What is open space?

Open space refers to land that can be used by the community primarily for outdoor recreation and leisure including things like walking, jogging, relaxing, playing, cycling, dog walking and organised sport. Open space is also land used for preserving nature, providing green spaces for the community and local wildlife and managing storm water. These spaces include parks, gardens, waterways, sports fields and even streetscapes. We understand that our open spaces, such as parks and reserves, are important to how you experience where you live, work and play. They are places where you relax, get active, socialise and spend time with families, friends and pets. They are places that reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide, and support a wide range of species right here in our own backyard.

How does Council currently fund open space?

Council currently collects funds through Public Open Space Contribution. When proposing to subdivide land into two or more lots, the landowner is required to make a contribution of 5% of the site value. This is used to create open spaces such as public parks, playgrounds and reserves.

Why do we need an open space plan?

To ensure that our community continues to enjoy Moonee Valley’s open spaces today and into the future, we need to plan to protect, enhance and increase our open spaces.  

Moonee Valley is also growing in population and we need to make sure our open space provides the right amount and quality of open space for our entire community.

Since Moonee Valley’s Open Space Strategy was created in 2009, a lot has changed in the local area, including:

- the creation of Council’s long term vision for Moonee Valley, MV2040

- a significant increase in Moonee Valley’s population

- an increase in apartment living.

This new strategy will assist Council to deliver a comprehensive, connected and well-managed system of open spaces to meet the needs of the community today and into the future