Next step for the Yarra Act and Trust

, By Yarra

John Masanauskas reported in the Herald-Sun last Sunday that Planning Minister Wynne met several mayors in a roundtable to discuss stronger planning along the Yarra River. Mr Wynne was quoted saying that the Yarra was under intense pressure as rapid population growth drove high density development and that the River was threatened by a death of ‘a thousand cuts’. “We will strengthen the state planning policy to ensure we send a clear message that overdevelopment of the banks of the Yarra is unacceptable,” he went on to say.

Opposition planning spokesman David Davis was quoted as saying Coalition supported an authority to oversee
stronger controls for the Yarra.

Will the Act go far enough? Will the Trust be robust enough?