Rural Hinterland Futures


Surf Coast Shire Council has prepared a Hinterland Strategy with a vision, five key objectives and thirty eight priority actions to provide clear strategic directions for the rural areas of the Shire that respects the Shire's environment and scenic landscapes.

View the Rural Hinterland Futures Strategy Final Draft(PDF, 11MB)

Council exhibited the Draft Hinterland Futures Strategy in 2018 and held a Hearing of Submissions on 2 October 2018. The adoption of the Strategy was then considered at the Ordinary Council meeting on 23 October 2018.

At that meeting, Council resolved to undertake further work on a number of matters in response to submissions including:

  • elevating the primacy of rural production
  • emphasising the protection of environmental values and the natural environment
  • additional work on bushfire risk
  • changes to clarify maps
  • adding definitions
  • introducing principles to guide decision-making on tourist-focussed development and land use conflict. 

You can view the minutes of the October meeting and previous documents under “Related Information” on this page.

Council has now revised the Strategy in accordance with the October 2018 Council resolution and worked with the CFA on the incorporation of bushfire risk. 

If submitters wish to make further comments on the new version of the strategy, email clearly marked “Rural Hinterland Futures Strategy” or write to:

Strategic Land Use Planning Co-ordinator
Surf Coast Shire Council
1 Merrijig Drive
Torquay Vic 3228

Submissions close 4 April 2019.