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Brimbank Green Wedge
Management Plan
Adopted by the Brimbank City Council Planning Committee
3 August 2010

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Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan 2010
Contents
1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY................................................................................................................1
2 STATE CONTEXT..........................................................................................................................3
3 SUNBURY GREEN WEDGE
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3.1 K
EY FEATURES AND VALUES FOR
M
ELBOURNE
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3.2 P
LANNING AND MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES
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4 BACKGROUND TO THE BRIMBANK GREEN WEDGE MANAGEMENT PLAN........................7
4.1 S
TRUCTURE
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4.2 P
URPOSE
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4.3 H
ISTORY
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4.4 P
OLICY CONTEXT
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4.5 B
RIMBANK
G
REEN
W
EDGE
M
ANAGEMENT
P
LAN
S
TEERING
C
OMMITTEE
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4.6 C
ONSULTATION
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5 VISION AND OBJECTIVES.........................................................................................................15
6 CHALLENGES FOR THE BRIMBANK GREEN WEDGE...........................................................16
7 THEMES.......................................................................................................................................17
A. B
IODIVERSITY
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B. W
ATER
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C. C
ULTURAL HERITAGE
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D. L
ANDSCAPE
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E. R
ECREATION
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F. A
GRICULTURE
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G. R
URAL LIVING
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H. T
OURISM
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I. N
ON
-
GREEN WEDGE USES
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J. I
NFRASTRUCTURE
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K. C
OMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
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8 IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW
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8.1 G
REEN
W
EDGE
M
ANAGEMENT
P
LAN
R
EFERENCE
G
ROUP
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8.2 P
LANNING
P
ROVISIONS
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8.3 R
EVIEW
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8.4 P
ROGRESS
I
NDICATORS
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APPENDIX 1 – LAND USE PRECINCTS............................................................................................44
APPENDIX 2 – PROPOSED ZONE CHANGES..................................................................................45
APPENDIX 3 – COMMUNITY COMMENTS TO BACKGROUND PAPER.........................................46

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1 Executive Summary
Melbourne’s green wedges make an important contribution to the liveability, economic strength and
environmental health of Melbourne. The
Melbourne 2030
vision for green wedges is to encourage
their proper management and to protect them for non-urban uses.
The Sunbury Green Wedge is one of 12 Green Wedges identified in the
Melbourne 2030
. The
Sunbury Green Wedge covers the non-urban areas of the City of Hume, surrounding urban Sunbury
and Bulla, and extends into a small part of Brimbank.
The Brimbank component of the Sunbury Green Wedge (the Brimbank Green Wedge) includes the
land known as the “North of the Calder Non-Urban Area”. While relatively small, the Brimbank Green
Wedge contains a number of environmental assets as well as areas used for horticulture, recreation
and low density housing.
The purpose of the Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan is:
To establish a vision and set of objectives for the Brimbank component of the Sunbury
Green Wedge shared by all levels of government, land owners, land managers and the
community.
To identify a set of policies, programs and actions that support the ongoing sustainable
management of the Brimbank Green Wedge.
The Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan was prepared in consultation with the
community and was overseen by a Steering Committee composed of:
Brimbank City Council – Councillors (x3)
Brimbank City Council – Manager of Planning
Brimbank City Council – Conservation Coordinator
Brimbank City Council – Economic Development Officer
Hume City Council – Senior Strategic Planner
DPCD – Project Manager Green Wedge Management Plans
DPCD – Metropolitan Planning Services
DSE – Biodiversity Officer
DPI – Community Relationship Manager
PPWCMA – Local Government Program Coordinator
Melbourne Water – Diversions Manager
Parks Victoria – Ranger In Charge Organ Pipes National Park
Parks Victoria – Strategic Planner Urban Parks
Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley
Keilor Historical Society
Green Wedges Coalition
Land Owners (x4)
The shared vision for the Brimbank Green Wedge is as follows:
In 2030 the Brimbank Green Wedge will be valued and enjoyed by the community for its
rural atmosphere, rich biodiversity, cultural heritage and scenic landscape. Land owners
will be supported to adjust to change and pursue sustainable land management
practices, including innovative farming schemes that take advantage of emerging
opportunities and local markets.
Key challenges for achieving the above vision include lack of access to a sustainable and affordable
water supply, the marginal status of the horticulture precinct in the context of an increasingly
corporatized agriculture industry, funding for implementation and coordination across government and
with the community.

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The key directions contained in the Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan include:
Re-enforcement of current State Government planning provisions that limit residential
development to single dwellings on allotments.
Investigate expansion of the Oakbank Road rural living precinct under specified conditions.
Recognition of the region’s water supply issues by supporting initiatives aimed at increasing water
supply and managing demand.
Coordination of conservation activities across government departments and with the community.
Facilitation of development of a habitat corridor along the Maribyrnong River and an open space /
recreation corridor connecting Brimbank Park to Organ Pipes National Park.
Promotion of the area’s indigenous and European cultural heritage.
Application of planning scheme provisions aimed at protecting significant views and ensuring
development is consistent with green wedge values.
Re-enforcement of the agricultural role of the Keilor Market Gardens with an emphasis on
facilitating lifestyle farming and supporting local farmers to adjust to change.
Support for a local tourist industry based around local produce and eco-tourism experiences.
Limitation of non-green wedge uses to the existing sites and facilities (in accordance with existing
masterplans and approvals)
Support for active community involvement in planning, projects and decision making for the area.
Establishment of an external advisory group responsible for overseeing the implementation,
monitoring and review of the Green Wedge Management Plan.

