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Melbourne’s Green Future: Preserving Werribee South and Beyond.

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New initiative balances urban development with the protection of agricultural lands and natural spaces, targeting sustainability and livability.

A recent strategy has been introduced focusing on the preservation of Melbourne’s vital green wedge zones, such as Werribee South in Wyndham. This strategy aligns with the objective of constructing additional homes within established suburbs, facilitating access to employment, transportation, and services, while safeguarding valuable agricultural lands and ensuring continued access to natural surroundings.

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The Planning Minister announced the Green Wedge and Agricultural Land Action Plan, demonstrating a commitment to protecting green spaces and agricultural lands surrounding Melbourne. The initiative ensures that the city’s expansion includes development both upwards and outwards, rather than expanding solely outward.

This approach is fundamental for the region’s sustainability, balancing the need for housing and agriculture on the city’s outskirts. It’s crucial for protecting the area’s unique natural landscapes and environments.

With projections indicating Melbourne’s population could match London’s by 2050, a bold target has been set to build 800,000 new homes over the next decade, with 70% planned for existing suburbs.

Green wedge areas like Werribee South are integral to the local economy and contribute significantly to Melbourne’s status as a desirable place to live. These areas, ranging from renowned wine regions to vital market gardens, are essential for the economy and the city’s livability.

The initiative aims to protect lands that account for 41% of the food supply for metropolitan Melbourne, including 80% of its vegetables, along with cultural heritage sites, water catchments, conservation areas, and quarries.

To ensure the lasting protection of these green wedge areas from excessive development and unsuitable uses, planning reforms will be introduced, including regulations specifically for agricultural land use.

Under new legislation, local councils are required to create and periodically update management plans. These plans will guide agricultural practices in ways that reflect the values of the green wedge zones.

The Planning Minister highlighted the significance of green wedges to the economy and quality of life in Melbourne. The Minister emphasized that expanding housing options can be achieved without compromising the integrity of these green areas, underlining a commitment to their protection against overdevelopment.

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