Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve

www.friendsofthehealesvillefreewayreserve.org

Newsletter

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It has been a long time since we have contacted you with an update on the HFR.

 

We have good news!!

 

The Current Labor Government has employed a Project Manager for the development of an Establishment plan for the whole HFR corridor from Springvale road to Boronia road.

 

The Establishment plan for the whole corridor is expected to be completed in about five months, there will be a draft plan developed which will be open for public consultation, so the community will have a say in the final outcomes for this corridor.

 

The surrender process of the land to Crown has also progressed, it will be done in three stages –

  • First the unencumbered land, which is expected to be complete in the next two months.
  • Then the land that has a license agreement over it, this should be complete by the end of this year or early next year.
  • Lastly the leased parcels that are occupied will be transferred later next year.

We will be in touch as soon as we have more information but do let your friends and neighbours know about the good news.

 

 

We need to correct some information in an article we put up in April last year that we have since discovered to be wrong.

Just before the last State election in Nov’14, a flyer was letter box dropped that indicated that the Coalition Government had acted to protect the Healesville Freeway land.

The community believed the flyer to indicate that the land had been transferred to the Crown, as that was the repeatedly mentioned  mechanism for the protection of the land in all previous communication from the Coalition Government . We believed that interpretation as well, which is why it was referred to in the April’15 article, however we have since discovered it was not the case, no land had been transferred to Crown by the former Coalition Government.

We were very disappointed when we found out, the words of the flyer were very misleading.

 

The whole corridor is currently still owned by VicRoads and the process of transfer to Crown is now actually happening.

 

Please also let us know if you are interested in getting involved in the rehabilitation of the land, once it is transferred we will start conducting working bees to remove weeds and are looking to update our volunteer list.

 

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