Delay limits Echuca housing development

Constituency question

June 24, 2021

Ms MAXWELL (Northern Victoria) (12:57): My constituency question is to the Minister for Planning, and it relates to Campaspe shire’s urgent need for the government to finalise the council’s planning scheme amendment C117 to unlock residential land in Echuca West as part of the Echuca West precinct structure plan.

Housing shortages are a significant issue, and the Campaspe Shire has worked proactively with the Victorian Planning Authority to prepare this amendment, which will enable development of 5000 new properties and provide residential land for 14,000 residents.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has taken six months to respond to the draft amendment with yet another new requirement for information.

Will the minister call in and expedite this planning scheme amendment to help Echuca meet its housing demands?