Boronia Heights SC Campaign
Help save the site of the former Boronia Heights Secondary College
What's going on?
The State Government is planning a high density development, blocks will be small, possibly breaching Council’s Foothills Policy and houses will be at least two storeys, yet surrounding house blocks cannot be subdivided below 1000sq m.
The process has been “FAST TRACKED” which means the minister can make the decision to over-ride current overlays. There is a rumour that around 800 houses are planned for the site, however no politician has been honest enough to talk to us and confirm or deny any details.
The project is part of the Victorian Government’s Inclusionary Housing pilot program, see here for more info:
Why does this site need saving?
The site contains two areas of biological importance including 0.75ha of Lowland Forest that is listed as vulnerable vegetation, and 2ha of Valley Heathy Forest that is listed as regionally endangered vegetation. The site is home to 73 plant species; four of which are critically endangered and eleven are endangered in Knox. For more information on the vegetation at the site, please visit the following link: www.knox.vic.gov.au/Files/SitesofBio/Site9_BoroniaHeightsCollege.pdf
The site is a safe haven for wildlife, and boasts numerous mature trees bearing hollows and a good thick undergrowth providing refuge for small birds.
Preservation of the Lone Pine Memorial. This mature pine tree, a direct progeny of the Gallipoli Lone Pine, still stands on the grounds in front of an Anzac mural. For more information on the significance of the Lone Pine, see: gallipoli.net.au/lonepine.html
Boronia Heights is an important public open space, where locals can walk and exercise their dogs and children can come and play.
Public Space is precious - not just for us but also for the future. If lost it will be gone FOREVER.
Knox Council Overlays specific to Boronia Heights College.
The site is covered by four Overlays. Two of the overlays are very clear about the protection of indigenous trees with one of those also covering the significance of protecting indigenous vegetation. It is also covered by Public Use Zone – Education. With the removal of the school, the land, or at least most of the land, should still remain public use to keep the area in balance.
Design And Development Overlay - Schedule 1 planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/vpps/43_02.pdf
Environmental Significance Overlay - Schedule 2 planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/knox/ordinance/42_01s02_knox.pdf
Significant Landscape Overlay - Schedule 2 planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/knox/ordinance/42_03s02_knox.pdf
Public Use Zone – Education planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/vpps/36_01.pdf
You can see all of the overlays for “Grid area 03” here: http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/knox/maps#pso-planningSchemeMaps-grid03
The Saving Boronia Heights Committee
The Saving Boronia Heights Committee is working hard to try to save and protect the land of the former Boronia Heights Secondary College to benefit the people and the natural environment.
The committee was formed following a successful public meeting on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 where over 150 people voiced their concern over the area.
At the meeting a petition was started at the meeting and already has over 150 signatures but this is only a start and we need many more.
Petitions and Postcards
KES volunteers and local residents have collected over 2,000 signatures on paper and over 1,200 signatures on Change.org
We estimate that over 2,500 postcards were sent to Minister Richard Wynne expressing the concerns about the development.
What can you do?
Only local pressure can influence future decisions.
We can’t do this without YOU!!!
Need more info?
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the KES Nursery: 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully – Behind Ferntree Gully Library.
Open Thursdays 10-4, Saturdays 10-1 and Sundays 10-1.
Follow us of Facebook: www.facebook.com/SaveBoroniaHeights
Our campaign so far...
- April 22nd: 2016. Newspaper article in Knox Leader.
- June 3rd 2017: A public meeting was held on the site on Saturday 3rd June, near the Lone Pine Memorial. Around 150 concerned residents came along to learn about what is happening and to start making a difference. This was convened by the Knox Environment Society. A group of local residents has now been formed to organise the next steps. You can watch most of the meeting on our YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/XWKTuyu-oxY
- June 9th, 2017: Newspaper article in Knox Leader.
- June 14th: The Save Boronia Heights Committee assembled for their first meeting.
- August 7th: The first petition was submitted to MP Heidi Victoria for counting. We collected over 2000 signatures!
- December - Submissions closed for The Government Land Standing Advisory Committee assessment.
- February 12-14 - Public hearings were held where many local residents, KES members, environmental experts and other concerned people spoke.
- April 2018 - Government Land Standing Advisory Committee Tranche 11 Report
- July 14th - 500 neighborhood updates were delivered by KES volunteers to residents surrounding the site. Conversations with local residents clearly indicated support for the retention of the site for public open space.
- Over 2.5 thousand postcards were sent to Minister Richard Wynne from concerned residents.