Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 in Clayton Update
An Andrews Labor Government will lock down the boundaries of Melbourne’s green wedges, ending the Napthine Government’s incursions into our open landscapes.
Labor’s Shadow Planning Minister, Brian Tee, made the announcement at the Green Wedge Coalition Annual General Meeting at Parliament House today.
Green wedge boundaries will be preserved for the life of a Labor Government, preventing inappropriate development from deteriorating the areas.
Protecting green wedges will also protect 6000 jobs in horticultural and agricultural businesses that grow much of Victoria’s fresh fruit and vegetables.
Quotes attributable to Brian Tee
“Green wedges are the lungs that keep our city liveable and only Labor will protect them.”
“The Liberals have slowly eaten away at our open landscapes and soon there’ll be nothing left.”
“Green wedges were established under a Liberal Government in the 1970s, but they won’t survive four more years of the modern Liberal Party.”
Quotes attributable to Hong Lim
“The Kingston Green Wedge is such a valuable asset and needs to be protected at all costs.”
“This is a major issue for my constituents and they will be heartened to hear of Labor’s announcement today.”
” I call on residents in the new electorate of Clarinda to speak to your family, friends and neighbours about this issue and urge them to protect the green wedge by voting Labor on 29 November.”
In Government, Labor’s planning overlays prevented development in green wedge land. In 2013, the Napthine Government made changes to allow the development of airfields, treatment plants and rogue puppy farms. Dense development was also sanctioned on smaller blocks.