any missing ones, the Panel moved into small groups to begin working on their first draft of the recommendations. Each group took carriage of a topic to draft recommendations, taking into consideration all the information the Panel has heard and read and drawing on their own experience of Nillumbik’s green wedge . This information included the guest speakers, the wider engagement report, the background report, and the existing GWMP. The focus of each recommendation was what outcome the Panel was seeking to achieve, rather than how it might be achieved.

    The Panel continued their deliberations in the afternoon by regrouping and reviewing the first draft of recommendations. Each Panel member reviewed every recommendation and considered their level of comfort with each one, and identified what, if anything, would make them more comfortable with the recommendation. This feedback was tallied up and presented back to the group. This gives the Panel a starting point for discussing, refining and rewriting their recommendations at their next meeting, this Saturday 20 October.

    At the commencement of the panel process, it was explained by the facilitators that a recommendation would only be put forwarded in the final report to Council if it had at least 80 per cent of panellists agreeing with it, which is why time is given to writing and re-writing the recommendations until they are as clear and satisfactory to the Panel as possible. Some recommendations may not meet the 80 per cent level of agreement but if panellists request it, can be presented to Council as a minority report, explaining clearly why Council should consider them even though they did not meet the voting threshold.

    Council has approved the Panel’s request for an extra day to complete their task, which has been scheduled for Saturday 17 November. Their final recommendations will be officially received by Council at their Council meeting on 27 November, and the Council response will be presented at the December Council meeting on 18 December. This change to the project timelines will result in the draft GWMP being prepared by Council over the summer, with the draft released for community feedback starting in March 2019.


  • Community Panel - Day 3

    about 1 month ago
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    Community Panel - Day 3

    Nillumbik’s Community Panel reviewing the Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP) met for their third full day session on Saturday, 15 September.

    Independent facilitators MosaicLab welcomed the 40-member Panel, and members of the community attended the panel meeting as observers.

    As well as working together to advance their thinking on the issues they are considering, the Panel heard from the following five speakers whom they had requested in previous sessions:

    • Anthony Calthorpe from Nillumbik Shire Council
    • George Apted from Apted Apples
    • Mike Ruzzene from Urban Enterprise
    • Cam Beardsell on Biodiversity
    • Craig Lapsley, former Emergency Management Commissioner

    ...

    Community Panel - Day 3

    Nillumbik’s Community Panel reviewing the Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP) met for their third full day session on Saturday, 15 September.

    Independent facilitators MosaicLab welcomed the 40-member Panel, and members of the community attended the panel meeting as observers.

    As well as working together to advance their thinking on the issues they are considering, the Panel heard from the following five speakers whom they had requested in previous sessions:

    • Anthony Calthorpe from Nillumbik Shire Council
    • George Apted from Apted Apples
    • Mike Ruzzene from Urban Enterprise
    • Cam Beardsell on Biodiversity
    • Craig Lapsley, former Emergency Management Commissioner

    MosaicLab reminded the Panel to use their critical thinking skills to draw out as much information as possible. The facilitator noted that this was the last time that the Panel would be receiving a significant volume of information ahead of moving into a more deliberative stage over the remaining panel sessions in preparing a report for Council recommending their vision, objectives and key actions to shape a new Green Wedge Management Plan.

    Anthony Calthorpe addressed the Panel on township planning and the Green Wedge. Mr Calthorpe explained that “people, place and community” are at the centre of Nillumbik’s planning. He described the role of structure plans, township plans and other strategies that inform the Nillumbik planning scheme. Mr Calthorpe explained the hierarchy of the planning scheme and the importance of focussing on a best fit planning scheme, and the strategies that underpin it based on a triple bottom line approach.

    George Apted spoke about the Apted family’s fifth-generation Nillumbik business. The family also operates orchards in Kinglake and vineyards in Strathewen. Mr Apted explained the challenges associated with a running an agribusiness which include the pressure of population growth, the impact of pests and feral animals, difficulties sourcing employees and pressures from government agencies around water rights. The Apted family remain committed to sustainable and state of the art farming practices. Mr Apted also spoke about agribusiness opportunities for the Nillumbik area such as cellar door operations.

