Your Green Wedge

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Love Your Nillumbik

If you live in Nillumbik, you live in the Green Wedge shire. Many Nillumbik residents love where they live because of the bush, and the wildlife in it. But most residents are unaware that Council is reviewing how the Green Wedge is protected. Without people like you caring and sharing your voice, the Green Wedge could become increasingly threatened by over-development and poor protections.

Who are we? We’re concerned locals who want to see the Green Wedge better protected for future generations, and believe this is an unmissable opportunity to engage the community in saving Nillumbik's green spaces.

What is the Green Wedge?

Nillumbik was formed in 1994 as a conservation shire with our green wedge as its focus. “Green wedges” are non-urban areas that surround the built-up areas of metropolitan Melbourne. They have been well defined in Melbourne's planning policies since 1966 and are intended for conservation, agriculture, recreation, low impact tourism and important functions such as water storage. Nillumbik's green wedge is one of twelve.

Find out more about Green Wedges, here

Why is it important?

Nillumbik's green wedge is the most intact of all twelve wedges, mainly because the local community has defended it with great passion when threats have arisen. Although it is the most intact, it is under the same pressures that other wedges have degraded under. Victoria has experienced extensive biodiversity loss over the past two centuries due to land clearing, pests, land development, water pollution and climate change. This loss impacts on the future health, wealth and prosperity of all Victorian communities. The need to protect remaining indigenous biodiversity is an urgent one. In Victoria, approximately 4,000 habitat hectares of native vegetation continues to be lost every year.

What is Council up to?

Nillumbik's current Council is reviewing the shire's Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP). The original GWMP was finalised in 2010 and was a fifteen year plan. Council's latest review got underway in early 2018. It's been a lengthy process costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Between May and August 2018 a community engagement process was undertaken. An independently recruited community panel of ordinary Nillumbik residents presented their recommendations to Council last November. Both the community and the panel strongly support strengthened protections, and the restoration of our Green Wedge. Since then Council has been preparing a new draft GWMP, which will come before Council on June 25 2019.

Protecting the Green Wedge

On June 25 2019, the new GWMP will come before Council. The community has the opportunity to examine the rewritten plan and - from July 1st - make submissions in response. As there are many pro development pressures in play with this review, it’s vital that Council hears from as many Nillumbik community members as possible. Most Nillumbik residents love the green spaces in their shire and want to see it protected for future generations. If this is how you feel, you should use your voice and make a submission before the 11th of August.

Why The Wedge Matters

Green Spaces

Spending time in nature reduces stress levels, and exposure to it keeps kids bright and healthy. Nillumbik is the Green Wedge shire, many of us live here precisely because it is green, and we want to keep it that way.

Agriculture

The Green Wedge doesn't just protect wilderness; but agricultural land, too. The health of agricultural land depends on sustainable land practices, and the existence of healthy biodiversity. Victoria's future food security depends on places like the Green Wedge.

Safe Climate

It’s no secret that climate change is affecting Nillumbik. Drier and hotter summers are fanning bushfire concerns across the shire. Protecting existing ecosystems sequesters carbon, and reduces the severity of fires by keeping the surface of the land cool.

Economy

Victoria’s natural environment generates $1 billion in tourism for Victoria’s economy per annum, while supporting 14,000 jobs across the state. Biodiversity is also essential for the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors; contributing $8 billion annually.

What You Can Do

After the revised Green Wedge Management Plan is brought before Council on the 25th of June, you will be able to review it. You can make submissions in response between July 1 - August 11. Council has to consider what the community wants. Using your voice by making your own submission is the best way to ensure the future conservation of the Green Wedge.

Submissions must be made before 11.59pm Sunday 11 August 2019.


You can submit by emailing gwmp@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or visiting http://participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/gwmp


About Us

This website campaign is part of a wider community effort to protect the Green Wedge. We're ordinary Nillumbik residents who want to see the Green Wedge conserved for the enjoyment and safety of future generations.

We are not an organisation, answer to no Council or government body, and are campaigning on our own pooled resources. We love living in Nillumbik for its wild and green spaces. We want to see it thrive for all time to come.

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