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2 State Context
Melbourne has a significant influence on areas immediately around the metropolitan area and well
beyond into the surrounding countryside. In October 2002 the State Government introduced
Melbourne 2030
, a 30-year plan to manage growth and change across metropolitan Melbourne and
the surrounding region. A major direction of this strategy was to provide for a more compact city and
limit outward urban growth. The strategy formally identified 12 green wedges surrounding
metropolitan Melbourne. The
Melbourne 2030
vision for green wedges is to encourage their proper
management and to protect them for non-urban uses.
Melbourne’s green wedges make a major contribution to the liveability, economic strength and
environmental health of Melbourne and fulfil a range of roles including:
agricultural production
conservation and biodiversity areas close to the city
natural ecosystem services such as water catchments
providing and safeguarding sites for infrastructure that supports urban areas (such as airports
and sewage treatment plants)
allowing industries such as sand and stone extraction to operate close to major markets
rural and scenic landscapes
enabling the development of networks of open space
providing opportunities for diverse tourism and recreation
Maintaining the values and features inherent in the non-urban areas surrounding the built up areas of
Melbourne is crucial to the future prosperity and liveability of the city. However, many of these
features also make the green wedges a target for activities that threaten these characteristics,
including population growth and a range of commercial and industrial purposes that can take
advantage of large land parcels, cheaper land or an attractive setting.
Protection and management of green wedge areas is becoming increasingly important in the context
of climate change, water and fire management, a more sophisticated understanding of sustainability
principles and practice, structural adjustment across the farming sector, increasing food transport
costs and the rapid population growth of Melbourne.
The Government has introduced the following planning changes as part of its commitment to protect
green wedges and manage Melbourne’s outward growth:
Establishment of the Urban Growth Boundary to better manage outward expansion and facilitate
the achievement of a more compact city.
Introduction of three new green wedge zones (Green Wedge Zone, Green Wedge A Zone and
Rural Conservation Zone) to tighten the range of uses that are allowed in green wedges so that
uses better suited to urban areas are directed to locations inside the UGB.
Core Planning Provisions (Clause 57) were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions and
applied universally to green wedge land to restrict or prohibit certain land uses and to limit the
subdivision of land.
The Planning and Environment (Metropolitan Green Wedge Protection) Act 2003 introduced the
requirement for a positive resolution of both Houses of Parliament before the UGB can be
changed or for a planning scheme amendment to allow green wedge land to be subdivided into
more lots or smaller lots than allowed for in the planning scheme. This legislation also required
planning authorities to consult with and be authorised by the Minister for Planning before
preparing an amendment applying to green wedge land or to change the UGB.
The State Government is working with Councils and communities to ensure the proper protection,
management and planning of these areas through the development of Green Wedge Management
Plans (GWMPs). A GWMP is a Council adopted strategy that identifies a vision, objectives and
actions to effectively manage the sustainable use and development of each green wedge and to
provide a clear land management direction.
Green Wedge Management Plans provide an opportunity for a whole of government approach in
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reflects the wider context of land use and natural resource planning and management objectives for
the region.
While the green wedges share a range of common values and characteristics, each green wedge
also has its own unique values and characteristics that will require a tailored management approach.
The following section outlines the key features and values of the Sunbury Green Wedge and the role
and objectives for this green wedge in the context of Melbourne. The Sunbury Green Wedge consists
of green wedge land in the municipalities of Hume and Brimbank. In the context of the Green Wedge
Management Plans being prepared by both councils, the land is referred to, for convenience, as
either the Brimbank Green Wedge or the Hume Green Wedge. The Brimbank Green Wedge and the
Hume Green Wedge collectively make up the Sunbury Green Wedge.
In December 2008 the State Government released
Melbourne @ 5 Million
and announced a proposal
for the expansion of the outer Melbourne Urban Growth Boundary in order to accommodate additional
urban growth. Areas to be considered for inclusion within the growth areas were designated as
‘investigation areas’. The change to Urban Growth Boundary and designation of the final growth
areas was announced in June 2009 as part of the State Government’s
Delivering Melbourne’s
Newest Sustainable Communities
.
Under the
Melbourne @ 5 Million
and
Delivering Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Communities
statements, no change was made to the Urban Growth Boundary or Green Wedge area in Brimbank.

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3 Sunbury Green Wedge
3.1 Key features and values for Melbourne
This green wedge includes volcanic plains and low plateaus dissected by deeply cut stream
channels, particularly those of the Maribyrnong River and its tributaries. It contains the large
township of Sunbury and the smaller town of Bulla within their own discrete Urban Growth
Boundaries. The Sunbury Green Wedge abuts the Western Plains North Green Wedge to the west
and, narrowly, the Whittlesea Green Wedge to the east. It also abuts the northern growth area
centred on Craigieburn and the Hume Highway corridor.
Melbourne Airport is a key feature in the southern part of the green wedge, and its flight-paths
constrain development options in some nearby areas. The Maribyrnong River and Valley are
important natural features which provide future opportunities for habitat restoration and recreation.
The green wedge also supports important regional quarries, conservation reserves, heritage sites and
landscape features. Farming activities include traditional market gardening on rich alluvial flats and a
growing equine industry as well as broad-acre grazing. Noxious weeds are a particular land
management challenge.
From a metropolitan wide perspective, the key features and values of this green wedge include:
High quality agricultural land
The alluvial flats feature fertile soil. Challenges include
declining water quality and supply. The proximity of the
Keilor flats to Melbourne presents an important market
opportunity.
Parklands
Woodlands Historic Park and Organ Pipes National
Park are important regional assets hosted in the green
wedge. In the context of an area where substantial
native vegetation remnants are rare, the habitat values
of these parks and other smaller reserves are
particularly important.
Areas of significant landscape value
The steeply incised valleys of the Maribyrnong River
and its tributaries Jacksons and Deep Creeks provide
significant landscape values in the form of scenic views
across the Valley and a sense of seclusion along the
Valley floor. The streams also provide habitat for a
variety of important fauna species. Low hills in the
north of the green wedge provide contrasting landscape
elements.
Melbourne Airport and related flight paths
Melbourne Airport, on Commonwealth land, enjoys
curfew-free operation because of effective control over
development close to the site and along critical flight
paths. The green wedge has a key function in
protecting the operational safety and flexibility of the
airport as a State significant commercial and tourism
facility and gateway for Melbourne.

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Rural lifestyle opportunities
A sustainable, rural lifestyle is a major benefit of living in
the green wedge. Lifestyle values include access to
open space and clean air, opportunities for farming and
hobby farming, and proximity to parks, reserves and
areas of high environmental value. The rural values of
the green wedge provide a sense of peace, tranquillity
and separation from the urban environment.
3.2 Planning and management objectives
Maintain opportunities for extensive and intensive agriculture and protect productive
agricultural land from incompatible uses and inappropriate development (including non-soil
based farming on land with high soil quality) and subdivision.
Protect remnant natural ecosystems and areas of environmental quality, especially around
Woodlands Historic Park and along watercourses.
Maintain existing wildlife corridors and develop new corridors where possible
Protect the State significant operations of Melbourne Airport, including protecting current and
foreseeable flight paths from development that could constrain the long-term functionality of
the airport as a freight and passenger gateway for Melbourne.
Encourage tourism that can take advantage of existing facilities and features, ensure
protection of existing facilities and manage off site effects appropriately.
Protect streams from run-off contaminated by sediment, nutrients and other pollutants
derived from inappropriate land management.
Support systematic and strategic programs to eradicate invasive noxious weeds and pest
animals, especially (but not only) rabbits, Serrated Tussock and Artichoke Thistle.
Maximise the potential to utilise recycled wastewater for agricultural and other sustainable
purposes.
Recognise and respond to identified and other potential implications of projected climate
change.
Recognise and appropriately provide for villages and townships in the green wedge to
support the agricultural, tourism and other non-urban functions of the green wedge.
Protect rural lifestyle values such as open space and landscapes, hobby farms and
sustainable living, and proximity to parks, reserves and areas of high environmental value.
Protect and enhance sites of Indigenous and European cultural heritage.
Encourage the development of networks of open space.

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4 Background to the Brimbank Green Wedge
Management Plan
4.1 Structure
The Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan has been developed in two parts:
The
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan Background Paper;
The
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan.
The
Background Paper
provides an overview of the study area and relevant local and state
government policies and a summary of current activities, issues, physical and community
characteristics and opportunities for each of the Plan’s eleven (11) themes.
The
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan
(this document) outlines a vision and set of
objectives for the Brimbank component of the Sunbury Green Wedge (the Brimbank Green
Wedge) and sets out the directions and actions Council will take to enhance the sustainability
of the area.
4.2 Purpose
Purpose
To establish a vision and set of objectives for the Brimbank component of the Sunbury G
Green Wedge shared by all levels of government, land owners, land managers and the c
community.
To identify a set of policies, programs and actions that support the ongoing sustainable ma
management of the Brimbank Green Wedge. Th
The purpose of the Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan is to provide a clear direction for fu
future land use and management which is consistent with broader metropolitan strategies. The Pl
Plan articulates a series of policy directions and actions for Council aimed at achieving su
sustainable management of the area. Th
The Plan includes a broad range of regulatory and non-regulatory implementation actions and ha
has been developed in accordance with the State Government’s
General Practice Note: Pr
Preparing a Green Wedge Management Plan.Th
The State Government’s metropolitan strategy,
Melbourne 2030
identifies a series of Green We
Wedges throughout metropolitan Melbourne.
Melbourne 2030
provides for the protection and pr
proper management of Green Wedges from non-urban uses.
Melbourne 2030
recognises that gr
green wedges fulfil a range of roles that include: P
Providing opportunities for agricultural uses, such as market gardening, viticulture and ro
broad hectare farming Pr
Preserving rural and scenic landscapes re
Preserving renewable and non-renewable resources and natural areas (such as water ch
catchments) ov
Providing and safeguarding sites for infrastructure that support urban areas (such as or
airports and sewage plants) ow
Allowing industries such as sand and stone extraction to operate close to major markets li
Enabling development of networks of open space di
Providing opportunities for tourism and recreation bu
The Sunbury Green Wedge is one of 12 Green Wedges identified in
Melbourne 2030
. The G
Sunbury Green Wedge covers the non-urban areas of the City of Hume and extends into a ar
small part of Brimbank.

