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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

Consultation for the Draft Open Space Strategy is closed, all submissions received will be analysed and will form part of the final Open Space strategy to be presented to Council. Thanks to all who submitted responses.

For more information contact:
City Design
9688 0200

All files are in PDF format.

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