Haining Farm Precinct Plan
Haining Farm is a 69 hectare “Community Use – Education Area” at the confluence of the Yarra River and the Don River in Launching Place, near Yellingbo, in the Yarra Valley. The land is managed by Parks Victoria and has historically been operated as an educational dairy farm.
In 2013, the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council recommended that the use of the land be changed to provide greater community use and access as well as a greater emphasis on sustainability, including improved protection of riparian areas and restoration of habitat for two of Victoria’s threatened species, the Helmeted Honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater’s Possum. This recommendation was supported by the Victorian Government in 2014.
Parks Victoria, together with Greening Australia and Zoos Victoria, developed a draft concept for the Haining Farm in late 2016, with the focus on habitat restoration of 50 hectares of floodplain to provide habitat for two of our critically endangered state emblems - the lowland Leadbeater’s Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater. The concept raised concerns in the community, particularly in relation to the potential for bushfire risk to increase and that dairy farming would cease at Haining Farm.
In response to the concerns of the community, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning committed to better engaging with the community and establishing a community based working group to develop a new plan for the site.
Haining Farm Working Group and 3 concepts
The Haining Farm Working Group has, over the course of 10 workshops, developed two alternative concepts focused on Farming, Conservation, Education and Agri-Tourism at Haining Farm. These concepts are now presented alongside a modified version of the initial Parks Victoria and Greening Australia concept for review and input from the community.
Final Concept Plan developed
After several months of work and significant community engagement led by the Haining Farm Working Group, the final concept plan for Haining Farm has been released.
Follow the link to the Engage Victoria website to view the Government response and the final concept plan: www.engage.vic.gov.au/yellingboconservationarea