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The Brimbank component of the Sunbury Green Wedge (the Brimbank Green Wedge) includes
the land known as the “North of the Calder Non-Urban Area”. While relatively small, the
Brimbank Green Wedge contains a number of environmental assets as well as areas used for
horticulture, recreation and low density housing.
A full profile of the physical and community characteristics of the Brimbank Green Wedge is
provided in the
Background Paper.
Maps showing the location of the Brimbank Green Wedge in the context of the municipality and
the Western Region are provided at Figures 1 and 2. A framework plan for the area which
identifies the future land use precincts is also provided at Appendix 1
.
Figure 1: Melbourne’s Green Wedges in the Western Region
(Source: DPCD)
Brimbank Green Wedge

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Figure 2: Location of Brimbank Green Wedge

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4.3 History
Strategic planning for the Brimbank Green Wedge commenced in 2003 when land owners
from the Keilor Market Gardens requested a planning scheme amendment (Amendment C59)
to allow for the subdivision of the existing 29 allotments into 61 new lots with an average area
of 1.3 hectares. This proposal conflicts with current State Government planning policies
which prohibit residential development outside the Urban Growth Boundary and in areas
affected by significant aircraft noise. Consequently, Council resolved to not pursue the
amendment until completion of detailed investigations into the issues and opportunities for
the area under the
North of the Calder Non-Urban Land Review
.
The
North of the Calder Non-Urban Land Review
was completed in 2006 and consists of five
(5) reports:
i.
North of the Calder Non-urban Land Review, Part 1: Background Report
(2005)
ii.
North of the Calder Non-urban Land Review, Part 2: Options and Evaluation Report
(2006)
iii.
Horticultural Characteristics of the Keilor District
(2005)
iv.
Social & Economic Impact Assessment: North of Calder Non Urban Land
(2006)
v.
Independent Review of the Horticultural Characteristics of the Keilor District
(2005)
The
Review
assessed a number of options for the area, including recommending the
following:
P
Precinct One (Calder Park Raceway, Organ Pipes National Park, Sydenham Park, K
Keilor Golf Course):
No increase in housing, potential for non-soil based agricultural, o
open space retention
r
Precinct Two (Oakbank Road rural living precinct):o
Some scope for non-urban ho
housing expansion, recognition of landscape features, potential for open space linkages, tr
transport/infrastructure constraints. P
e
Precinct Three (Keilor Market Gardens, Overnewton Road precinct):n
Continued or
horticulture, avoidance of land use conflict associated with increased housing ev
development, resolution of existing planning inconsistencies on the school sites.
ol
Following completion of the
Review
, Council resolved to prepare a Green Wedge an
Management Plan for the area based on the findings of the
Review Part 1
and
Part 2
reports i
(i & ii) and the
Social and Economic Impact Assessment (iv).
Council also resolved to prepare n
an amendment to the Brimbank Planning Scheme to change the zoning of Sydenham Park ro
from Green Wedge and Rural Conservation to Public Park and Recreation to reflect the ar
park’s public land ownership and future public use. Council also resolved to investigate he
whether an environmental significance overlay should be applied to any part of the Park to ns
ensure that future development preserves and enhances the Park’s environmental values. d
A detailed summary of the history, policy context and environmental and community ha
characteristics of the Brimbank Green Wedge is contained in the
Background Report om
completed in March 2009.

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4.4 Policy context
The
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan
has been prepared taking into account the
following policies and strategies:
Federal Government
E
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (1999) S
State Government
e
Melbourne 2030: Planning for Sustainable Growth (2002) P
a
Planning for all of Melbourne: The Victorian Government Response to the Melbourne 03
2030 Audit (2008) Me
b
Melbourne 2030: A Planning Update - Melbourne @ 5 Million (2008) el
v
Delivering Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Communities (2008) ne
a
General Practice Note: Preparing a Green Wedge Management Plan (2005) to
i
Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management – a Framework for Action (2002) ri
g
Securing our Natural Future – A white paper for land and biodiversity at a tie of climate (
change (2009) nv
r
Our Environment, Our Future (2006) te
,
Our Water, Our Future (2004) er
Out Water, Our Future: The Next Stage of the Plan (2007) ar
i
Future Farming Strategy (2008) F
u
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 a
Port Philip and Westernport Catchment Management Authorityip
a
Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Catchment Management Strategy 2004 – 2009 rt
(2004) p
n
Port Phillip and Westernport Native Vegetation Plan (2006) er
Melbourne Waterte
Melbourne Water Supply-Demand Strategy 2006 – 2055 (2006) an
Port Phillip and Westernport River Health Strategy (2005) il
Hume City Councilge
Hume Green Wedge: A Sustainable Lifestyle Landscape (2007) un
Brimbank City Councilit
Brimbank Community Plan (2008) g
c
Brimbank Planning Scheme (1998) er
N
North of the Calder Non-Urban Land Review (
including associated reports) (2005-2006)We
4.5 Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan Steering Committee Br
Preparation of the Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan was overseen by a Steering of
Committee composed of representatives from: ci
Brimbank City Council – Councillors (x3) il
Brimbank City Council – Manager of Planning l
Brimbank City Council – Conservation Coordinator –
Brimbank City Council – Economic Development Officer ni
Hume City Council – Senior Strategic Planner Gr
DPCD – Project Manager Green Wedge Management Plans ni
DPCD – Metropolitan Planning Services r
DSE – Biodiversity Officer ip
DPI – Community Relationship Manager ro
PPWCMA – Local Government Program Coordinator M
Melbourne Water – Diversions Manager ar
Parks Victoria – Ranger In Charge Organ Pipes National Park nn
Parks Victoria – Strategic Planner Urban Parks ey
Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley en
Keilor Historical Society ne
Green Wedges Coalition 捴㰾
Land Owners (x4)

