In 2020, the Planning and Environment Committee of the Legislative Council established a Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Victorian Planning Framework.
Heritage protection is a key area of investigation. Under the Terms of Reference, the Committee will consider a broad range of issues including fairness in planning decisions, and the adequacy of heritage protections in Victoria.
In March, the National Trust was notified that the Legislative Council’s Environment and Planning Committee has decided not to conduct public hearings as part of the current Parliamentary Inquiry into Protections Within the Victorian Planning Framework, due to insufficient time reamaining in this term of Parliament.
In the interim, the committee – which has received over 260 submissions – has resolved to “do a detailed and thorough review of all submissions, prepare an interim report for the Parliament identifying the key issues and key questions and will be making a strong recommendation to the government that a full and detailed inquiry be undertaken at the commencement of the next Parliament.”
The National Trust is deeply disappointed that the promised hearings have been delayed indefinitely, and that the Inquiry will not be fully conducted in this term of Parliament, with no guarantee that the next Parliament will continue this work.
Read our full statement on the announcement here.