Planning Minister Matthew Guy has launched the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan in Bendigo today, which provides a long-term vision for managing growth and change in the region.
Key features of the plan include: Jobs, business and housing growth in strategic centres that can support it; the important role of small towns in providing lifestyle options and leveraging growth from expanding sectors .
It will also aim to protect locally significant landscapes and focus on the importance of managing residential growth to limit its impact on agricultural land, natural resources and the environment.
“The Loddon Mallee South region is experiencing strong population and economic growth overall," Mr Guy said.
"This plan will assist in creating sustainable and viable communities and a strong economy while protecting the valued assets and character of the region."
The plan involved City of Greater Bendigo council, along with Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges, Central Goldfields and Loddon Shires.
Eight regional growth plans, together with Plan Melbourne, provide a long-term vision for Victoria.
Mr Guy said the plans were an historic achievement that brought together state and local government and regional communities.
“For the first time we have concurrent plans for the metropolitan area and all regions of Victoria. No other state in Australia has approached its long-term planning in this comprehensive way," he said.