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4.6 Consultation
A variety of consultation activities took place during preparation of the
North of the Calder
Review
, the
Brimbank Community Plan
and the
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan
with land owners
,
business operators, government departments and agencies, community
groups and residents. These activities included workshops, information sessions, feedback
forms and circulation of draft documents for community comment.
4.6.1
North of the Calder Non-Urban Land Review
A number of consultation activities took place a part of the
North of the Calder Non-Urban
Land Review
which was completed in 2006. These included telephone and mailed surveys,
workshops, information sessions and circulation of draft reports.
The
North of the Calder Non-Urban Land Review
was overseen by a Steering Committee
composed of a variety of community and government representatives. A number of the
community representatives on the North of the Calder Non-Urban Land Review Steering
Committee continued their involvement in planning for the area through their membership on
the project Steering Committee for the Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan.
4.6.2
Brimbank Community Plan
In 2008 Council undertook consultation for development of the
Brimbank Community Plan
.
Consultation activities included workshops with local residents, submission of feedback forms,
a visioning summit and stakeholder forums.
Two workshops were held in Keilor Village (April and July 2008) which focussed on issues and
opportunities for Keilor and surrounds, including the Brimbank Green Wedge.
The final Community Plan includes five (5) Local Area Plans that are based on the outcomes of
the community consultation. These Local Area Plans outline specific priorities for Brimbank’s
different neighbourhoods. The Brimbank Green Wedge is divided between Local Area 1 and 2.
The relevant priorities from these Local Area Plans include:
Resolving amenity impacts associated with Somerset Quarry
Establishing sustainable use of the Brimbank Green Wedge area, especially the Keilor
Market Gardens
Addressing landscape change along the Maribyrnong Valley
Providing an integrated, efficient, accessible and effective public transport and active
transport network
4.6.3
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan Background Paper
The draft Background Paper was circulated to all land owners and relevant community and
government stakeholders. Ten (10) submissions were received.
A summary of the outcomes from the community consultation conducted during the
North of the
Calder Non-Urban Land Review
, the
Brimbank Community Plan
and in response to the
Background Paper
is provided below. A more detailed summary of the community’s comments
in response to the draft
Background Paper
is provided at Appendix 3
.
Two workshops were also held with the project Steering Committee to enable the Committee to
provide input into the
Plan
’s vision, objectives and actions. A number of land owners who were
not formal members of the Committee also attended the second workshop and contributed to
the process.

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4.6.4
Consultation Outcomes
During the consultation activities conducted between 2005 and 2009, the community identified
a series of vision statements, values, challenges and opportunities:
Vision:
The continued improvement of the area based on “triple bottom line” principles – e
environmental care, social equity, economic opportunity
Creation of a linear park system along the Maribyrnong River A
Alternative development of the Keilor Market Gardens for either rural residential, open pa
space, commercial, education or sports related uses A
A unique area that will be developed into a National Park t
A tourist precinct where the area’s indigenous heritage is promoted ha
“That future generations will always be able to enjoy the peace and serenity of the if
magnificent Maribyrnong River and Jacksons Creek” es
Values: ty
“City meets country lifestyle” ar
The area’s proximity to the CBD re
The area’s history, cultural heritage, public recreation and conservation assets en
The scenic values of the Maribyrnong Valley and the views from the Calder Freeway t
entering the city k
The lack of development which has allowed native wildlife to thrive s:
Challenges: ng
Developing a coherent and funded strategy to improve the area lo
Securing long term tenants in the horticulture area nd
The cost and time involved in managing large blocks of rural land independently e
Managing the visual impact of development on the escarpment, including Somerset Quarry oo
The area’s poor accessibility and infrastructure services us
Identifying sustainable long term land uses for the area l
Reducing social isolation ee
Managing pest weeds and animals and revegetating the area ra
Lack of public transport to the Keilor Golf Course le
Sourcing affordable fit for purpose water ts
Managing the impacts of climate change n
Obtaining permission to subdivide ei
“Resurrecting” the Keilor Market Gardens op
Resisting urban development of the Keilor Market Gardens o
Determining the future of horticulture in the area fi
Managing increased traffic in
Opportunities: c
Developing an open space corridor along the Maribyrnong River ns
Improving transport options to recreation facilities in the area rd
Redeveloping the Market Gardens for housing, open space or recreation el
Maintaining the current level of residential development vi
Increasing conservation activities, including weed control and revegetation nd
Assisting land owners with land management plans and conservation activities ar
Exploring use of recycled or harvested water for agricultural uses e
Conserving and re-using heritage buildings and places in the area nt
Developing a cultural visitor centre and interpretative trails e
Enhancing opportunities for nature tourism and passive recreation y
Educating the community, especially new residents about land management and weed in
control ro
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4.6.5
Response to community comments about the Keilor Market Gardens
Throughout the
North of the Calder Non-Urban Land Review
and the development of the
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan
, land owners expressed a preference for
increased residential development in the Keilor Market Gardens. In particular, in 2003 land
owners requested that the Brimbank Planning Scheme be amended to allow the existing 29
market garden allotments to be subdivided into 61 new lots with an average area of 1.3
hectares. This proposal conflicts with current State Government planning policies which
discourage residential development outside the Urban Growth Boundary and in areas
affected by significant aircraft noise. In particular, Section 46AF of the Planning and
Environment Act specifically requires any amendment to the Planning Scheme that has the
effect of allowing land to be subdivided into more or smaller lots to be ratified by Parliament.
Therefore, while the challenges associated with horticulture production (as identified by the
landowners) are acknowledged, increased residential densities is not considered a viable or
sustainable solution for the area for the following reasons:
Increasing residential densities would conflict with best practice sustainable development p
principles and
Melbourne 2030’s
aims to curb urban sprawl by focusing future residential d
development in established or designated growth areas.
The area is subject to substantial aircraft noise due to its position beneath existing and fu
future flight paths. Therefore, increasing residential densities would conflict with Clause 12
12.02-2 of the State Planning Policy Framework which seeks to preserve the curfew free st
status of Melbourne Airport. C
Conflict is likely to arise between residential and horticulture uses, limiting the amenity of ny
any additional residential lots and undermining any potential farming opportunities. Th
The area experiences low residential amenity due to its poor vehicle access and lack of mm
community and infrastructure services (such as sewage, gas, broadband, public transport d
and community and commercial facilities). Increasing residential densities will exacerbate es
these issues, generating substantial servicing costs to government and the community. ur
Current planning legislation overtly discourages residential subdivision in green wedge as
areas by requiring any amendment that enables increased residential subdivision outside U
the Urban Growth Boundary to be ratified by Parliament.

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5 Vision and objectives
The following vision and objectives were developed taking into account the current policy
context in which the Green Wedge Management Plan operates and the consultation
conducted with the community and the Steering Committee:
Vision
In 2030 the Brimbank Green Wedge will be valued and enjoyed by the community for its
rural atmosphere, rich biodiversity, cultural heritage and scenic landscape. Land owners
will be supported to adjust to change and pursue sustainable land management
practices, including innovative farming schemes that take advantage of emerging
opportunities and local markets.
Objectives
A. Biodiversity -
Greater biodiversity achieved through coordinated and sustainable land
management practices, protection of environmentally significant areas and the active
development of a habitat corridor along the Maribyrnong River.
B. Water
– Sustainable water use and management that provides sufficient supply for
environmental flows as well as the area’s agricultural, recreation and residential uses.
C. Cultural heritage –
Greater protection and community recognition of the area’s
Indigenous and European cultural heritage.
D. Landscape
– Protection and enhancement of the Maribyrnong Valley’s rural atmosphere
and scenic landscape.
E. Recreation
– Provision of environmentally sensitive recreation spaces that enhance
community access to the area’s natural features and cultural heritage.
F. Agriculture
– A resilient, productive farming precinct that supports lifestyle farming and
takes advantage of emerging opportunities and local markets.
G. Rural living –
Controlled residential development within the limits of the area’s existing
capacity and constraints that provides a high amenity rural lifestyle and which protects
the environmental qualities of the Maribyrnong valley.
H. Tourism
– Development of a vibrant, identifiable tourist precinct that provides access to
and promotes local produce and eco-tourism experiences.
I. Non-rural uses
– Containment of non-rural uses to the existing sites and facilities to
protect the integrity, environmental and landscape qualities of the green wedge area.
J. Infrastructure
– Provision of safe and efficient transport networks and improved access
to telecommunications services.
K. Community Involvement
– Coordination of activities across government agencies with
the active participation of an informed, engaged community.
These objectives are not always consistent with one another. In some cases Council will need
to balance these objectives when making decisions.

