Save Our Neighbourhood Character

My office has recently been made aware of a sneaky attempt by the City of Greater Geelong Council to remove the minimum garden requirements that are in place across Greater Geelong.

This would pave the way for apartment blocks and high-density lots with no green space being built, that do not fit the character of communities like Highton.

It would result in precious trees being removed, loss of green space, and Melbourne-style development that would result in our distinctive Neighbourhood character being trashed.

The Mayor at the time, Stephanie Asher wrote to the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne requesting that he undo these minimum garden area protections, without community consultation or input.

I condemn the Council’s attempts to sneakily avoid public scrutiny and deny the community a say in this proposal that would affect their communities.

I am launching this petition to call on the Planning Minister to completely reject this request, and safeguard the character, green space, and natural amenity of our neighbourhoods like Highton.

If you are also concerned about Council's plans, please sign this petition.

Locations proposed by Council for the removal of minimum garden requirements include:

Highton, Belmont, Waurn Ponds Barwon Heads, Bell Park, Bell Post Shopping Centre, Bellarine Village and Newcombe Central, Corio Shopping Centre, Drysdale, East Geelong, Geelong West, Manifold Heights, Newtown, Hamlyn Heights, Lara and Lara Station, Leopold, Marshall Station, North Geelong Station, Ocean Grove, Portarlington, South Geelong Station, and St Leonards.

You can access then-Mayor Asher's letter and the relevant Council minutes here

You can download the maps of affected areas here