    Economics consultant Mike Ruzzene provided an economic profile of the Nillumbik area and noted that agriculture and tourism are not currently economic drivers in the area. Home-based industries such as professional services and construction businesses service a broader market, however these industries are not significant employers. Mr Ruzzene noted that while there are 33,000 people in Nillumbik of working age there are 11,000 jobs within the Shire. He informed the Panel that there was limited job growth in Nillumbik in the last decade and employment numbers within the Shire were the lowest of any municipality in Melbourne. Mr Ruzzene talked about economic opportunities for Nillumbik in agri-tourism, farm stays, visitor accommodation, food and wine experiences, recreational and environmental tourism, cycle tourism, events and festivals such as open farm festivals. He noted that the planning zone limits the capacity for some types of tourism activity.

    Cam Beardsell spoke about the history of and his experiences with the Nillumbik Green Wedge from the early 1960s through to today. The 1970s saw a groundswell of community action around protecting the Green Wedge and that was followed by a series of community groups forming and a range of government agencies becoming involved. Cameron noted that the Kinglake National Park is a significant achievement emanating from Nillumbik’s Green Wedge. Other achievements include native vegetation and clearance controls as well as protection of the Yarra River and endangered species. Mr Beardsell believes Nillumbik is the best Council in Victoria for the work it has done in this area and commended Council officers for the extensive background report to support the review of the Green Wedge Management Plan. Mr Beardsell noted that Nillumbik has around 10 per cent of flora and fauna that is listed as rare within Victorian Rare or Threatened Species Advisory Lists.

    Craig Lapsley congratulated the group for coming together to discuss subjects that are complex, difficult and emotional. Mr Lapsley noted that over its 100 days of hearings, the Royal Commission into the Black Saturday Bushfires examined every aspect of bushfire prevention from land management, building, rebuilding, fuel management, climate systems, broad research and mental health issues. Mr Lapsley noted that, in his view, Victoria now has the best fire protection policies in the world. He explained the critical importance of fire intensity, fire rating systems, fire behaviour. Mr Lapsley concluded his presentation to the Panel by discussing the importance of ‘shared responsibility’ and the fundamental importance of community discussion on these topics.

    The Panel also spent time examining different perspectives on key issues, to build their understanding of why people hold these views, and discussing ideas that might have common ground. All Panel members are working hard to be prepared for more discussion on Day 4 in a month’s time.


  • Day 3 Speaker Presentations and Notes

    about 1 month ago

    Presentations and notes that were provided by Day 3 speakers have now been uploaded to the portal. Others will be uploaded when they are received.

    • Cam Beardsell - presentation (NB: the views stated are those of the speaker and not necessarily those of Parks Victoria)
    • Anthony Calthorpe - pending
    • Mike Ruzzene - pending

    Presentations and notes that were provided by Day 3 speakers have now been uploaded to the portal. Others will be uploaded when they are received.

    • Cam Beardsell - presentation (NB: the views stated are those of the speaker and not necessarily those of Parks Victoria)
    • Anthony Calthorpe - pending
    • Mike Ruzzene - pending

  • Draft Bushfire Mitigation Strategy

    about 1 month ago

    Nillumbik Shire Council is seeking public comment on its draft Bushfire Mitigation Strategy that defines how it will prepare for and respond to bushfire emergencies.

    The draft paper addresses the Shire’s vulnerability to bushfire and how the risks should be managed and mitigated. Specifically it addresses how Council meets its bushfire mitigation responsibilities.

    Submissions can be made until midnight on Wednesday 12th September 2018 via Participate Nillumbik.


    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is currently seeking community feedback to help it shape bushfire management strategies.

    You can learn more and give your feedback from 3 September...

    Nillumbik Shire Council is seeking public comment on its draft Bushfire Mitigation Strategy that defines how it will prepare for and respond to bushfire emergencies.

    The draft paper addresses the Shire’s vulnerability to bushfire and how the risks should be managed and mitigated. Specifically it addresses how Council meets its bushfire mitigation responsibilities.

    Submissions can be made until midnight on Wednesday 12th September 2018 via Participate Nillumbik.


    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is currently seeking community feedback to help it shape bushfire management strategies.

    You can learn more and give your feedback from 3 September to 1 October 2018: https://engage.vic.gov.au/bushfire-planning

    You can also consult the current East Central Strategic Bushfire Management Plan.


  • Day 2 Speaker Presentations and Notes

    about 1 month ago

    Presentations and notes that were provided by Day 2 speakers have now been uploaded.

    Ian Penrose - presentation

    Max Parsons - handout

    Penny Croucamp (DELWP) - presentation

    Kahn Franke - presentation notes




    Presentations and notes that were provided by Day 2 speakers have now been uploaded.

    Ian Penrose - presentation

    Max Parsons - handout

    Penny Croucamp (DELWP) - presentation

    Kahn Franke - presentation notes




  • Questions and Answers from Panel Day 1

    about 2 months ago

    On Day 1, the Panel heard from a range of speakers, including Council staff who had authored the Background Report and led the earlier community engagement program.

