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Open Space Strategy

Footscray Park

By 2031, the City's population is forecast to increase by 34,000 people. Approximately 16,000 of new residents are expected in and around Footscray.

The community has rated Parks and Gardens as the 4th most significant issue for Council in the most recent Community Satisfaction Survey. Having access to high quality open space for a variety of leisure and recreational needs is important for the health and wellbeing of residents.

What is Open Space?

Open Space is all publicly owned land that is set aside for recreation, passive outdoor enjoyment and nature conservation. This includes parks, gardens, reserves, waterways and urban plazas.

What is an Open Space Strategy?

Footscray Park

The Open Space Strategy will guide the future provision, design and management of public open space in the City of Maribyrnong over the next 18 years. This includes:

  • Identifying a range of open space functions across the City to ensure the community has access to a variety of leisure and recreational opportunities;
  • Identifying areas of the City in need of open space based on current and future demographics;
  • Detail a capital program of open space improvements;
  • Confirm an open space contribution rate for new developments to assist the provision and funding of new open space.


An initial community survey was mailed to all residents and businesses in the municipality. Submissions closed on 26 July 2013. A total of 2011 responses were recieved. Please see link to survey report below.

Draft Maribyrnong Open Space Strategy

The survey results were considered along with a comprehensive analysis of open space across the City. This information has informed the Draft Maribyrnong Open Space Strategy. Community consultation of the Draft Stategy will be held at the times and dates indicated below.

Consultation Dates and Locations

Date Location Time
Thursday 24 July Footscray Library, Paisley St, Footscray 6pm - 7.30pm
Friday 25 July Footscray Market Food Court, Irving St, Footscray 12noon - 2pm
Saturday 26 July Railway Park, Anderson St, Yarraville 10am - 12noon
Wednesday 16 July Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre, Aquatic Drive, Maribyrnong 6pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 9 July Shorten Reserve Pavilion, Essex Street, West Footscray 6pm - 7.30pm
Saturday 5 July Braybrook Park, Aeroplane Playground, Churchill Ave, Braybrook 10am - 12 noon
Saturday 28 June McNish Reserve, Clare Court, Yarraville 10am - 12 noon

For more information contact:
City Design
9688 0200

All files are in PDF format.


Written or email submissions, using the feedback form in the download section will be recieved up to close of businss
30 July 2014

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