THE City of Whittlesea will develop a new Green Wedge Management Plan following the conclusion of the previous 10-year strategy.
The previous plan, endorsed in July 2011, detailed 84 actions relation to land, biodiversity, water and people in the ‘green wedge’, or non-urban areas of the City of Whittlesea.
A summary of the outcomes of the plan was presented to the most recent council meeting, and included successful outcomes such as protection of the environment, establishment of a farmers and makers market, and support for local business.
Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the achievements over the past 10 years had been significant.
“The green wedge is vitally important to the City of Whittlesea from a liveability, economic and environmental perspective. In fact, the green wedge represents approximately 61 per cent of our municipality,” she said.
Highlights of the 2011-21 plan include setting up Whittlesea Community Farm and Food Collective as a pilot program, supporting businesses through campaigns such as Dinner on Us, Shop Local, Choose your Own Adventure and Winter Weekends, and developing a four-year plan to roll out way finding and interpretive signage for council’s conservation reserves.
The plan also included successful advocating to the State Government for a business case on the potential development of the Melbourne Food and Innovation Export Hub and submission to the Planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedges and Agricultural Land review project.
The South Morang Farmers and Makers Market was launched, and further understanding of needs and perceptions was achieved for neighbourhood parks and community groups.
The plan also saw the formation of a partnership with Deakin University to undertake a land capability assessment, as well as to undertake research into climate resilient agriculture to assist farmers in adapting to a changing climate.
Ms Wilson said the plan had delivered important outcomes for the community and it would continue to do so.
“While we reflect on what has been achieved over the past decade, I’m pleased we are now turning out sights to what else we can do over the next 10 years,” she said.
“I look forward to seeing a draft Green Wedge Management Plan shortly that will set us up for further success.”
The new Green Wedge Management Plan 2022-32 is being drafted following community consultation last year and will be available for community feedback in the next few months.
Opportunities to submit feedback on the new plan will soon be available on engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au.