    At the session’s conclusion, the Panel was given the opportunity to consider what further information gaps they have as a group and what additional data they require.

    These requests for information were followed up by Council officers and the responses to the questions are provided in this document.


    On Day 1, the Panel heard from a range of speakers, including Council staff who had authored the Background Report and led the earlier community engagement program.

    At the session’s conclusion, the Panel was given the opportunity to consider what further information gaps they have as a group and what additional data they require.

    These requests for information were followed up by Council officers and the responses to the questions are provided in this document.


  • Community Panel - Day 2

    about 2 months ago
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    Community Panel – Day 2


    Day 2 of the Community Panel on Saturday, 1 September began with a closed discussion about the scope of the project and identification of issues that the Panel needs to focus on.

    The Community Panel had nominated speakers on Day 1 that they wanted to hear from and they all spoke to the Panel on Day 2. They included Michael Buxton, Max Parsons, Ian Penrose, Kahn Franke, Penny Croucamp and Michael Vermeulen. Observers from the community attended the various sessions throughout the day.

    RMIT Professor of Environment and Planning at the School ...

    Community Panel – Day 2


    Day 2 of the Community Panel on Saturday, 1 September began with a closed discussion about the scope of the project and identification of issues that the Panel needs to focus on.

    The Community Panel had nominated speakers on Day 1 that they wanted to hear from and they all spoke to the Panel on Day 2. They included Michael Buxton, Max Parsons, Ian Penrose, Kahn Franke, Penny Croucamp and Michael Vermeulen. Observers from the community attended the various sessions throughout the day.

    RMIT Professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Michael Buxton spoke about why green wedges were established and the challenges they face today in the context of strong population growth.

    Max Parsons, a licensed land surveyor who has lived in the Shire for 35 years and runs an alpaca farm in the municipality, gave his perspective as a landowner. He observed that the majority of Nillumbik’s Green Wedge is privately owned so any review of the GWMP needs to reflect that and landowners must be included and engaged in the process.

    The Community Panel then spent an hour asking questions of Mr Buxton and Mr Parsons.

    During the afternoon session, resident and former Yarra Riverkeeper Ian Penrose discussed how the Green Wedge provides ‘breathing space’ from our urban environment and expressed how nature is important to our wellbeing.

    He was followed by Kahn Franke, from The Green Wedge Coalition and Green Wedge Protection Group and CFA volunteer of 45 years, who detailed threats to Nillumbik’s Green Wedge and the community’s role in protecting it.

    Penny Croucamp from the Native Vegetation Management Team at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning gave a detailed presentation on the department’s policies and their application.

    The final speaker, CFA Community Liaison Officer Michael Vermeulen, explained his role to impart information to the community about the topography relating to bushfire, the consequences of bushfire and how to protect yourself and your property.

    The Community Panel then asked a variety of questions of the four afternoon speakers.

    At the day’s conclusion, the Panel considered what further information they require and other speakers they wish to hear from. Council officers are pursuing these requests.

    The Panel will meet again on 15 September (Day 3) and 13 October (Day 4) and 20 October 2018 (Day 5). Expressions of Interest to attend the Community Panel as an Observer are open until 10 September.

    Members of the Community Panel also participated in guided bus tours of the Green Wedge on 24 and 25 August or elected to conduct their own self-drive excursion ahead of the second full-day meeting of the Panel. You can find the map they followed here.


  • Community Panel - Day 1

    2 months ago
    Panel day 1b

    Nillumbik’s first Community Panel reviewing the Green Wedge Management Plan came together for their first full-day meeting on Saturday, 18 August.

    Independent facilitators MosiacLab welcomed the 40-member panel, and community members who observed proceedings.

    MosaicLab explained the importance of assessing information based on the principles of clarity, accuracy, relevance, depth, breadth and logic and to not be influenced by any one viewpoint. These principles will be relevant throughout the panel process.

    The Panel spent the day hearing from a range of speakers, including Council staff who had authored the Background Report and led the earlier community engagement program. The panel...

    Nillumbik’s first Community Panel reviewing the Green Wedge Management Plan came together for their first full-day meeting on Saturday, 18 August.

    Independent facilitators MosiacLab welcomed the 40-member panel, and community members who observed proceedings.

    MosaicLab explained the importance of assessing information based on the principles of clarity, accuracy, relevance, depth, breadth and logic and to not be influenced by any one viewpoint. These principles will be relevant throughout the panel process.

