The Open Space for Everyone strategy has been developed to guide all levels of government in the planning, management and delivery of a quality open space network over the next 30 years.

It will achieve this by fostering a coordinated approach by state and local governments, Traditional Owner groups, communities, researchers and businesses to protect existing open space, apply innovation to make use of other types of public land, and create new metropolitan parks and trails.

The Victorian Government has already invested more than $230 million to reinforce Melbourne as the parks capital of Australia, including through the Suburban Parks Program.

The strategy

Now more than ever, Melburnians appreciate the importance of spending time in our city’s open space. It connects us to nature, provides a variety of health and wellbeing benefits, builds our city’s resilience to climate change, fosters economic prosperity and maintains healthy biodiversity.

Melburnians are the beneficiaries of a magnificent planning legacy that prioritised green open space. But access to quality, open space, is not equitable across the city.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 identifies the need to strengthen Melbourne’s open space network to ensure all Melburnians receive the social, health and wellbeing, financial and environmental benefits well-planned, designed and managed public space provides.

Further information about the Open Space for Everyone strategy

Page last updated: 28/04/22