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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Community workshops - Download VicRoads report.897.43 KB
It is concerning to note that there is no report for the Deliberative forum, which was a key consultation forum, to get the views of the broader community, living close to and far away from the site. VicRoads went to great lengths and at taxpayer expense, ran that forum, however even 7 months later, have not yet put out a report on it. Instead they refer any enquiries to 'The Way Forward' document, which in their own words is a document that incorporates where practical the views expressed in all the consultation activities till that time.Which is a discretionary and filtered collection of views. We believe the community is entitled to better that that. In the interest of transparency, VicRoads should make the full report on the Deliberative Forum available to the public, so they can be fully informed of how it was run and the views expressed as the outcomes.
Gifting of the land issue - Still working on it, if anyone knows the name of the Flower farm or its owner's name please let me know, I know the name of the apple orchard owner but do not know what the orchard was called, any info on that would be great. The more precise the info we ask for the better the chance we get something meaningful out.
Nardasca Petition - Download the petition sheet
If you could print off a few and get as many signatures as possible that would be great. There is no end date but asap would be best.
Council brochure - Download brochure
This is the brochure that council has printed about the action they have taken so far on the HFR issue.
The Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve thank the following organisations for their support in aiding the community groups trying to retain the Healesville Freeway Reserve as an open space in public ownership.
Earlier this week Friends of the Healesille Freeway Reserve presented State Member for Forest Hill, Mr Neil Angus, with the petition signed by 4371 people, so that it could be tabled in State Parliament before the Christmas break.
- Maintain the reserve as Open Space for the use of the community
- Protect the endangered vegetation on the site.
The petition asks the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to:
Further signatures are being collected over summer and will be submitted for tabling in February.
Update on the Petition -
13th Dec’12 – tabled by Neil Angus – 4308
7th Feb’13 – Tabled by Luke Donnellan – 76
25th March – Handed over to Neil Angus - 263
13th June - Tabled by Luke Donnellan – 334
Grand total – 4981 signatures.
If you value the open space and want to have your voice heard, please download the petition form below and get your family and friends to sign.
It needs to be returned by 31 January 2013, so it can be tabled in Parliament when it resumes in the new year in February.
4371 signatures have been submitted in the first petition submission that will go to Parliament before Christmas 2012. Read more...
- Collect Signatures
- Please return to:
Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve
PO Box 371
Vermont, VIC 3133
- by 31st January 2013.
VicRoads recently mailed residents in the areas surrounding the Healesville Freeway Reservation with information about the Community Workshops and Discussion Forums to be held in November.
We encourage you to register and attend one of the workshops.
- 8th Nov – 6.30 – 8.30pm. Quest Knox: 137 Mountain Highway
- 13th Nov - 6.30 – 8.30pm. Whitehorse Club: 298 – 336 Burwood Highway
- 14th Nov - 10.30 – 12.30pm. Whitehorse Club: 298 – 336 Burwood Highway
"VicRoads has completed a strategic review of the Healesville Freeway Reservation (HFR). As a result, VicRoads has determined that the reservation between Springvale Road, Vermont South and Boronia Road, Vermont will not be required for future road purposes.
In consultation with the community and other stakeholders, VicRoads is developing a Structure Plan that will guide the future use of the land within the reservation. The Healesville Freeway Reservation Renewal Project has been established to develop this plan."