FORMER premier John Brumby has backed changes made to the urban growth boundary by the Baillieu Government. This is despite claims by Labor that Melbourne's green wedges would fall victim to development.
Mr Brumby, speaking at the Grattan Institute last night, said the Baillieu Government's planning policy was similar to his one.
"The policy remains broadly unchanged, I think going forward, subject to some fine tuning," he said.
Mr Brumby said his government had attempted to encourage development near existing transport, such as the ill-fated Camberwell station project.
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