Strategic Extractive Resource Areas

Safeguarding Victoria’s resources for future growth

Victoria is growing fast, and we need to secure the rock, gravel and sand required to build the homes and infrastructure to support our rapidly growing population.

Securing extractive resources, particularly in areas close to demand for construction, is a key part of delivering Helping Victoria Grow: Extractive Resources Strategy.

SERA pilot project

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In 2018 the Strategic Extractive Resource Areas (SERA) pilot project was announced in  South Gippsland Shire and Wyndham City, which were both identified as Critical Resource Locations in the Extractive Resources in Victoria: Demand and Supply Study, 2015-2050. The SERA pilot project is a collaboration between the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Wyndham City Council and South Gippsland Shire Council.

The SERA pilot project is seeking to ensure ongoing access to the resources needed to build this infrastructure while considering other existing land uses, environmental assets and community interests.

The SERA pilot project will trial the practical use of planning controls to secure the extractive resources that Victoria needs and provide certainty to the community.

South Gippsland Shire produced 13 per cent of all sand and gravel production in Victoria in 2018/19. By 2050, South Gippsland is expected to be Greater Melbourne's largest supplier of sand.

The City of Wyndham produced 12 per cent of all hard rock in Victoria in 2018/19. Between 2015 and 2050, cumulative demand for Wyndham hard rock is forecast to be 160 million tonnes.

It’s vital to secure the extractive resources that Victoria needs in coming decades as population grows and the demand for housing and infrastructure increases. The SERA pilot project is trialling the practical use of planning controls to achieve this safeguard and provide certainty to the Victorian community. Community members will be invited to provide input into draft planning provisions for the pilot project. Updates will be published on this website.

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Page last updated: 08 Jun 2021