Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve

www.friendsofthehealesvillefreewayreserve.org

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Welcome to the Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve

The Healesville Freeway reserve between Springvale & Boronia Road is currently in a planning process for alternative use as the road will not proceed. The Community uses sections of this reserve as open space for Active and Passive Recreation. There are also several sections of endangered remnant bushland along the reserve that provide habitat for native animals.

This site aims to keep the community up to date with information regarding the consultation process and help to retain community access to the reserve following the conclusion of the consultation process. To date we have collected almost 5000 signatures (4981 if you think we should be exact) for the petition.

How can you help?

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pdf Download Assessment card

 

Below is an assessment card that has been designed to assist participants ascertain which of the key issues each Option provides for at the workshops.

Please note that you do not have to choose one option just as it is presented. Feel free to evaluate each option and make suggestions that you think will make it more in line with community expectations.

A printable version is attached for you to take along to the meeting.

Thank you for all the good work and amazing support each and every one of you and so many others have shown to this issue, together we can get a good long lasting outcome for the community.

 

Community Assessment Card for the Development of the Healesville Freeway Reserve

 

VicRoads will be releasing three options for the development of the Healesville Freeway Reserve.

The community has insisted on the need to maximize open space in any future development of the reserve.

Nadrasca Farm, Davy Lane Reserve and the existing Bellbird Dell Bushland Park have been secured - largely by community action.

Which of the VicRoads options include the following reserve components as demanded by the community and not yet secured?

 (Please tick the boxes):

                                                                               Option 1   Option 2    Option 3

East-West Extension of Bellbird Dell                                   

(More park land to provide for increased population density in the future.

Extending from the Nadrasca farm to Terrara Road.)

Cycling, Pedestrian & Biolink                                             

(From Springvale Road to Boronia Road)

Preserving Remnant Vegetation                                           

(On Stanley Road reserve & behind the Horticultural Centre)

Vermont Secondary College                                              

(The college requires the reserve land abutting their boundary to enable expansion of their capacity to serve the educational needs of the community.)

The Nethercote Property                                                

(This Heritage listed property was formerly hired out for community events but is badly in need of repair.

The site is currently used for equestrian training in conjunction with Box Hill Institute that is keen to continue vocational programs on the land.)

18th Hole of the Morack Golf Course                                   

 

THE HEALESVILLE FREEWAY RESERVE (Springvale to Boronia Road section)

 

Petition – The community has tabled a petition in Parliament with 5000 signatures asking the Government to retain the land as Open Space.

 

Community consultation -3 Options were to be released in March’13. This has been delayed by 8 months and will be released on the 25th Nov’13. The community is being given just 1 day to view these Options before consultation start on the 26th Nov and their opinion is sought.

 

Online Forum:  The online forum will be available from the project website from

25 November to 25 December 2013. Please visit: http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/hfrconsult

Workshops: To attend a workshop, please register using any of the following options:

Phone: (03) 9881 8019, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Online: VicRoads website above.

         

Workshop dates: Registration closes on Monday 25th November 2013 at 5pm.

    Workshop 1:     | Tuesday 26 November 2013      | 6.30pm – 8.30pm             

    Workshop 2:     | Wednesday 27 November 2013 | 10.30am – 12.30pm           

    Workshop 3:     | Thursday 28 November 2013     | 6.30pm – 8.30pm             

Venue for all Community Workshops:

The Whitehorse Club, 298–336 Burwood Highway, Burwood East (Melways Ref: 62 B7)

Some of the key Planning issues we are concerned about –

EAST WEST EXTENSION OF THE DELL –

The Dell in its current size has served the community well for the past fifty years, however with increasing population and with the additional housing that will possibly go onto the Healesville Freeway reserve; we are concerned that the Dell habitat will be degraded with over use. We feel that the Dell needs to be extended in an East – West direction from the rear of NADRASCA farm to Terrara Road. This is the only opportunity to achieve that and secure the open space for the community for the next fifty years.          

CYCLING, PEDESTRIAN & BIOLINK

This is important infrastructure that is needed for people to have a healthy and active lifestyle and for animals to travel between islands of remnant vegetation.

PRESERVING REMNANT VEGETATION

A remnant stand of trees on Stanley road reserve and an island of remnant vegetation behind the Horticulture Centre need to be protected and preserved.

VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE

This local High school is at capacity with more and more families moving into the area because if it’s reputation for excellence and high quality of education. They need the Reserve land that abuts their boundary to be able to expand their capacity and be in a position to serve the growing demand for Higher education in the area.

NETHERCOTE

We are fortunate to have this Heritage listed property in our local area, it used to be available for weddings and other events, however due to neglect by VicRoads over time it is in a very bad condition and urgently needs repairs. The site is currently used for equestrian training in conjunction with Box Hill TAFE, who are keen to assist in the restoration of the building. Their students of carpentry, woodwork, horticulture, cabinetmaking and other relevant areas could get hands on training restoring the building, while the community benefits from again have access and use of this heritage property. A win win for all!