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6 Challenges for the Brimbank Green Wedge
A number of challenges exist for the Brimbank Green Wedge and, in particular, the ongoing
sustainability of the Keilor Market Gardens. These challenges include:
Water availability:
The ongoing viability of agricultural production in the Keilor Market Gardens is significantly challenged
by the lack of access to affordable water for irrigation. With the recent sustained drought conditions,
irrigators have been unable to access their water allocations from the Maribyrnong River. As a result,
over the last ten (10) years, many farmers purchased urban water to sustain their crops which has
placed pressure on their financial sustainability.
Overall, lack of access to a sustainable and affordable water supply presents a significant challenge
to achieving the State Government’s Planning and Management Objectives for the Sunbury Green
Wedge (see Section 3.2) and the vision and objectives of this Brimbank Green Wedge Management
Plan.
On-going viability of farming:
As well as access to water, farming in the area is also challenged by declining soil conditions and the
difficulty in achieving economies of scale given the small size of the Keilor Market Gardens precinct.
The additional costs associated with the smaller production scales and the use of urban water has
reduced the market competitiveness of the region in the context of an increasingly corporatized
agriculture industry. As a result, many fields remain uncultivated as farmers leave the area and seek
out more viable farming opportunities elsewhere.
Without public investment in infrastructure as well as policy and program support for peri-urban
agriculture, the financial feasibility and competitiveness of commercial farming in the area is likely to
continue to decline. This is likely to generate increased pressure for alternative land uses which do
not support green wedge values.
Commitment and coordination across government:
Improving the area’s land and habitat values relies on the coordination of projects and activities
across State and Local Government. In particular, coordination of investment and conservation
activities is required in order to develop new habitat and recreation corridors through the area.
Commitment from across State and Local Government departments and agencies is also required in
the form of policy initiatives that re-enforce the vision for the Green Wedge and increased funding for
strategic planning assessments and infrastructure.

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7 Themes

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A. Biodiversity
The Brimbank Green Wedge is within the Victorian Volcanic Plains Bioregion and supports a range of
threatened species and ecosystems. Opportunities to enhance the area’s biodiversity assets include improving
coordination across government and the community, reducing the fragmentation of public land management,
developing a connected habitat corridor along the Maribyrnong River, developing innovative revegetation
techniques, enhancing community understanding of best practice conservation and land management principles
and increasing monitoring of biodiversity values.
Objective (20 years)
Greater biodiversity achieved through coordinated and sustainable land management practices, protection of
environmentally significant areas and the active development of a habitat corridor along the Maribyrnong River
Features
Values
Riparian vegetation along the Maribyrnong River, including a relatively intact over-storey of River
Red Gums
Environmental,
Social
Remnant areas of Plains Grasslands vegetation at McNabbs Weir, Sydenham Park and Organ
Pipes National Park
Environmental,
Social
Escarpment shrubland vegetation on the valley slopes
Environmental
In stream vegetation and aquatic life
Environmental
Threatened fauna and flora, especially within Organ Pipes National Park
Environmental
Wildlife at Sydenham Park and surrounds including kangaroos, platypus, wombats and bird life Environmental,
Social
Directions (20 years)
Support development of a habitat corridor along the Maribyrnong River
Support development of a recreation corridor connecting Brimbank Park to Organ Pipes National Park (that
potentially utilizes the river corridor in parts)
Support the coordination of conservation activities including pest plant and animal control across
government, non-government organisations and the community
Support increased monitoring of biodiversity values and improved coordination of monitoring activities
across government and non-government organisations
Support innovative approaches to land management and revegetation.
Support community involvement in conservation activities
Support planning provisions that increase protection for sites of environmental significance
Ensure new development is sited and designed to minimise environmental impacts on the Maribyrnong
River and valley.
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead
Council
Department
External
partners
Timing Resources
required
A1 Advocate for development of a government
agency coordination group for the
Maribyrnong Valley. Utilise the Group to:
Identify priority issues and actions
Coordinate monitoring of natural assets
and biodiversity values.
Coordinate advocacy initiatives
Coordinate funding submissions for joint
conservation projects
Environment PPWCMA
Hume City
Council
Melbourne Water
Parks Victoria
DPI
DSE
Ongoing Internal
resources
Theme A: Biodiversity
Action Plan (4 years)

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# Action
Lead
Council
Department
External
partners
Timing Resources
required
Melbourne
Airport
A2 Liaise regularly with Hume City Council to
coordinate conservation activities, cross
promote field days and community events
and administer joint projects
Environment Hume City
Council
Ongoing Internal
resources
A3 Hold and participate in networking
opportunities that facilitate the coordination
of conservation activities
Environment PPWCMA
Melbourne Water
DSE
Hume City
Council
Melton Shire
Council
Ongoing Internal
resources
A4 Prepare and implement a Biodiversity
Strategy that sets out priorities for
conservation activities and a process for
monitoring the biodiversity values of Council
reserves
Environment DSE
2009/10 $ (funds
already
allocated in
Council
budget)
A5 Participate in regional conservation works
and activities
Environment PPWCMA
DSE
Local
Government
Melbourne Water
Ongoing Internal
resources
A6 Assess the feasibility of developing a
recreation and habitat corridor through the
Brimbank Green Wedge that connects
Brimbank Park to Organ Pipes National
Park. Include an assessment of
opportunities to transfer environmentally
significant riparian and escarpment land into
public ownership.
Urban Design DSE
Parks Victoria
Melbourne Water
VicRoads
2010/11
$
A7 Develop a program of coordinated action on
public and private land aimed at improving
the biodiversity values of escarpments
Environment Hume City
Council
CMA
Melbourne Water
Melbourne
Airport
2010/11 $$
A8 Complete Amendment C53 which proposes
to include sites of biological significance in
an Environmental Significance Overlay
Strategic
Planning
DSE
2010/11 $
A9 Include a local policy in the revised MSS
requiring approval of a Land Management
Plan by Council as a condition of approval
for new development in the green wedge
Strategic
Planning
N/A
Ongoing Internal
A10 Continue to undertake weed and pest
animal control on Council land.
Environment Melbourne Water
Parks Victoria
Ongoing Internal
resources

