Kingston Council is thrilled to confirm that the Minister has approved Council’s long-awaited C143 Planning Amendment – which will eradicate the waste industry and protect the Green Wedge for generations to come.
What is a Green Wedge?
Green Wedges are the non-urban areas of metropolitan Melbourne that sit outside the Urban Growth Boundary and were first identified in the 1960s. There are 12 Green Wedge areas in Melbourne, spanning 17 Local Government Areas which collectively form a ring around the Melbourne metropolitan area. Kingston has developed a Green Wedge Plan to identify a vision, objectives and actions for the sustainable use and development of each green wedge.
Where and how big is Kingston’s Green Wedge?
Kingston City Council’s Green Wedge is 2070 hectares – that’s about the size of 1035 MCG’s.
It extends roughly from Karkarook Park to Braeside Park, with two small areas of land in Aspendale Gardens/Waterways and Patterson Lakes. Within the Kingston Green Wedge there are over 400 land parcels or allotments, of which approximately 49% of allotments are less than 1hectare (ha) and 73% of allotments are less than 4ha.
Who owns Kingston’s Green Wedge?
Karkarook Park and Braeside Park are both owned and managed by Parks Victoria and Moorabbin Airport is leased to the Commonwealth on a 99 year agreement. After taking these three significant parcels of land out of the equation, the remaining Green Wedge is 66 per cent held by private owners, 20 per cent held by the State and 14 per cent held by local government.
What is in Kingston’s Green Wedge?
Some of the current major land uses within Kingston Green Wedge include:
What is the plan for Kingston’s Green Wedge?
In recognition of the substantial variation in the land and conditions of each green wedge, a requirement for councils to prepare Green Wedge Management Plans was introduced by the State Government (as part of the Melbourne 2030 strategy).
The purpose of a Green Wedge Management Plan is to identify a vision, objectives and actions for the sustainable use and development of each green wedge.
Kingston’s Green Wedge Plan was developed in 2012, with input received from more than 1,100 people during the consultation process.
The Plan, developed by consultants Planisphere, identifies the values and features of the Green Wedge, the preferred land uses and the environmental and natural resources contained within it.
In development of the Green Wedge Plan the Council community identified many issues and opportunities for Kingston’s Green Wedge including:
- managing existing landfills and heavy industry to minimise impacts;
- achieving the ‘Chain of Parks’ concept of open spaces linked by walking and cycling trails;
- providing all types of recreational areas;
- protecting areas of environmental significance; and
- identifying and encouraging new agriculture and other ‘green’ uses.
When will the Green Wedge Plan be implemented?
Realising Kingston’s Green Wedge Plan will not happen quickly, it is a long term strategic investment that will take decades to realise in entirety. Implementation of the Green Wedge Plan will involve collaboration between Council, the State Government and other agencies; and decisions on the Green Wedge will in many instances require support and funding from external parties.