Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve


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Lindsay Cowling

We are very sorry to inform you of the passing of Lindsay Cowling on 8th June 2017, when he lost his battle with cancer. Lindsay was a core member of the Friends of the HFR and his passion, dedication and commitment will be sorely missed.

We wish his family our sincere condolence. Lindsay’s contribution towards the formation of a park for the community will be his lasting legacy.


News on the HFR corridor

The following is an extract from communication from Shaun Leane MP,
Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region
Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure

‘The property known as Mirrabooka (34-40 Moore Rd, Vermont) has been sold. It was sold by public expressions of interest for a sum of $3.380M.

So far 20 of the 35 titles have been surrendered by VicRoads to the Crown which represents about half the land in the Reserve. A conservative valuation of this land, should it have been sold as was planned under the previous Liberal Government, is $26M. A map of the transferred parcels is attached.


VicRoads have advised that there has also been demolition of buildings and dilapidated rides etc at the former Wobbies World site.

We have also been advised that there have been discussions directly with NADRASCA regarding the continuity of tenancy at the Farm.

Some of the other activities which are progressing towards the desired final outcomes are:

  • Demolition of structures on the HFR including buildings and fences
  • Removal of the existing public acquisition overlay across the remaining affected properties
  • Active leases are remaining and will continue to be managed
  • Preparations are underway to proceed with the listing of the other residential properties identified for sale, with the proceeds to be allocated to fund the improvement of the reserve’


We are seeking clarification on the number of titles that have transferred to crown as we were earlier informed that 21 titles had been transferred.We are also questioning the sale of additional properties as the sake of Mirrabooka was to cover the cost of infrastructure for the park.

As soon as we get information on these matters we will let you know.