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The stretch of the Yarra River through Lower Templestowe, Heidelberg and Bulleen is of special importance to Melburnians and its Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Traditional Owners.
The Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct contains significant cultural places, including Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Bolin Bolin billabong, situated within broader remnant network of billabongs and riparian woodlands. The precinct features centuries old River Red Gums, once a common feature of the river throughout the city.
We are preparing a long-term strategic plan for the precinct, centred on the relationship between the arts, nature and Traditional Owner heritage.
Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan 2020 consultation draft
To guide future land use and development outcomes for this important stretch of the Yarra River, the department has prepared a draft Land Use Framework Plan.
Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee
The Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee provide strategic and statutory planning advice on the future of the precinct, including the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan and proponent-led planning scheme amendments.
Hearings of the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee have concluded. At hearings, the committee considered submissions on the draft Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan as well as a proposed planning scheme amendment in the precinct.
Written submissions on the draft Framework Plan can be viewed on the Engage Victoria Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct page.
The Committee made their recommendations to the Minister for Planning in April 2021, the draft Framework Plan will be updated and finalised.
Yarra Strategic Plan
The plan aligns with the 50-year Community Vision for the whole of the Yarra River established as part of the Yarra Strategic Plan being led by Melbourne Water, while addressing land use planning and development considerations at a precinct scale.
The Yarra Strategic Plan is prepared using a collaborative governance approach by the Yarra Collaboration Committee so that the Yarra (Birrarung) can be managed as one living and integrated entity. This group comprises of representatives from 16 organisations who care for Yarra River lands.
Yarra River Action Plan
The Yarra River Action Plan (2017) contains 30 specific actions to ensure the long-term protection of the Yarra River (Birrarung) and its parklands, developed in response to recommendations of the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee (Yarra MAC) in its final report.
Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee Final Report
The Yarra MAC’s final report (2016) contains a range of recommendations to improve and protect the Yarra River (Birrarung), the iconic lifeblood of Melbourne.
Bulleen – Banyule Flats Cultural Values Study
Findings and recommendations of the Bulleen – Banyule Flats Cultural Values Study, undertaken by the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, will inform the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan. This study begins the important task of documenting the tangible and intangible significance of the Yarra River and its lands to its Traditional Owners.
Learn more about recording cultural values along the Yarra River (Birrarung)
Page last updated: 09/06/23