ACTIVITY CENTRE PLANNING ZONES

Ministers’ Statements: Activity Centre Planning Zones

18 March 2015

Mr Wynne (Minister for Planning) – I rise to inform the House of new initiatives the Government is implementing to unlock potential growth opportunities in our suburbs. I will soon be announcing new activity centres zones for the Coburg, Moonee Ponds and Sunshine activity centres. These one-stop zones will integrate the different planning controls that currently apply to these areas. Councils are crying out for the zones because they allow proper activity planning in our suburbs. This decision will unlock thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment – –

Mr Guy –  On a point of order, Speaker, I draw your attention to the fact that these statements are meant to be about new government business and that the Minister announced this on 4 March, and I ask: is this constituting, two weeks later, new government business?

Mr Eren interjected.

The Speaker – Order! The Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport will remain silent. I warn him.

Ms Allan – On the point of order, Speaker, it is very clear that the Minister is providing new information to the House. The House has not had the benefit of hearing this information from the Minister. I understand the Leader of the Opposition may follow planning matters a bit more closely now than he did previously; however, the Minister should be allowed to continue.

Mr Watt – On the point of order, Speaker, I do note the Leader of the Opposition’s point of order and also the contribution from leader of the —

The Speaker – Order! The Member will come to the point of order immediately.

Mr Watt – The Leader of the House has clearly stated that this is new information, but that is not in the sessional orders. New information is not in the sessional orders. New programs, new initiatives and achievements are, but not new information.

Honourable Members interjecting.

The Speaker – Order! The Member for Gembrook and the Member for Warrandyte will not provide advice to the Chair. I have ruled on the subject, and Members will stay quiet and allow the Minister to continue.

Mr Wynne – Three new activity centres – Coburg, Moonee Ponds and Sunshine – and this decision will unlock thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment to help Melbourne’s growth centres flourish, where people can work and shop – –

The Speaker – Order!

Mr Wynne – It is sensible.

The Speaker – Order! I warn the Minister for Planning. When the Speaker is on his feet, the Minister will resume his seat quietly. I also warn the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition that the Minister is entitled to be heard in silence.

Mr Wynne – Land in these suburbs that has been vacant or under-used can now reach its full potential – for example, land in the Epping activity centre, in the Member for Thomastown’s area, will now be released. Currently some of this land has been used for a go-kart track. There will now be an opportunity for a 240-bed nursing home for the northern suburbs of Melbourne, and that is a fantastic outcome. These new zones went through a formal consultation process. An independent panel recommended that they go ahead. Some councils have been waiting for more than two years for a signature on this. Where were you? Where was the former Minister for Planning?

The Speaker – Order! The Minister will direct his remarks through the Chair.

Mr Wynne – For two years he did nothing.

The Speaker – Order! The Minister will resume his seat. I warn the Minister again. The Minister knows that he must speak through the Chair.