Re: Community Consultation Session - New Belgrave Ambulance Branch Proposal

Ambulance Victoria paramedics have been based at our current Belgrave branch for 12 years with the team providing a 24-hour service within the area for more than five years.

Ambulance Victoria is committed to providing our paramedics a modern, fit-for-purpose branch that will service the local community for years to come.

We are now commencing a feasibility review of a potential site for a new branch at 5 Rutherford Road, Tecoma.

Preliminary concept designs have been developed and Ambulance Victoria would like to invite you to attend a Community Consultation session. At this session you can view plans and have your questions answered about the proposal.

When : Thursday 9th June

Time : 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Upwey Community Hall

Sherbrooke Family & Children's Centre

1443 Burwood Highway, Upwey VIC 3158

At the session you will meet Ambulance Victoria Operational Managers, Belgrave Paramedics, and representatives of our Property Services Department and the Yarra Ranges Council Planning Department.

This session is an opportunity to clarify questions you may have about our service, such as:

How does Ambulance Victoria support our local community?

What does an Ambulance Branch usually look like?

What type of design would be appropriate within the Hills?

What other considerations have been made with regards to this proposal?

How can I share my feedback on the proposal?

Yours sincerely,

Chris Rhodes

A/Property Development Manager | Property Services

Ambulance Victoria



The Tecoma Village Action Group (TVAG) is one of many Township Groups throughout the Dandenong Ranges working to make their township a better place to live and work. TVAG is a member of the Shire of Yarra Ranges Townships Network.      More


About Us


Interested in the future of Tecoma? Would you like to help with improving life in the Hills? Need help or advice pertaining to a development proposal?

Please contact our Membership Secretary

The Tecoma Village Action Group comprises residents living in the area of Tecoma who wish to contribute to the growth of and preservation of the characteristics of our township that draw people to live in this wonderful area of the Dandenong Ranges.

TVAG is a member of the Shire of Yarra Ranges Townships Groups Network and as such represents Tecoma to the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Through this link we are able to apply to Council for funding of Community Projects and be instrumental in developing “Tecoma’s Future”.

TVAG is an Incorporated Association that supports other organisations and events in the region of Tecoma, such as The Hills Food Frontier (FLAME Festival, Community Garden Pathway); Destination Tecoma, and art organisations such as the Tiffaney Bishop Collective and FATSpace.

TVAG is often contacted by residents with concerns about development issues. Through its contacts and experience, TVAG has been able to draw these concerns to the wider community and provide information and support for these concerns. TVAG has supported residents in their concerns all the way to Council and VCAT.

TVAG is an incorporated association of volunteers, members of the community who volunteer their time and experience to represent Tecoma. To be truly representative though, TVAG requires your support through membership and contribution to community discussions.   

TVAG - Who are we?

Now is your chance to tell us why you choose to live, work and play in the Yarra Ranges. Your feedback and the voices of many residents will be used to tell Council what you value about Yarra Ranges’ life and assist in influencing future decisions.

We want to hear what you think is special and unique about the area, so we can preserve and create communities that you want to be a part of.

Your input will further enable Council to advocate to State and Federal Government for improvements in infrastructure, aligning your priorities with Council’s.

The process will culminate with the creation of a community values statement, which will have a key input into the overarching vision statement for Yarra Ranges.

Let us know what you love by visiting our website at www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/mycommunity

Love Yarra Ranges? Be Heard

Ambulance Station - Mark II

Tecoma Village Action Group (TVAG) has been keeping an eye on Tecoma McDonald’s to ensure that they comply with VCAT’s ruling and although it has taken a long time, we now have something concrete to report.

Council’s compliance officer inspected the McDonald’s site in Tecoma on the 20th of April 2016 to conduct an audit of Planning Permit YR-2011/647. A search of Council’s Planning Permit records was also conducted at that time.

The inspection and records search revealed that the site is not compliant with the following conditions of the Planning Permit:

1.    Condition 25. No 'Acoustic Measures’ report has as yet been supplied to Council;

2.    Condition 30. No ‘Lighting Management’ report has as yet been supplied to Council;

  1. 3.   Condition 32b. No signage within the restaurant and adjacent to the drive-through food collection booths, advising patrons to not litter public areas and road reserves, has as yet been erected.

A ‘breach’ letter was sent to McDonalds Australia Limited and the franchisee on the 21st of April 2016, outlining the breaches and requiring compliance with the Planning Permit conditions by the 21st of June 2016.

On the 22nd of June 2016, a further audit was conducted and the franchisee was contacted to ascertain progress with achieving compliance.

This revealed that the ‘Acoustic Measures’ report had been completed, but was yet to be provided to Council. The ‘Lighting Management’ report was yet to be completed. The ‘litter’ signage has been prepared, but was apparently still sitting with McDonalds in Sydney.

Subsequently, a letter was sent to McDonalds Australia Limited and the franchisee advising that if the required reports and signage are not provided and in place by the 31st of August 2016, Council will commence VCAT Enforcement Order proceedings against both McDonalds Australia Limited and the franchisee.

Non-Compliant !!

Big Picture

Yarra Ranges Council is developing a 20 year vision for the region and we want to hear from you. 

What is your vision for the future of Yarra Ranges?

How might Council and the Community work together to make it happen?

Your vision as submitted on this online forum will inform the next council and inform the agenda for four community conferences hosted in August across the region.

Give your feedback today: http://oursay.org/yarraranges/bigpicture