Wallan opposes quarry, Minister

Constituency question

December 3, 2021

Tania MAXWELL (Northern Victoria) (12:35):

My constituency question is to the Minister for Planning (Hon. Richard Wynne MP):

The Victorian Planning Authority’s letter to community regarding the Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan and Wallan Quarry Planning Permit consultation states: ‘The (independent planning) panel [from 2020] found that a quarry should be planned for… therefore, the VPA’s changes to the plan and engagement with the community are limited to considering how (not if) the draft PSP and associated planning scheme documents appropriately reflect the panel’s recommendations.

The issue for the community is not how the quarry is developed, but whether it will be. The quarry did not appear in the Future Urban Structure when it was exhibited in 2019, and the community were largely unaware that it was even a possibility.

Given the strong community voice for no quarry in Wallan, how will the Minister ensure that the community’s voice and concerns are appropriately considered and valued in this plan?