The following is taken from the Moonee Valley Council website. Comparisons between Glen Eira’s and Moonee Valley’s attempts to safeguard social amenity for residents is self-evident.

Planning & Building

Draft master plan and rezoning for Moonee Valley Racecourse

Moonee Valley Racecourse

29 July update

The State Government’s Advisory Committee has commenced a six week consultation process on the Moonee Valley Racecourse revised Master Plan and Council’s proposed heritage controls for the site. Residents living around the site would have received something in the mail from the Advisory Committee.

The community is encouraged to view the documents and put in a submission to the Advisory Committee.

Council is currently working on its own submission as part of this process.

Information sessions

To help the community stay informed and to understand the process, we are holding information sessions at the Clocktower Centre on Mt Alexander Road Moonee Ponds.

Sessions are:

  • Sunday, 11 August, 2pm-4pm
  • Thursday, 15 August, 6.30pm-8.30pm

To RSVP contact 9243 8888 or email

Council continues to be concerned about the major information gaps in the revised version of the Master Plan. These gaps and concerns are summarised below in the 18 June update.

More information on consultation process, how to have your say as well as copies of the Master Plan and heritage amendment documents can be found on the DPCD website.

18 June update

Council has responded to the questions asked by the State Government’s Advisory Committee about the revised racing club’s master plan.

While the revised master plan does make some concessions in terms of the scale of the proposed development, it still does not address some key issues that Council previously raised with the club. There are still concerns that the proposed master plan does not provide enough detail. Some of the gaps include:

Car parking and traffic congestion
The revised plan does not adequately show how the substantial increase in vehicles in the area will be managed. This includes both daily vehicle movements and vehicle movements when events and races are taking place.

Public access and safety
Council has concerns over the proposed access to the racecourse, where the majority of patrons would be funneled through a single entry point.

Layout of the site, new residential buildings and the new grandstand
Council doesn’t feel that the proposed layout is the best outcome for the site, and it is of concern that there would potentially be a negative impact on neighbouring properties.

Lack of significant open space
The location and size of open space within the site is insufficient.

Public transport capacity
The revised plan has still not addressed how the significant increase in demand for public transport in the area would be managed.

Drainage and infrastructure impacts
The site has significant drainage issues that have not been considered in the design of the master plan.

Heritage and significant trees
The proposed development would not retain any important heritage features of the site.

We are now waiting for the Advisory Committee to confirm the next stages in the process and dates of when they will undertake community consultation.