Project overview

Launch Housing applied for permits for the development of transportable homes on land at 121 Ballarat Road, 125 Ballarat Road, 175-177 Ballarat Road and 185-189 Ballarat Road, Footscray (Permit No TP676/2016(1), TP772/2016(1), TP785/2016(1) and TP795/2016(1).

The proposal seeks approval for:

  • the development of 27 transportable dwellings; and
  • reduction in car parking.

Maribyrnong City Council issued a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit for the permits in March 2017 and April 2017, and appeals to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) was lodged in April 2017 and May 2017 seeking a review of the decisions.

The Minister for Planning called this matter in from VCAT pursuant to Section 58(2)(a) of Schedule 1 to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998.


The Minister appointed an Advisory Committee on 6 November 2017 pursuant to Section 151 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to provide advice to the Minister in relation to the determination of the applications for review P836/2017, P840/2017, P1090/2017 and P1091/2017 called in from VCAT.

The role of the Advisory Committee is to:

  • Give parties to the VCAT proceeding an opportunity to be heard in an independent forum in an informal, non-judicial manner
  • Give independent advice to the Minister for Planning on the matters outlined in the Terms of Reference.

Committee members

  • Alison Glynn (Chair)
  • John Glossop (Member)

Terms of Reference

The Minister for Planning signed a Terms of Reference (PDF, 697.9 KB) in relation to this matter on 6 July 2017.


Public Hearing

The Public Hearing was held on 8 August 2017.

All information provided at the Hearing has been treated as public documents.

Report The Advisory Committee submitted it's report on 4 September 2017.

More information

Day to day liaison, administrative and operational support to the Advisory Committee will be provided by Mr Steven Cox, Manager, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, (03) 8683 0996 and