MORACK GOLF COURSE – The 18th Hole of the course is on the Freeway land.

Minister for Roads Visit Wednesday November 6

The Hon. Terry Mulder MLA, Minister for Roads and Minister for Public Transport will be visiting the Healesville Freeway Reserve in the electorate of Forest Hill at 11am on Wednesday 6 November 2013, the location is the Davy Lane Reserve (Mel. 62/E5). He will be making an anouncement. Open to the public to attend!

 

November Ward Meeting

Tuesday, 19th November from 7.30pm
Horticulture Centre, 82 Jolimont Road Forest Hill

Colin Lill, VicRoads Project Manager - Healesville Freeway Reservation, will be the guest speaker on the night.

All are welcome!

 

 

LocationsGreen: Davey Lany Reserve; Purple: Horticultural Centre

 

 

 

 

docVicRoads email

 

We have finally been informed that the three options will be up for public consultation in late Nov. This is something we have been concerned about and have consistently said that after waiting for 8 months since March’13, it should not be released just before Christmas when the community is busy with other issues.

Not surprisingly that is exactly what the State Government and VicRoads have done. On top of that, the three options will be released on the 25th Nov and the public consultation workshops will commence on the 26th November’13.

The community has JUST 1 DAY!!! to look at the options and think of all the various impacts that each option will have. No wonder we get more cynical as time goes by.

Here is the information on the workshops and how to register to attend.

We know it is short notice and a busy time of year but that is exactly what is being relied upon to limit the community participation. Please make an effort to attend and have your views and voice heard.

 

Online Forum: The online forum will be available from the project website

from 25 November 2013. Please visit: http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/hfrconsult

 

Workshops: To attend a workshop please register using any of the following options:

   ·       Online: http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/hfrconsult

   ·       E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   ·       Phone: (03) 9881 8019

Registration closes on Monday 25th November 2013 at 5pm.

Workshop dates:

   Workshop 1:     | Tuesday 26 November 2013     | 6.30pm 8.30pm            

   Workshop 2:     | Wednesday 27 November 2013   | 10.30am 12.30pm          

   Workshop 3:     | Thursday 28 November 2013     | 6.30pm 8.30pm            

Venue for all Community Workshops:

The Whitehorse Club, 298336 Burwood Highway, Burwood East (Melways Ref:62 B7)

pdfMedia Release

 

Minister Wongs visit

On 22nd August’13 Senator Penny Wong was in Deakin, she visited the Healesville Freeway Reserve along with Federal member Mike Symon and met with several councillors, members from Whitehorse Cyclists, the principal of Parkmore Primary and Friends of the HFR.

At the meeting Minister Wong announced a commitment from Federal Labor if they are returned, to provide $650,000 towards the cost of the shared biolink for cyclists, pedestrians and local animals. This is a valuable piece of infrastructure and we welcome the funding assurance.

 

We now need the State Government to show similar support for the community and provide certainty about the land being retained as Open space. Incidentally there has been no information about the release of the Vision document that was to outline the three options for the land use. This was originally to come out in March and has been pushed out several times. It is six months later now and we the community still have no idea when it will be released and why it has been delayed so long.

 

Minsiter Wong with Morack ward councillorsIt is incumbent on the State Government to offer the community the courtesy of an update, with a firm date for the release and the reasons why it has been delayed so long.

 

The concern is that if the Vision document is released close to Christmas and the consultation rushed through soon after, the community will not be able to effectively engage, participate fully in the process and express their opinions due to family and Christmas related commitments.

To read the most recent release from VicRoads go to http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/article/land-use-concepts and click on news.

Issues we have concerns with are -

  1. Though they say that the Bellbird Dell is in the three concepts – They do not specify if it is only the central section or the East West extension we have been asking for. If it is only the Central section that is no more than maintaining the status quo, with the same amount of open space available as the community has had for the last 30 years. This will not provide for the increased population and the added pressure that the increased numbers will have on the delicate environment of the Dell and is not acceptable.
  2. There is no mention of NADRASCA in this release, despite the community expressing loud and clear at both the Deliberative forum and the Community workshops that they value the work NADRASCA does with people with special needs and want them to stay on the site they currently occupy.
  3. Since the Vision document with the three options has been delayed, the formulation and publication of the Structure plan needs to be pushes out commensurately, to allow the community to have the same amount of time to familiarize themselves with the issues and express an opinion on them. The October release of the Structure plan cannot be maintained as that will reduce the time the community has to understand the issues and respond to the Vision Document.

We urge each and every one of you to email our representative – Neil Angus -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Roads Minister Terry Mulder -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and the shadow minister for roads Luke Donnellan -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also write to Sean Leane- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Edward O’Donohue- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">edward.o'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  who are both the Eastern metropolitan members for the upper house.

Thank you for your support, together we can get a good outcome for the community.