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State budget action on development applications

04 Jun 2015

The State Government has committed $1 million in its 2015-16 budget towards clearing the back-log of development applications awaiting planning approval.

According to the Government, there are currently 26 central-city permit applications under assessment within the department, which is equivalent to a year’s work.

There are also 150 planning scheme amendments, which are yet to be finalised.

“The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with clearing the backlog of planning applications left by the previous Liberal Government,” Planning Minister Richard Wynne said.

“Certainty in the planning system is good for business, good for jobs and good for Victoria.”

The budget also provides $1 million to protect the Yarra River against inappropriate development.

According to the budget a dedicated trust will be set out to establish planning controls to preserve the future of the river.

The Yarra River Protection Bill will also be introduced to establish rules about what can and can’t be built near the river.

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