    The Panel spent the day hearing from a range of speakers, including Council staff who had authored the Background Report and led the earlier community engagement program. The panel had received the Background and Community Engagement reports at their meet and greet session the previous week.

    Council’s Senior Strategic Advisor Geoff Lawler PSM addressed the panel, drawing on his more than 30 years’ experience in planning. He gave an historical overview of the planning system in Melbourne, explaining the policy context of green wedges in Victoria and Nillumbik more specifically.

    Mr Lawler acknowledged and explained the special characteristics that make up the Nillumbik Green Wedge. He addressed the issue of future challenges for the Green Wedge particularly: planning rules, economic considerations including jobs growth and tourism; the environment and biodiversity, the community and social cohesion and population characteristics.

    Brett Ellis ESM, General Manager of Risk and Resilience with Emergency Management Victoria addressed the panel on the importance of Indigenous knowledge in the context of land management and fire prevention. Mr Ellis identified the characteristics of a resilient community as being: connections, respect, empowerment and wisdom.

    Later in the day, the panel broke into smaller groups for a “speed dialogue” during which they spoke to Councillors and Council staff. This session covered the broad themes of economic, social, regulatory, bushfire, the lived experience and environmental considerations.

    The panel also discussed the challenge of the verbatim comments from the Community Engagement, in particular the unsolicited submissions Council received and included. After much discussion the Panel put forth this statement:

    We, GWMP Review Panel, acknowledge that submissions were provided as part of the 'Community Engagement Report - Verbatim Responses' pack, despite no request for submissions by Council.

    We understand some groups may feel disadvantaged and are mindful of this.

    As we are a diverse range of Nillumbik residents we feel we represent the broader community.

    We understand the draft plan will be open to public comment upon completion.

    Thank you for your understanding.”

    At the session’s conclusion, the Panel was given the opportunity to consider what further information gaps they have as a group, what additional data they require and which other speakers they wish to hear from. These requests are now being followed up by Council officers.

    The Panel will continue to meet on the following dates: 1 and 15 September and 13 and 20 October 2018.

    Community members are welcome to attend a panel session as observers. Expressions of Interest for Days 3 and 4 (15 September and 13 October) will open on 3 September.

    It is important to remember, observers are able to observe the process but not the actual deliberations of the Panel. The Panel process is designed to allow members to work in groups but also to come together to read, listen, discuss, rank ideas. During these times, observers may not be able to hear what each group is saying.

    There will also be occasions where the panel will deliberate in a closed session during which Council staff and members of the public are not able to attend.

    Information updates about the panel process will be posted on Shire of Nillumbik’s Participate website and social media.

    The Panel’s recommendations will be presented to Council in October 2018. The recommendations will inform the development of the Draft Green Wedge Management Plan which Council will consider in November 2018. The Draft Green Wedge Management Plan will be released in December for final wider community engagement which is due to conclude in March 2019. It is anticipated Council will then consider a finalised plan in June 2019.


  • Community Panel statement regarding submissions

    2 months ago

    Nillumbik’s first Community Panel reviewing the Green Wedge Management Plan came together for their first full-day meeting on Saturday, 18 August 2018.

    At the prior Panel “Meet and Greet” session, Panel members received a background report and community engagement summary report to assist them in understanding the challenges and opportunities for the Green Wedge. They were also provided a link online for all the verbatim comments received during the 6-week long wider community engagement program.

    The panel spent time on Saturday discussing the challenge of the verbatim comments from the community engagement, in particular the six additional responses put forward...

    Nillumbik’s first Community Panel reviewing the Green Wedge Management Plan came together for their first full-day meeting on Saturday, 18 August 2018.

    At the prior Panel “Meet and Greet” session, Panel members received a background report and community engagement summary report to assist them in understanding the challenges and opportunities for the Green Wedge. They were also provided a link online for all the verbatim comments received during the 6-week long wider community engagement program.

    The panel spent time on Saturday discussing the challenge of the verbatim comments from the community engagement, in particular the six additional responses put forward by community groups and individuals. These six responses were detailed and therefore not analysed and incorporated in the summary report, however were made available as part of the verbatim data appendix.

    After much discussion the Panel chose to put forth this statement:

    “We, GWMP Review Panel, acknowledge that submissions were provided as part of the 'Community Engagement Report - Verbatim Responses' pack, despite no request for submissions by Council.

    We understand some groups may feel disadvantaged and are mindful of this.

    As we are a diverse range of Nillumbik residents we feel we represent the broader community.

