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Background documents

A background document (previously referred to as ‘reference document’) provides information that helps to explain why a particular policy or provision has been included in the planning scheme. A background document is not part of the planning scheme and must not be directly relied upon for decision making. If a background document contains content that is necessary for decision making (such as strategies or decision guidelines) then these are extracted and placed in the relevant policy or control within the Planning Scheme.

These background documents, including the planning scheme amendment which introduced them, are listed at the schedule to Clause 72.08 of the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme. There are also documents which are state or regional level incorporated documents, and are available at Clause 72.08.

Incorporated documents are different to background documents, and can be viewed here. They are documents which need to be read in conjunction with the planning scheme for the effect of the scheme to be understood.

Mount Alexander’s Background Documents have been grouped into relevant themes and are listed and available below:

Economic Development

Name of Background document Author Year
Castlemaine Commercial Centre Study SGS Economics & Planning 2012
Maldon Economic Design Strategy Geoff Sanderson & Associates 1998
Maldon Economic Futures Project, Final Report Essential Economics 2008
Mount Alexander Shire Council Economic Development Strategy 2013-2017 Mount Alexander Shire Council 2013
Victory Market Precinct Castlemaine Urban Consulting Group 1997

Environment, biodiversity and landscape

Name of background document Author Year
Box-Ironbark Forests & Woodlands Investigation, Final Report Environment Conservation Council 2001
Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park Management Plan Parks Victoria 2007
Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan North Central Catchment Management Authority 2015
Castlemaine Landfill Odour and Buffer Assessment GHD 2016
Loddon Mallee Region - Regional Bushfire Planning Assessment Department of Planning and Community Development 2012
Mount Alexander Roadside Conservation Management Plan, 2012-2017 Rakali Ecological Consulting 2012
Mount Alexander Shire Council Environment Strategy and Action Plan, 2011-2014 Environmental Advisory Committee 2010
Mount Alexander Shire Council State of the Environment Report, 2010 Environmental Advisory Committee 2010
Mount Alexander Shire Municipal Fire Prevention Plan 2012-2014 Mount Alexander Shire Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee 2012
Swift Parrot Habitat Management Plan, Threatened Species Network Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment 2001
Trees & Gardens from the Goldmining Era: A Study of the Maldon Landscape Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Department of Crown Lands and Survey 1981

Flooding and water catchments

Name of background document Author Year
Draft North Central Regional Waterway Strategy 2014-2022 North Central Catchment Management Authority 2014
Lake Eppalock Catchment and Land Capability Assessment and Planning Project Report Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 North Central Catchment Management Authority 2000
Mount Alexander Shire Domestic Wastewater Management Plan, 2012-2015 Mount Alexander Shire Council 2012
North Central Floodplain Management Plan North Central Catchment Management Authority 2018
North Central Regional Catchment Management Strategy 2013-2019 North Central Catchment Management Authority 2013


Name of background document Author Year
Advertising Signs and Signage and Street Furniture for the Shire of Maldon Andrew Ward 1984
Chewton Conservation Study, Part 1 & Part 2 Loder & Bayly 1977
City of Castlemaine Architectural & Historical Study, Part 1 & Part 2 Perrott Lyon Mathieson Pty Ltd 1979
Forest Street to Forest Creek Heritage Assessment Report Mount Alexander Shire Council, Mandy Jean, David Moloney and Castlemaine Historical Society 2016
Former Shire of Newstead Heritage Study Jacobs, Taylor, Ballinger, Johnson and Rowe 2004
Heritage and Property Valuations in the Shire of Maldon Countrywide Valuers in association with Trevor Budge & Associates 1992
Historic Mining sites in the Castlemaine/Fryers Creek Mining Divisions David Bannear 1993
Historic Mining sites in the Maldon Mining Division David Bannear 1993
Maldon Conservation Study Jacobs Lewis Vines Architects 1977
Maldon Historic Reserve Management Plan Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands 1988
Metcalf Conservation Study Karen Twigg & Wendy Jacobs 1994
Mount Alexander Shire Heritage Strategy, 2012-2016 Mount Alexander Shire Heritage Advisory Committee 2012
The Burra Charter: Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance Australia ICOMOS 2013
Victory Park Conservation Management Plan Allom Lovell & Associates 1997


Name of background document Author Year
Mount Alexander Planning Scheme Development Plan Overlay Review Regional Planning Services 2009
Review of Restructure Overlays in the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme Centrum Town Planning 2007

Rural Land

Name of background document Author Year
Mount Alexander Rural Living Strategy Research Planning Design Group 2006
Mount Alexander Shire Council Rural Land Study EnPlan 2014


Name of background document Author Year
Calder Highway Strategy, Part 1 & Part 2 VicRoads 1995
Car Parking Study Andrew O’Brien & Associates Pty Ltd 1997
Castlemaine Railway Precinct Masterplan Rush\wright Associates 2004
Mount Alexander Shire Walking and Cycling Strategy, 2010-2020 Mount Alexander Shire Council 2010

Urban design

Name of background document Author Year
Castlemaine Central Area Urban Design Framework Planit 2002
Castlemaine Townscape Improvement Plan, Building Guidelines for the Central Business Area, Part 1 Part 2, Part 3 , Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10 Trevor Westmore 1990
Castlemaine Urban Design Strategy Geoff Sanderson & Associates 1998
Chewton Urban Design Framework Michael Smith & Associates 2008
Chewton Urban Design Framework Addendum Report Phillip DeAraugo 2010
Harcourt Town Centre Master Plan SJB Urban 2011
Maldon Design Guidelines Mount Alexander Shire Council 1998
Maldon Urban Design Framework, Part 1 and Part 2 Arup 2004
Wesley Hill Business Park Urban Design & Landscape Guidelines CPG 2010

Urban development and town-based studies

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