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, which includes a decision­ making framework that will be used to assess proposals for the future redevelopment of surplus golf course land primarily within metropolitan Melbourne and 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.

More information

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

Michael Everett, Planning Implementation, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning  
☎ Phone: (03) 8683 0956
✉ Email: Michael.everett@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


All supporting documents for this project can be found here.

Supporting Documents