Wodonga City Council has received $75,000 in funding from the Victorian Government to co-deliver a framework for state wide sustainable design planning processes for subdivisions.

Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today announced that the proposal led by Wodonga City Council was one of the successful recipients of the latest round of Collaborative Council – Sustainability Fund Partnership Program funding.

The funding will support the development of a State-wide Assessment Framework for Subdivisions to give certainty and consistency for councils when assessing the construction of resource-efficient dwellings and resilient neighbourhoods.

This includes implementation pathways for regional and metropolitan councils to use in trials and demonstration projects as well as resources for implementation through council Planning Schemes.

The framework will provide a consistent State-wide model tailored to regional and metro councils.

This will improve planning services, upskill and capacity-build within councils, provide greater investment certainty to developers, and likely reduce the costs of the planning process for both councils and developers.

This model will also support industry, councils and community in the shift to a lower carbon economy and in delivering climate-resilient and sustainable communities.

Wodonga City Council will work with Ballarat, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Hume, Latrobe, Warrnambool, Wangaratta, Whittlesea, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Macedon Ranges Melton, Mitchell Shire, and Moorabool Shire councils to deliver the project.

The North East Waste Resource & Recovery Group and Victorian Victorian Planning Authority will also be involved with the delivery.

The $2.7 million program supports councils to improve procurement and service delivery, with a particular focus on giving councils with less experience in collaborative projects an opportunity to develop mutually beneficial relationships with neighbouring councils.

More information on the Collaborative Council – Sustainability Fund Partnership Program at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/collaborating-councils

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“Empowering councils to co-deliver projects and share services improves business operations model and helps deliver more sustainable options to service their communities.”

“The Victorian Government is committed to giving councils opportunities to work together and co-deliver programs which support their operations and communities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Every council has a unique set of challenges, but it’s fantastic to see Wodonga take the lead in developing a subdivision assessment framework which will benefit the whole state.”