    We understand the draft plan will be open to public comment upon completion.

    Thank you for your understanding.”


  • Community Panel - Meet and Greet

    2 months ago
    Panel listening low res

    Nillumbik’s first Community Panel met for the first time last night to begin the important process of reviewing our Green Wedge Management Plan.

    Here’s some of the reasons they gave for volunteering the 70 to 100 hours that this deliberative process will take:

    “If we don’t engage in the process we can’t complain about the result.”

    “I’m passionate about Nillumbik and I want to see it looked after.”

    “I don’t really know what Nillumbik’s Green Wedge is: I’m here to learn.”

    Mayor Peter Clarke, Councillors and independent facilitators, MosiacLab. welcomed the 40-member panel.

    In addressing the Panel, Cr Clarke said...

    Nillumbik’s first Community Panel met for the first time last night to begin the important process of reviewing our Green Wedge Management Plan.

    Here’s some of the reasons they gave for volunteering the 70 to 100 hours that this deliberative process will take:

    “If we don’t engage in the process we can’t complain about the result.”

    “I’m passionate about Nillumbik and I want to see it looked after.”

    “I don’t really know what Nillumbik’s Green Wedge is: I’m here to learn.”

    Mayor Peter Clarke, Councillors and independent facilitators, MosiacLab. welcomed the 40-member panel.

    In addressing the Panel, Cr Clarke said “over the next few days and weeks you will be asked to weigh up matters of public significance.

    You will hear form a range of expert speakers, receive background papers and reports and have access to detailed information. The deliberative process means that you will have time to work together, deliberate and make final decisions.

    You have a clear level of authority from Council.

    The key questions we are asking you to consider is ‘What is the best way for Council to manage the Green Wedge now and into the future’. It means that you will be recommending a vision along with social, environmental and regulatory objectives and key actions.

    We are committed to delivering the best Green Wedge Management Plan possible. If we get this right then, the Green Wedge Management Plan will be a policy document that lasts beyond the next election cycle and well into the next decade.”

    The facilitators asked the Panel to break into smaller groups throughout the evening. The aim was for them to build relationships within the group and ease the panellists into working in a small group style. Each time the Panel was broken up in this form, the faciltators asked them to workshop a series of questions.

    The Panel was provided with three documents at their introductory session:

    · The Community Panel Handbook which included information for panellists about the panel process; timelines; administrative information such as dates, locations and times of panel meetings and tips on dealing with media and social media;

    · A community engagement report and

    · A Background Technical Report.

    The Community Engagement report is the summation of the most extensive community engagement process Nillumbik has ever undertaken. Council engaged with more than 1000 Nillumbik residents either by survey, chat session, community workshop, online stories and responses.

    Council engaged Wayfarer Consulting to report on the outcome of the engagement process. Wayfarer reported that the majority of respondents like the sense of space, peace and tranquillity afforded by living in the Green Wedge and the natural environment and biodiversity were key attributes.

    People who responded to the various engagement processes were concerned about development control, lack of transport options, threats of bushfire, environmental degradation and increased costs associated with living in the Green Wedge.

    Respondents felt there were opportunities for those living in the Green Wedge around promotion of the environmental and health benefits, improving infrastructure such as cycling paths, sustainable tourism opportunities and environmental protection.

    The Background Technical Report provides detailed information to the Panel on a range of matters relevant to the preparation of a Green Wedge Management Plan. The report contains nine sections and provides a historical overview of green wedges including information about planning practice notes.

    Sections four and five of the report provide information about the key characteristics of the Nillumbik Green Wedge and information about the land use planning system and how this affects the Green Wedge. The remaining sections of the report address the social, environmental and economic matters as they relate to the Green Wedge. Included in these sections is a range of data and detailed information for the Panel to consider.

    The Panel will meet over five sessions on the following dates:

    · Saturday 18 August

    · Saturday 1 September

    · Saturday 15 September

    · Saturday 13 October

    · Saturday 20 October

    Community members are welcome to attend a panel session as observers. If you wish to attend a panel session, please complete this Expression of Interest Form.

    As the panel process commences, information updates about the panel process together with some video content will be posted here, on the Shire of Nillumbik’s website, and social media.

    The Panel’s recommendations will inform the development of the Draft Green Wedge Management Plan which is due to be considered by Council in November 2018.

    At its December meeting Council will consider a Draft Green Wedge Management Plan for release for final wider engagement which is due to conclude in March 2019. It is anticipated Council will then consider a finalised plan in June 2019.