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


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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?

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

Plastic Bag Free Dandenong Ranges was officially launched in July 2016 at Burrinja Cultural Centre. In the morning a Sewing Bee was held with around 50 community volunteers pitching in to help make reusable bags - cutting, pinning, ironing and sewing. At least 60 fabulous bags were made out of donated material, with over 100 pre-cut bags taken home to be worked on later. In the afternoon the film 'Bag It' was screened - an American documentary following one man's problems with plastic. This was followed by a Q&A from representatives from Hills township groups, PBFDR, and Plastic Bag Free Warburton. In fact, PBFW have been a huge inspiration - their campaign to eliminate plastic bags started over a year ago, and they have already seen a significant drop in use. There is also Plastic Bag Free Healesville who are working hard to remind people of the dangers of plastic bags to our environment. 

Australians use 10.6 million plastic bags every day. Most of those are only used for 12 minutes. Every year 30 - 50 million bags end up in our creeks, parks and oceans, killing tens of thousands of animals and marine life. 

The Dandenong Ranges is home to some of the world's most unique and amazing creatures - the platypus and the lyrebird, for example - so we must work together, as a community, to protect and sustain this important place we're lucky enough to call home. We shall soon be launching our Boomerang Bags project - placing the reusable bags that have been made in local shops, so that customers can borrow one and return it next time, rather than using plastic. It's a very exciting campaign, and we've had 100% positive reactions from both community members and traders. Together we can get rid of plastic, and protect our beautiful hills. 

Keep up to date with what is going on here:


Plastic Bag Free Dandenong Ranges