THE City of Whittlesea council is seeking community feedback on a new draft of the Green Wedge Management Plan, following on from last year’s community consultation.
Council last year received feedback on the 10-year plan, with responses stating the wellbeing impacts of green spaces, the environmental significance of natural landscapes, reduced pollution and flood impact, and agricultural jobs were important positive aspects of the City of Whittlesea’s green wedge.
The community was also asked how the green wedge can be protected. All responses were considered to draft the new plan, which is now open for feedback.
Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said council wanted to ensure the plan reflected the priorities of the community.
“From our community consultation last year, we know these spaces are not just environmentally significant but provide our community with opportunities to enjoy recreation and leisure time,” she said.
“Council is committed to protecting our green wedge but also updating our plan to ensure we best represent what our community values.”
About 60 per cent of the land in the City of Whittlesea is protected by the State Government from further urban development, with this ‘green wedge’ made up of national parks, forests, reservoirs, farms, and Aboriginal and European heritage sites. It is also home to nationally significant plants and animals.
In preparation for the Green Wedge Management Plan 2022-2032, more than 100 respondents shared aspects that they value most, including:
Positive effects on wellbeing from enjoying green natural spaces; Environmental significance and natural landscapes such as hills, trees, and waterways; Environmental benefits including reduced air and water pollution and reduced heat or flood impact; Food produced in the area;
Jobs in agriculture and related industries; Other values including cultural and spiritual connections to the land.
“Council has considered all feedback and ideas to help us prepare this draft plan and now we are checking back in with our community to make sure we’ve captured your thoughts,” Ms Wilson said.
The development of the new plan comes off the previous plan adopted by council in 2011.
The Green Wedge Management Plan 2011-2021 contained 89 actions of which 49 have been completed, five are still underway and 30 have become ‘business as usual’ in ongoing council efforts.
The new draft plan opened for feedback yesterday. For more information or to stay updated, visit engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/green-wedge.