Help save the site of the former Boronia Heights Secondary College

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What’s happening?

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:

  • 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:
  • 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.

Let’s save one for the people!

Just remember what has already happened...

Ferntree Gully Technical School

- Open space gone, Public land gone

- Only housing left.

Knox Technical School

- Open space gone, Public land gone

- Only housing left.

Ferntree Gully Primary School

- Open space gone, Public land gone

- Only housing left.

Studfield Primary School

- Open space gone, Public land gone

- Only housing left.

Boronia Junction

- CFA and Park Land - Open space gone

- Woolworths shopping centre in return.

The list goes on…

Don't let this happen again!

Give ONE back to the People.

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.

Newspaper Articles

· “Lone Pine descendant could get chop as developers close in old Boronia Heights College site” in the Knox Leader on 22nd April 2016.

· “Former Boronia Heights College site to be sold for housing — but plants could prove a problem” Knox Leader June 9th, 2017.

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 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.

What can you do?

Only local pressure can influence future decisions.

Please share the petition with your friends and family via email and on social media.

We can’t do this without YOU!!!

Need more info?

Email us:

Visit the KES Nursery: 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully – Behind Ferntree Gully Library.

Open Thursdays 10-4, Saturdays 10-1 and Sundays 10-1.

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Our campaign so far...

· April 22nd: 2016. Newspaper article in Knox Leader. (See above)

· 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.

· June 9th, 2017: Newspaper article in Knox Leader. (See above)

· 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!

The site may be visited via the main entrance off Mount View Rd, Boronia.


Flora and fauna presently found on the site

Photos of some of the species of plants and animals, some captured elsewhere.

Flyer for letterbox

here (PDF)