COUNCILS in Mornington, the Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges and the Bellarine Peninsula will get $25,000 to help with planning.Victorian planning minister Matthew Guy said the regions were distinctive in their own way and the planning statements being prepared were steps to protect attributes for the future.
"These areas have significant geographic and physical features which contribute to the quality of life for all Melburnians and Victorians," Mr Guy said.
"The Yarra Valley alone plays a key role as a tourist destination, leading wine region and enjoys a reputation as a provider of sustainable and high-quality produce.
"On Melbournes doorstep, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas boast strong economies based on their coastal resort towns, tourist development and rural lifestyle.
"Further inland the Macedon Ranges Shire is characterised by its unique landscapes which attract thousands of visitors each year as well as world class agribusiness exporting a range of local produce from bees to beef and grapes to grains."
Each council will receive $25,000 to help with community engagement and the consultation process to ensure many views are heard and priorities made for planning strategies.