Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve


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Welcome to the Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve

The Healesville Freeway reserve between Springvale & Boronia Road is currently in a planning process for alternative use as the road will not proceed. The Community uses sections of this reserve as open space for Active and Passive Recreation. There are also several sections of endangered remnant bushland along the reserve that provide habitat for native animals.

This site aims to keep the community up to date with information regarding the consultation process and help to retain community access to the reserve following the conclusion of the consultation process. To date we have collected almost 5000 signatures (4981 if you think we should be exact) for the petition.

How can you help?

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The result of the view the community expressed at the Action day held on 23rd March was


Overwhelming in favour of retaining the HFR corridor as Open Space


The No 1 issue people voted for as most important wasOpen space at 85% while the VicRoads concept got the least votes at less than 1%


Total Votes – 758

  • Action day votes – 260
  • Face to face – 498 (conducted on 15th, 16th & 22nd March at Vermont South Shopping Center and Brentford Square Shopping Center)

Estimated attendance at the Action Day – 400

Not everyone who attended stayed for the whole time and several people who attended had already voted at the Face to Face and so could not vote again.


Break Up by Concept - 1 Most liked - 5 Least liked

Ranking-       1            2               3               4                       


Australian Labor Party – 100% Open Space






City of Whitehorse Vision – approx 20% Housing






Concept 4 Preservation - 100% Open Space






Low Impact Housing -20% Housing






Vic Roads Shared Path Concept – 60% housing







When - Sunday 23 March 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2.00 pm.

Speeches from 12 noon


Where - George Road end of the Bellbird Dell (Melway 62 J-6)


The aims of this activity are to:

  • Enable the Whitehorse community to view and discuss the Community, Whitehorse Council and ALP concept plans for the development of the Healesville Freeway Reserve
  • Compare the Community, Whitehorse Council and ALP concept plans to those put forward by VicRoads in November 2013
  • Hear the views of our elected representatives (State, Local and Opposition) on the future for the Healesville Freeway Reserve.
  • Assist Whitehorse community members in making informed decisions regarding the future uses and development of this important 35-hectare site.


From 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. all development concepts will be displayed in Bellbird Dell Reserve (George Road entrance, Melway 62 J-6).

From 12 noon political representatives will be asked to make a speech on their views for the future of the reserve and answer questions from members of the community.

A sausage sizzle and refreshments will be provided.


Come along and have your say!




Today Daniel Andrews, Leader of the ALP announced.


If elected in November, the ALP have promised to -
* Retain 100% of the HFR as public open space
* Transfer the management of the reserve to Parks Victoria
* Allocate $650,000 towards a shared path
* Appoint a Committee of Management made up of interested members of the community.
This is a great outcome for the community and safe guards the status of the land forever, protecting it from any future governments attempting to sell it.
We have yet to see, if the Liberal Government will  match the offer.
We now need to make sure this issue is taken to the next state election so the people can vote for what they want. The current government should not under any circumstance sign any contract with any parties before the election. To do so would be to break faith with the community.



  1. ALP announcement -

Daniel Andrews ALP will be making an announcement about the HFR.

When - Tuesday 25th February at 12.00pm.

Location - Davy Lane reserve.

All welcome to attend


  1. Community Action day - The Friends of the HFR are having a 'Community Action Day'.

     When -Sunday 23rd March from 10am – 2pm, with speeches from 12noon onwards.

Location – George Road end of the Bellbird Dell (Melway 62/J6)

It is an opportunity for the community to see all the HFR land use concepts at one place.

There will be Concept displays from VicRoads, Council and the Friends of the HFR

Invited speakers from – State Government, Opposition, Council, VicRoads

Come along, ask questions and give your view on what you want.

Free event, All Welcome!

pptCommunity Action day flyer



Council Concepts

On 28 January 2014, Council resolved to release its vision for the Healesville Freeway Reservation for community consultation. You can read the full details regarding the Council's vision on the Whitehorse Council Website here. Read the Council News Release.


Hard copies of the vision can be viewed at the city’s libraries or at Council’s Customer Service Centres at:

  • Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
  • Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
  • Level 2, Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre, Canterbury Road, Forest Hill 

Comments on the vision can be made by completing an online survey available here.


Council will also be holding a public drop-in session on Thursday 13 February 2014 from 4pm-8pm at Sportlink, 2 Hanover Road, Vermont South where Council officers will be available to discuss the project.


The community will be given an opportunity to provide feedback on the vision by:

  • Completing an online survey.
  • Completing a reply paid hard copy survey, to be returned by 19th February 2014, available from customer service centres and in the Whitehorse Leader.
  • Information can also be obtained and surveys completed at Council’s drop-in session, scheduled from 4pm – 8pm on Thursday 13th February 2014 at Sportlink, 2 Hanover Road, Vermont South (next to the Vermont South Shopping Centre)
  • Surveys can also be completed at our Ward Forum on 18th February.

Following the consultation period, the Strategic Planning Unit will analyse all submissions and report them to Council for consideration of any changes that may need to be made to Council’s Vision in light of the community feedback received.


Please note this is a proposal and can be amended based on feed back at consultation, so if you have any concerns please voice them via the online survey or the face to face session at Sportlink.


Feedback from the Friends of the HFR

To help with getting through the volume of information, the Friends of the HFR have prepared a feedback response to the council’s vision. You can view the feedback here.


Morack Ward Forum

Councillors Raylene Carr and Bill Bennett invite you to attend the first Morack Ward Residents Forum for 2014.


Community Room, Horticultural Centre, 82 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill
Tuesday, 18th February, 2014 – 7.30pm


The forum provides you with an opportunity to meet your Ward Councillors and to comment or ask questions about local community issues that are of concern to you.


Associated Documents

pdfCouncil Letter of introduction

pdfCouncil minutes 28th Jan 2014

pdfCity of Whitehorse Vision & Survey

pdfWard Forum Invitation Feb 2014

pdfFoHFR Feed Back




 pdfConcept 4 Preservation

 pdfConcept 5 'Low impact Housing'


Happy New Year to all, hope it was a good break.

We have been doing some work over the holiday period and have come up with some concepts that better reflect the views we have been hearing from the community.

Community Concepts -

Concept 4 Preservation - with no housing and the Shared path/Biolink


 Concept 5 ‘Low Impact Housing’ - with the Shared Path/Biolink and small pockets of single storey, small foot print affordable houses for first home buyers and people to down size to.

Both the concepts have been attached.


Fund Raising – Thank you to all the people who generously donated money for the cause at the Open Day. It was what enabled us to advertise the issues we were concerned about for the Community workshops. However that used up all the funds we had and so we need to fund raise again, to continue the fight till we get a good outcome for the community.

There are two ways that tax deductable donations can be made for the cause (and with both please stipulate that it is for the ‘Save the HFR campaign’):

1. Cheques can be sent to: The Blackburn & District Environment Protection Fund, PO Box 210, Blackburn VIC 3130.

2. Donations can be made on-line via The direct link to the fund is:

Donors must tick the 'Special Message' box and stipulate that their donation be used for the HFR campaign. Donors will receive a receipt by email with this method.

All donations are tax-deductible via either option.