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# Action
Lead
Council
Department
External
partners
Timing Resources
required
A11 Review Council’s local laws to ensure they
do not conflict with the protection of
biodiversity, especially in relation to fire
abatement and burn off controls
City
Compliance
MFB
2010/11 Internal
A12 Investigate opportunities to secure legal
access to publicly owned land locked sites
Environment
/ Property N/A
2010/11 Internal
A13 Develop a pilot / research project in
partnership with Victoria University to
determine effective revegetation
techniques, especially for direct seeding
Environment Victoria
University
2010/11 $$
A14 Facilitate establishment of community
Rabbit Action Groups
Environment Hume City
Council
Parks Victoria
2009/10 Internal
resources
A15 Actively pursue corporate volunteers to
participate in conservation activities
Environment N/A
Ongoing Internal
resources
A16 Hold environmental land management
seminars and field days for local land
owners and residents
Environment DSE
DPI
PPWCMA
Melbourne Water
Hume City
Council
2010/11 $
A17 Continue to administer the Sustainable
Land Management Incentive Scheme which
provides financial assistance for
environmental works on private land.
Coordinate the scheme with Melbourne
Water’s River Health Incentives Programs
and target specific, high priority
environmental problems as they arise.
Environment Melbourne Water Ongoing $$
(annually)
A18 Support private land owners to prepare 5
year Land Management Plans.
Environment Land owners Ongoing Internal
resources
A19 Engage students at Overnewton College
and Lowther Hall in conservation activities
Environment Overnewton
College
Lowther Hall
Ongoing Internal
resources
A20 Develop regular community newsletters that
update land owners on current
environmental, land management and
biodiversity projects, activities and grant
opportunities.
Environment N/A
2010/11 $
A21 Advocate for improved environmental
management of Somerset Quarry
Strategic
Planning
Hume City
Council
Ongoing Internal
resources
A22 Support land owners access financial
support for environmental works, including
native vegetation offsets
Environment N/A
Ongoing Internal
resources
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
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B. Water
The availability of fit for purpose water is a key challenge for the Brimbank Green Wedge. Due to the recent
drought conditions farmers have been unable to access their full water entitlements and, therefore, often utilise
urban water for irrigation. This significantly increases the costs of production, thereby reducing the
competitiveness of the Keilor Market Gardens compared to other farming regions in Victoria. In addition,
according to local producers salinity levels in the Maribyrnong River have increased in recent years leading to
reductions in soil quality and crop output.
Opportunities for improving water access and quality include investigating alternative water sources and
advocating for improved environmental management of discharges into the catchment. In addition, opportunity
exists to require developers and new operators to identify their water needs during the planning permit
application process, thereby ensuring their water access and discharge needs can be met without
compromising the health of the catchment.
Objective (20 years)
Sustainable water use and management that provides sufficient supply for environmental flows as well as the
area’s agricultural, recreation and residential uses
Features
Values
Aquatic and stream bank habitat provided by the Maribyrnong River and Jacksons Creek
Environmental
Landscape values of the Maribyrnong River
Social
Water harvesting available for irrigation during times of high flows
Environmental
Directions (20 years)
Support low water consumption activities and discourage uses with high water needs
Support increased water quality monitoring and river health activities
Support the preparation of a Plan for the Upper Maribyrnong Catchment that sets out a program of
conservation and monitoring activities for the Maribyrnong River and its tributaries
Support waterway management initiatives that seek to replicate the catchment’s natural conditions and cycles
Support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of water discharged in the catchment
Ensure Council allocates water strategically to uses that enhance the sustainability of the municipality
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
B1 Investigate the feasibility of implementing a
water harvesting and re-use scheme to supply
water to the Keilor Market Gardens
Environment Melbourne Water
City West Water
2011/12 $$
B2 Advocate for development of a diversion
compliance program for diverters in the
Brimbank Green Wedge
Strategic
Planning
Melbourne Water Ongoing Internal
resources
B3 Advocate for a review of water discharges
from the Sunbury Treatment Plant and farm
activities to determine their impact on the
health of the catchment
Strategic
Planning
Melbourne Water
Western Water
EPA
Ongoing Internal
resources
B4 Continue to monitor water quality through
Waterwatch
Environment Melbourne Water Ongoing Internal
resources
B5 Include a local policy in the revised MSS
aimed at ensuring a water assessment and
water plan is completed for new water
intensive uses. The Plan should show how the
Strategic
Planning
Melbourne Water 2010/11 Internal
resources
Theme B: Water
Action Plan (4 years)

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# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
water consumption and discharge needs of
the new use will be met without compromising
the health of the catchment
B6 Ensure new development incorporates storm
water harvesting and treatment measures to
minimise negative environmental impacts on
the health of the Maribyrnong River
Statutory
Planning
N/A
Ongoing Internal
resources
B7 Develop a Water Strategy that sets out
priorities and criteria for the allocation of
Council’s water resources
Environment Melbourne Water
City West Water
2009/10 $
B8 Advocate for the regular review of the
effectiveness of existing fish ladders
Environment Melbourne Water 2010/11 Internal
resources
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
Planning and Environment Act 1987.

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C. Cultural heritage
The Brimbank Green Wedge has a rich history expressed through the various sites of European and Aboriginal
cultural heritage including Robertson’s Homestead, the Arundel Road Bridge, Overnewton Castle and the
former Keilor Police station. Opportunity exists to increase community knowledge of the area’s history and
heritage places in partnership with the traditional land owners and local historical societies through conservation
and heritage promotion projects.
Objective (20 years)
Greater protection and community recognition of the area’s Indigenous and European cultural heritage
Features
Values
Sites of Aboriginal cultural heritage significance including bone and stone artefacts, scar trees and
silcrete quarries
Social
Sites of European cultural heritage significance associated with the areas pastoral and horticultural
history
Social
Historical values of the Keilor Market Gardens
Social
Directions (20 years)
Support the conservation and re-use of historic buildings and places
Support the protection and promotion of the area’s Indigenous heritage in consultation with the region’s
traditional land owners
Support activities that increase community awareness of the area’s history and encourage community
participation in conservation activities
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
C1 Undertake structural repairs to Robertson’s
Homestead to facilitate its future re-use and
investigate workforce training programs as
a part of future renovations
Property /
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 $$$$
C2 Continue to offer financial assistance for
repair and restoration works to private
heritage properties as part of the Brimbank
Heritage Assistance Fund
Strategic
Planning
N/A
Ongoing $$
(annually)
C3 Incorporate interpretive displays and
heritage trails as part of any public access
through the area
Urban Design Wurundjeri Tribe
Land Cultural
Heritage Council
Aboriginal Affairs
Victoria
As
required
$$$$
C4 In consultation with the local indigenous
community, investigate the feasibility of
developing an Aboriginal Keeping Place at
Sydenham Park or Organ Pipes National
Park
Community
Planning and
Development
Parks Victoria
Wurundjeri Tribe
Land Cultural
Heritage Council
Aboriginal Affairs
Victoria
Ongoing $$
C5 Administer or support an oral histories
project for the Keilor Market Gardens
Arts & Culture
Historical
societies
2010/11 $
C6 Establish a heritage promotion program that Arts & Culture N/A
2011/12 $$$
Theme C: Cultural Heritage
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# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
includes, amongst other things:
support and capacity building for
historical societies
promotion of the municipality’s history,
including the history of the Green
Wedge, through programs, publications
and events
(annually)
C7 Continue to inform the community about the
area’s history as a part of environmental
education and conservation activities
Environment Historical
societies
Wurundjeri Tribe
Land Cultural
Heritage Council
Ongoing Internal
resources
C8 Hold or facilitate Aboriginal Cultural
Heritage seminars with the relevant
indigenous representatives for community
members, government and non-government
organisations
Community
Planning and
Development
Wurundjeri Tribe
Aboriginal Affairs
Victoria
2010/11 Internal
resources
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
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D. Landscape
The area’s scenic views and rural atmosphere are highly valued by the community. Opportunity exists to protect
these landscape qualities by ensuring new development integrates within the landscape and does not
compromise view corridors to key features such as the city skyline. Other opportunities include beautifying the
Calder Freeway through tree planting and public art and working with private land owners to revegetate highly
visible features such as Somerset Quarry and Calder Park Raceway.
Objective (20 years)
Protection and enhancement of the Maribyrnong Valley’s rural atmosphere and scenic landscape
Features
Values
Views of grassy plains, rocky outcrops and lava flows from Organ Pipes National Park
Social
Views across the Maribyrnong Valley to the distant mountain ranges from Sydenham Park
Social
Views from the Calder Freeway across the grassy plains to the airport and city skyline
Social
The Maribyrnong Valley’s natural qualities and dramatic landscape
Social
The patchwork landscape of the Keilor Market Gardens
Social
The unspoilt qualities of the Maribyrnong River and the seclusion from urban development
experienced from the valley floor
Social
Directions (20 years)
Protect escarpments and other highly visible areas from visually intrusive development
Protect and enhance the views from the Calder Freeway to the Maribyrnong Valley, City Skyline and airport
Support increased community access to the area’s scenic qualities
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
D1 Apply a Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO)
or Design and Development Overlay (DDO) to
protect views to and within the Maribyrnong
Valley (especially highly visible landscapes)
from inappropriate development
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 $$
D2 Apply a Design and Development Overlay to
the Calder Freeway corridor to protect
significant views of the Maribyrnong Valley,
City skyline and airport and protect the
corridor from unsympathetic advertising signs
Strategic
Planning
VicRoads 2010/11 $$
D3 Explore opportunities to incorporate viewing
platforms into the design and development of
Sydenham Park
Urban Design N/A
When
required
$$$$
D4 Assess the feasibility of developing a
recreation corridor through the Brimbank
Green Wedge that connects Brimbank Park to
Organ Pipes National Park (see Action A6)
Urban Design N/A
2009/10
(funds permitting) $
D5 Undertake a program of tree planting and
landscaping along the Calder Freeway to
improve the appearance of the corridor
Urban Design VicRoads 2011/12 $$$
D6 Work with the City of Hume to improve the Strategic
Hume City Ongoing Internal
Theme D: Landscape
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# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
appearance of Somerset Quarry
Planning
Council
resources
D7 Work with the owners of Calder Park
Raceway to improve the external appearance
of the facility through planning provisions and
landscaping
Strategic
Planning
Calder Park
Raceway
2010/11 Internal
resources
D8 Support development of public art along the
Calder Freeway and the Sydenham Train Line
that enhances the entrance to Melbourne
without compromising the area’s landscape
values.
Arts & Culture VicRoads 2011/12 $$
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
Planning and Environment Act 1987.

