Overview

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.

The Victorian Government is preparing a long-term strategic plan for the precinct, centred on the relationship between the arts, nature and Traditional Owner heritage.

View the 2020 Consultation Draft of the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan (PDF, 14.5 MB)

Yarra River Bulleen Precinct, the river can be seen from above.

Updates

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 Advisory Committee page.

The Committee will make their recommendations to the Minister for Planning in April 2021, after which the draft Framework Plan will be updated and finalised.

Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan

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.

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.

In October 2018 the Minister for Planning appointed the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee to 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.

A 2020 consultation draft of the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan was exhibited for public comment by the Advisory Committee in August-September 2020. Following public hearings and recommendations to the Minister for Planning, the plan will be finalised in 2021.

Visit our Advisory Committee page

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)

If you have any questions on the draft Framework Plan, please contact:

If you have any questions on the Advisory Committee and its Public Hearing process, please contact:

  • ✉ Email: Amy Selveraj, Senior Project Officer, Planning Panels Victoria

Have your say

Have your say on the 2020 Draft Bulleen Land Use Framework Plan and a proposed planning scheme amendment for the Yarra Valley Country Club site

Status: Closed

Yarra - River Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee (2020 consultation draft)

The exhibition for the 2020 Draft Bulleen Land Use Framework Plan has now closed. Please visit the Advisory Committee page for more information.

Public Exhibition

Submissions opens on

9.00am - Monday 31 August 2020

Submissions close on

5.00pm - Friday 25 September 2020

Status: Closed

Yarra - River Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee (2019 consultation draft)

Consultation is now closed

For further information about the consultation process, please visit Engage Victoria .

Documents

Yarra River – Bullleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan (2020 consultation draft)

An updated consultation draft of the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan has been prepared to deliver on the Victorian Government’s commitment in the Yarra River Action Plan. the draft plan outlines a vision and principles to guide future land uses and connections in the precinct.

The draft plan is being considered by the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee.


Yarra River - Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee

The draft plan is being considered by the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee.

In October 2018 the Minister for Planning appointed the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee to provide strategic and statutory planning advice on the future of the precinct, including the Victorian Government’s draft Framework Plan and proponent-led planning scheme amendments.

Visit our Advisory Committee page

Visit Engage Victoria to view submissions to the Advisory Committee


Yarra Strategic Plan and 50-year Community Vision

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

More about Yarra Strategic Plan at Water Victoria


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.

More about the Yarra River Action Plan at Water Victoria


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.