How do we create a liveable Melbourne?

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20-minute neighbourhood - Creating a more liveable Melbourne report

In August 2019, the ‘Creating a More Liveable Melbourne’ 20-minute neighbourhoods report was released. The report was developed based on the outcomes from the 2018 20-minute neighbourhood pilot program. It details the benefits of creating walkable 20-minute neighbourhoods, along with key findings and recommendations. It establishes a ‘roadmap’ for government to deliver 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Cover of report

Report findings

The recommendations found in the report are grouped into themes:

  • Policy - embedding 20-minute neighbourhoods in decision-making
  • Place - guidance to design liveable places
  • Partnerships - connecting government, industry, and communities.

The 20-minute neighbourhoods team has been working to implement these recommendations through a range of projects.

Our current work

Municipal strategic planning project

The Municipal Strategic Planning Project (MSPP) is delivering better planning for Neighbourhood Activity Centres .

$70,000 grants will support activity centre network planning across five different municipalities.

DELWP is excited to be partnering with the metro councils for:

  • Banyule
  • Darebin
  • Maroondah
  • Moonee Valley
  • Whittlesea.

A competitive expressions of interest process preceded the selection of partner councils.

MSPP projects will test new neighbourhood planning tools and approaches on-the-ground. Partner councils have designed their projects to meet local needs and priorities.

MSPP projects will also inform the development of state guidance. The partnerships will help to ensure future guidance is robust and fit-for purpose.

On May 11, 2022 DELWP hosted an webinar for councils ahead of expressions of interest being due. The webinar is available below and provides further information about the MSPP.

Municipal strategic planning project (MSPP) EOI information webinar

For more information about the Municipal Strategic Planning Project, please email

MapIt! design competition

The MapIt! design competition is running for the second time in 2022. The competition asks Year 7/8 students from across Victoria to get out and assess their local area against the 20-minute neighbourhood hallmarks and ideas around liveability.

The students then submit a design entry to reinvent their neighbourhood. The 2022 competition winners will be announced shortly.

More information on the MapIt! design competition can be found at Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc.

Image shows students at the last competition holding up certificates

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Page last updated: 31/01/23