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E. Recreation
The Keilor Golf Course and Organ Pipes National Park are the main recreation facilities currently operative in
the Brimbank Green Wedge. In the future opportunity exists to increase public access to the area’s natural and
scenic qualities by developing an open space corridor that links Brimbank Park and Organ Pipes National Park.
In addition, opportunity exists to open Sydenham Park to the community for passive recreation such as bush
walking, bird watching and picnics. While the
Sydenham Park Strategy Plan 2004
proposes development of
sports grounds on the top of the escarpment, opportunity exists to review this proposal in terms of long term
public management, community need and environmental and financial sustainability.
Objective (20 years)
Provision of environmentally sensitive recreation spaces that enhance community access to the area’s natural
features and cultural heritage
Features
Values
The recreational opportunities presented by the area’s natural setting and biodiversity values Social
The walking trails and picnic spots within Organ Pipes National Park
Social
Keilor Golf Course and the Model Aircraft Society
Social
Canoeing and fishing opportunities along the Maribyrnong River
Social
Directions (20 years)
Support development of facilities for passive recreation activities
Support development of walking and cycling paths across the Calder Freeway and through the Brimbank
Green Wedge that connect Brimbank Park to Organ Pipes National Park
Discourage further expansion of sports facilities beyond the existing uses unless a full and thorough
assessment determines that significant community need exists for the proposed facility or expansion
Support the activities of walking groups and other recreation clubs who utilise the Brimbank Green Wedge
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
E1
Review the
Sydenham Park Strategy Plan
2004
, especially in terms of community
need for active and passive recreation
spaces and the environmental and financial
sustainability of the proposed facilities
Urban Design N/A
2011/12 $
E2 Advocate for provision of walking and
cycling connections across the Calder
Freeway into the green wedge as part of the
proposed Kings Road, Calder Park Drive
and Sunshine Avenue interchanges
Engineering VicRoads
As
required
Internal
resources
E3 Rezone Sydenham Park from Green
Wedge and Rural Conservation to Public
Park and Recreation or Public Conservation
and Resource to reflect the site’s public
land ownership and future public use (see
Appendix 2
). Inclusion of planning
provisions such as an Incorporated Plan
that prevents further subdivision of the site.
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
resources
E4 Rezone Caroline Chisholm Reserve on
Flora Street from Rural Conservation to
Public Park and Recreation to reflect the
sites public land ownership and current use
as a recreation reserve (see Appendix 2
).
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
resources
Theme E: Recreation
Action Plan (4 years)

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# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
Inclusion of planning provisions such as an
Incorporated Plan that prevents further
subdivision of the site.
E5 Rezone the Keilor Golf Course and
associated driving range from Rural
Conservation to Public Park and Recreation
to reflect the current use of the land (see
Appendix 2
). Inclusion of planning
provisions such as an Incorporated Plan
that prevents further subdivision of the site.
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
resources
E6 Investigate options to expand recreation
activities along the Maribyrnong River as
part of the
Sydenham Park Strategy Plan
2004
review (as per Action E1)
Urban Design N/A
2010/11 $
E7 Advocate for increased bus services and
bus stops that provide access to the area’s
passive and active recreation facilities
Engineering DoT
Bus operators
Ongoing Internal
resources
E8 Continue to support walking groups and
other recreation clubs
Leisure
VicHealth
DPCD – Sport
and recreation
Ongoing Internal
resources
E9 Continue to pursue water re-use schemes
to irrigate the Keilor Golf Course
Environment City West Water 2009 –
2011 $$$$
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
Planning and Environment Act 1987.

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F. Agriculture
The Brimbank Green Wedge has a long history of horticulture activity focused in the Keilor Market Gardens.
Maintaining the area’s agricultural role is a key State Government objective for the Brimbank and larger
Sunbury Green Wedge.
Over recent years production has been challenged by the lack of a secure, affordable and fit for purpose water
supply, declining soil conditions and the marginal status of the Keilor Market Gardens compared to other
regions. Despite these challenges the fertile soils along the river flats and the area’s proximity to urban
populations and regional markets provide opportunity to maintain agricultural production in the area. Given the
constraints imposed by State Government airport and green wedge policies that limit further subdivision, it is
likely that future agriculture production will occur by lifestyle or hobby farmers who do not rely on agricultural
output for the primary income. The Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan provides for lifestyle farming
opportunities by supporting the development of single dwellings on existing vacant allotments on the condition
that the design and development of new housing does not compromise the health of the catchment.
The viability of agriculture could also be enhanced by supporting farmers adjust to the changing environmental
and market conditions, promoting the region’s strengths and by investigating new forms of production and farm
enterprises. Some countries secure agricultural land uses by enabling rural owners to transfer their
development rights to land owners in areas identified for growth and change. This transfer of development
rights utilises rights as currency, compensating rural land owners for restrictions to the development potential of
their land. Transferable development rights are not enabled by the Victorian planning system.
Objective (20 years)
A resilient, productive farming precinct that supports lifestyle farming and takes advantage of emerging
opportunities and local markets
Features
Values
Rich soil of the river flats which support intensive horticulture
Economic
Proximity of food production to urban populations
Economic
Directions (20 years)
Support horticulture production in the Keilor Market Gardens, including lifestyle farming, and discourage
alternative, conflicting uses in this area
Support and promote new and innovative agricultural land uses and alternative crops – e.g. Native seed
production
Support development of value adding processes such as cutting, processing and packaging
Support development of a brand / local identity to enhance marketing opportunities for the region
Support land owners access business and financial training and advice
Encourage farmers to improve soil and vegetation management and support them to improve farm
productivity and adapt to change
Support local food distribution projects that may support the viability of the Keilor Market Gardens
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
External Partners Timing Resources
required
F1 Rezone the Keilor Market Gardens to
Green Wedge to reflect the existing land
use (see Appendix 2
)
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
Resources
F2 Work with current producers to develop
and implement a marketing strategy for
the region aimed at attracting growers as
Economic
Development
Farmers
Tourism Victoria
Western Melbourne
2011/12 $$
Theme F: Agriculture
Action Plan (4 years)

