Thursday, April 25, 2024

Victorian plan to better protect Melbourne’s green wedges

The Victorian Government has today unveiled a plan to protect Melbourne’s green wedge areas, complementing the Housing Statement’s plan to build more homes in established suburbs.

Minister for Planning, Sonya Kilkenny released the Green Wedge and Agricultural Land Action Plan, outlining a focus on preserving green wedges and agricultural land on Melbourne’s outskirts, ensuring that as our city grows, homes are being built up and out – not just out.

“From our iconic wine regions to market gardens, our green wedges contribute not only to our economy but make Melbourne one of the best cities in the world to call home,” said Minister Kilkenny.

“More housing doesn’t have to come at the expense of our green wedges – that’s why we’re providing better permanent protection for these areas against over-development.”

The Minister said balancing land use needs on the city’s fringe for both housing and agriculture was essential for Victoria’s sustainability, and to protect the state’s unique natural environment and landscape.

With Melbourne’s population set to reach the size of London by 2050, the Government’s landmark Housing Statement sets an ambitious target of building 800,000 new homes over the next decade, with 70% to be built in established suburbs.

“Melbourne’s green wedges, stretching from iconic wine regions to market gardens in the west, are not only essential to the state’s economy but also makes Melbourne a great place to live,” said Ms Kilkenny.

The plan protects areas responsible for supplying 41% of metropolitan Melbourne’s food needs, including 80% of its vegetables, as well as cultural heritage sites, water catchments, conservation areas and quarries, she said.

Planning reforms are also set to be introduced to provide better permanent protection for green wedge areas against over-development and inappropriate use through controls for agricultural land.

Legislation now requires council to prepare and review management plans which will help inform agricultural activities that are consistent with green-wedge values.

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