Overview

Background

Golf is one of Australia’s most popular organised recreational activities. The sport is experiencing big changes in demand. Overall, traditional golf club membership is in decline and clubs are facing changing leisure patterns and increasing operating costs. Some golf clubs have been forced to merge or close. This trend has drawn developer interest in golf course land.

Recognising that golf course land, especially within Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) can be considered for rezoning, the Victorian Government wishes to ensure new proposals for redevelopment are assessed according to consistent criteria outlined in a planning decision-making framework.

This Standing Advisory Committee has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to:

Part 1

Review and provide advice on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment. This includes a decision­ making framework used to assess proposals for the future redevelopment of surplus golf course land, primarily within metropolitan Melbourne. Plus advise how the guidelines can be given effect in the Victorian Planning System.

Part 2

Advise whether proposals that are referred to the Committee from the Minister for Planning (or delegate) for the rezoning of golf course land within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) of metropolitan Melbourne, to facilitate redevelopment for urban purposes satisfy the planning guidelines and are consistent with state and local policy.

Standing Advisory Committee Part 1 Report, finalised guidelines and Ministerial response

The Advisory Committee provided its report to the Minister for Planning on 22 November 2019. The Minister for Planning’s consideration of the Advisory Committees Part 1 report is now complete.

On 25 June 2020, the Minister for Planning released:

  • The Advisory Committees Part 1 Report.
  • The final approved version of the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment. (Which has been re-titled to “Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes”.) 

In response to the recommendations in the Advisory Committees Part 1 Report, the Minister has prepared a Ministerial response. The Ministerial Response outlines what recommendations the Minister supported, partially supported or did not support.

The Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes will be given effect to in the Victorian Planning System through a ministerial direction that will be published in the Victoria Government Gazette.  

You can access the following through the documents tab:

  • The Advisory Committees Part 1 Report.
  • The final Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes.
  • Ministerial response.

More information

Referral of proposals to the Advisory Committee and notice of the proposal enquiries:

State Planning Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning  
☎ Phone: 1300 366 356
✉ Email: stateplanning.services@delwp.vic.gov.au

Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee Process enquiries:  

Amy Selvaraj, Planning Panels Victoria
☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5120
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Panel or Committee

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Standing Advisory Committee Members
  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Geoff Underwood (Deputy Chair)
  • Michael Malouf
  • Shelley McGuinness
  • Gabby McMillan
    Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (PDF, 111.4 KB)

Have your say

Provide feedback on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment

Status: Closed

Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee

Provide feedback on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment

Submissions opens on

12.00am - Monday 02 September 2019

Submissions close on

5.00pm - Monday 30 September 2019

Documents

More information on the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee can be found at Engage Victoria.

Supporting Documents

Part 1