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Open Space Strategy

Footscray Park

By 2031, the City's population is forcasted to increase by 34,000 people, of this 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 well being 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 10 to 15 years. This includes:

  • A comprehensive assessment of open space in the City
  • Identifying areas of the City in need of open space based on current and future demographics
  • Identifying a range of open space functions across the City to ensure the community has access to a variety of leisure and recreational opportunities
  • Deliver a robust 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


A survey was mailed to every property in the municipality. Submissions closed on 26 July 2013

What happens after the survey?

The survey results will be considered along with a comprehensive analysis of open space throughout the municipality. This will be presented in an Issues Paper which will inform the preperation of the Draft Strategy.


  • Issues Paper - August 2013
  • Draft Strategy - December 2013
  • Final Strategy - June 2014

The existing Open Space Strategy, adopted by Council in August 2006, is attached below.

For more information contact:
City Design
9688 0200

All files are in PDF format.

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