Current Status

Mildura Rural City Council recently appointed a consultant team led by Plan2Place Consulting to undertake the 2024 Mildura Planning Scheme Review. You can find more information about planning schemes and how they impact your daily activities in the FAQs section below.

Round 1 Community consultation is underway and no matter where you are in the municipality, we are keen to hear your thoughts about living working and visiting the Mildura municipality and how the planning scheme may respond.

Please click the link (right) to share your thoughts via an online survey.

You can also pick up a hardcopy of the survey from your closest MRCC Service Centre or print a copy of the survey from the Document Library on this webpage. Please deliver completed surveys to your closest MRCC Service Centre, post to the address on the survey or send by email to: strategic.planning@mildura.vic.gov.au.

Your Community Survey is open until 5pm on 31 May 2024. We want to hear from you!

Round 1 Consultation is Underway - May 2024

Round 1 Community Engagement (led by the consultants Plan2Place) commenced Friday 3 May 2024, with various in-person activities including pop-up information stalls at several locations over the weekend 3-5 May including the Ouyen Post Office, Sunraysia Farmers Markets and Red Cliffs Country Market.

Council staff and consultants attended these venues and spoke to 100+ community members over the three days about the planning scheme review project, what matters to them and how to be involved in the ongoing consultation opportunities as the project progresses.

What are we hearing from community so far?

People are keen to see:
  • More Trees and Public Open Space
  • Better technology infrastructure
  • Better medical care and health services, particularly in our smaller rural towns
  • Better parking for workers
  • Better Public Transport systems ie trains to Melbourne and Adelaide
  • More traffic lights for some intersections
  • Better environmental protection and education around recycling
  • Youth festivals

Have Your Say - There's Still Time to Share your thoughts!

If we missed you at our in-person engagement activities on 3-5 May, we are still keen to hear about your experience of living, working in or visiting the Mildura Local Government Area (LGA) and what you want to see in the future for your municipality.

Please take the short online Community Survey to tell us your thoughts about what is important to you for Council to consider in the Planning Scheme Review project.

The community survey is open until 31 May. This is your opportunity to tell us if the shared Community Vision statements still reflect what you want for your town.

"No matter where you live or work in the Mildura LGA, or if you are just visiting, we need your thoughts, we want comments that reflect the views of our whole community, from all the towns of the Mallee-Track and Werrimull-Mallee District to Mildura itself and closer-in towns, such as Irymple, Red Cliffs and Merbein. No matter if you consider yourself to be North, East, West or South of your closest township in the Sunraysia area or rural parts of the LGA - we want to hear from you!

If you live over the River Murray in NSW and commute to work in the Mildura LGA, or if you visit for shopping, random retail therapy, family connections, or other reasons such as health services, we would love to hear from you about your experience of the services that Mildura provides and/or what is needed to improve the experience of all people living, working in or visiting the Mildura LGA."

Questions to think on...

Have we got the issues right?
Are there other issues we haven’t identified that you think the planning scheme should address?
What do you think is important?

We have developed some simple questions to help you think about the future of the Mildura Local Government Area (LGA):

  • What do you like/value about the Mildura LGA?
  • Is there anything you think should change?
  • Is there anything that should not change?
  • How would you like the Mildura LGA to be in the future?
  • Do you have any concerns about the future of the Mildura LGA?

Please click the link below or page top right to share your thoughts!

You can also pick up a hardcopy of the survey from your closest MRCC Service Centre or print a hard copy of the survey from the Document Library on this webpage. Please complete and return hardcopy surveys to your closest MRCC Service Centre, or post to the address on the survey, or by email to: strategic.planning@mildura.vic.gov.au before 5pm on 31 May 2024.

More Information

The Mildura Planning Scheme is a statutory document that controls land use and development activity within the municipality, using controls such as planning scheme ordinance, maps and zones, overlays and their associated local schedules.

In accordance with the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (PE Act) the Mildura Planning Scheme is required to be reviewed every four years on a cyclical basis within 12 months of the adoption of a Council Plan. On completion the report is presented to the Minister for Planning.

The last Planning Scheme Review was undertaken in 2018-19 with the review report being adopted by Mildura Council in 2019.

Identified components of work include a standard full review of the Planning Scheme ordinance Planning Policy Framework, Municipal Planning Statement and Regional and Local Policy, along with undertaking work previously identified as future strategic work arising from the 2018-19 Planning Scheme Review.

Outstanding components also included for consideration and recommendations are listed below:

  • Gambling – additional work to the recent policy introduction Minimising harm from Gambling CP-029, looking at the effects of gaming machines on the community.
  • Koorlong Landfill and ESO4 (Environmental Significance Overlay, Schedule 4) – Considering use of the Buffer Area Overlay (BAO) to replace the ESO4 and how this might affect the future maintenance of the closed Koorlong Landfill.
  • Scoping brief for Barriers to Integrated Water Management / Water Sensitive Urban Design (IWM/WSUD) including in Public Open Space, to enable a future project to be undertaken.
  • Consideration of Public Open Space (POS) Contributions at subdivision stage of development and as part of permit applications at Clause 53.01 in the Planning Scheme.
  • Process for future management of the protected species Cumbungi at Lake Cullulleraine and other key Council sites.
  • A desktop review of the use and effectiveness of the Salinity Management Overlay (SMO) last reviewed in 2009.

Next Steps for the project include us:

  • Taking into account your thoughts - with your comments being collected, collated and themed to form part of a short report that identifies key issues for the community in the draft Key Issues Report being developed.
  • Refining research about how the planning scheme is performing
  • Seeking your feedback on possible responses through ongoing opportunities to be part of the project
  • Developing a series of recommended actions for Council to consider that will shape the updated planning scheme
  • Reporting back to you on what Council decides to prioritise (future consultation)
  • Informing you of further opportunities to provide your input to the updated planning scheme.

If you make a submission or provide us with your details, we will keep you informed throughout the process.

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