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# Action
Lead Council
Department
External Partners Timing Resources
required
well as visitors
Tourism Inc
F3 Advocate for extension of drought
assistance initiatives to farmers in
Brimbank
Strategic
Planning
N/A
Ongoing Internal
Resources
F4 Assist Keilor Market Gardens farmers
access local food distribution networks
across metropolitan Melbourne such as
farmers markets
Community
Planning and
Development
N/A
2010/11 $
F5 Investigate the feasibility of engaging
local farmers in the Western Region to
contract grow produce for local markets
such as green grocers, restaurants, cafes
and community cooperatives
Community
Planning and
Development
VicHealth
2011/12 $
F6 Advocate for State and Commonwealth
funding and policy initiatives that support
local and peri-urban food production
Community
Planning and
Development
N/A
Ongoing Internal
Resources
F7 Provide information packs to farmers
about funding sources and business
support services as part of regular
newsletter bulletins
Economic
Development
Hume City Council 2010/11 $
F8 Advocate for advisory services and
financial support to assist farmers on
marginal land exit the land
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
Resources
F9 Undertake a feasibility study that
assesses the viability of establishing a
small scale local food growing social
enterprise in the Keilor Market Gardens
Community
Planning and
Development
Community and
welfare
organisations
2011/12 $
F10 Work with education institutions to
research viable farming and alternative
land use opportunities for the area
Strategic
Planning
Tertiary Institutions 2011/12 $$
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
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G. Rural living
The Brimbank Green Wedge contains a small rural living precinct concentrated around Oakbank Road which
consists of approximately 20 allotments. Other parts of the Green Wedge that contain a number of dispersed
dwellings include the Overnewton precinct and the Keilor Market Gardens. The “city meets country” lifestyle
enabled by the area’s proximity to central Melbourne is an important community value.
Rural living in the Brimbank Green Wedge is currently limited to the construction of single dwellings on the
existing allotments. Any change to current planning provisions that enables additional subdivision requires
ratification by both houses of Parliament.
Keilor Market Gardens
Sustaining agricultural production in the region, especially in the Keilor Market Gardens, is likely to require
support for lifestyle farming whereby any farm income is secondary to the income from other employment. The
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan provides for lifestyle farming by supporting development of single
dwellings on the existing vacant allotments on the condition that new housing does not compromise the health
of the catchment.
Challenges for increased rural living in the Keilor Market Gardens include conflict with farming activities, poor
road conditions, lack of access to broadband and lack of reticulated gas and sewage. As such, improved road
conditions and increased access to services would help attract lifestyle farmers to the area, thereby supporting
the ongoing use of the Keilor Market Gardens for agricultural purposes.
Oakbank Road Precinct
The land on top of the escarpment surrounding the Oakbank Road precinct is of marginal rural utility due to its
poor soil quality and limited water access. Given these constraints, opportunity exists to expand the Oakbank
Road rural living precinct by rezoning the surrounding land to Green Wedge A (which allows subdivision to 8
hectare allotments). This could improve the viability of the existing precinct, creating the necessary critical mass
to justify improved services and facilities. This proposal would require the support of the Department of Planning
and Community Development and ratification of both houses of parliament. It is noted that the land surrounding
the Oakbank Rd precinct is not affected by the more onerous airport environs overlay which prohibits residential
subdivision.
Objective (20 years)
Controlled residential development within the limits of the area’s existing capacity and constraints that provides
a high amenity rural lifestyle and which protects the environmental qualities of the Maribyrnong Valley.
Features
Values
“City meets country” lifestyle
Social
Proximity to central Melbourne
Social
Directions (20 years)
Continue to support Clause 57 of the State planning provisions that limit residential development to single
dwellings on existing lots in green wedge areas
Support development of new single dwellings on existing allotments that are associated with lifestyle farming
activities
Only consider expansion of the Oakwood Road rural living precinct under the following circumstances: the
Kings Road interchange is constructed; the riparian and escarpment land is transferred to a public authority;
adequate financial contributions are made for local services and conservation and management activities; and
the proposal achieves a positive outcome for the whole of the Sunbury Green Wedge. It is noted that any
proposal to increase residential densities in the green wedge would require authorisation and approval by the
Minister for Planning as well as ratification by both houses of Parliament.
Ensure new residential buildings are designed to integrate with the area’s natural setting and minimise
amenity impacts from the airport and surrounding farming activities
Support improvements to the public realm and infrastructure services that improve conditions for existing
residents and enhance the appeal of the area to potential residents
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Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
External
Partners
Timing Resources
required
G1 Develop design guidelines for development,
within the green wedge, including housing
that sets out requirements for the siting,
layout, scale and design of new buildings.
Incorporate the design guidelines into a
DDO where relevant (as per Action D1)
Strategic
Planning
DPCD
2011/12 $
G2 Include local policies in the revised MSS
discouraging further residential subdivision
in the green wedge and encouraging the
appropriate siting and design of buildings
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
resources
G3 Hold sustainable land management
seminars and field days for existing land
owners and residents (as per Action A16)
Environment DSE
DPI
Melbourne Water
PPWCMA
Hume City
Council
2010/11 $
G4 Prepare an Urban Design Framework for
the Oakbank Road Rural Living precinct
that sets out a program of public realm
improvements
Urban Design N/A
2012/13 $
G5 Investigate opportunities to expand the
Oakbank Road rural living precinct under
specified conditions as per dot point 3 of the
“Directions” above (see Appendix 1 for the
boundaries of the proposed Investigation
Area)
Strategic
Planning
Relevant land
owner/s
2010/11 Internal
resources
G6 Ensure new housing close to Calder Park
Raceway incorporates appropriate noise
attenuation to protect the amenity of future
residents
Statutory
Planning
N/A
Ongoing Internal
resources
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Theme G: Rural Living
Action Plan (4 years)

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H. Tourism
The main tourist destination currently in the Brimbank Green Wedge is Organ Pipes National Park. Opportunity
exists to attract additional visitors to the area by capitalising on the Brimbank Green Wedge’s proximity to
Metropolitan Melbourne and Melbourne Airport. In particular, opportunity exists to build the area as a tourist
precinct offering eco-tourism experiences and access to local produce farmed by either commercial or lifestyle
farmers.
Objective (20 years)
Development of a vibrant, identifiable tourist precinct that provides access to local produce and eco-tourism
experiences
Features
Values
Proximity to metropolitan Melbourne and local residential communities
Social,
Economic
Good road transport connections to Melbourne Airport, the CBD and regional Victoria
Economic
Landscape values of the Maribyrnong Valley
Social,
Economic
Directions (20 years)
Support development of amenities, services and facilities that enrich visitor experiences, supporting eco and
farm gate tourism
Support tourism activities that capitalise on the area’s proximity to Melbourne Airport
Encourage new businesses to locate in the area that support local tourism
Support changes to current planning provisions that limit tourist related retailing in green wedge areas
Support urban improvements that enhance the attractiveness of the area to new businesses and visitors
Ensure new tourism related uses integrate into the landscape and minimise any off-site impacts
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
Partners
Timing Resources
required
H1 Develop a visitor centre in Sydenham Park
once the park is open to the public
Urban Design Historical
societies
Wurundjeri Land
Council
Tourism Victoria
As need
arises
$$$$
H2 Develop a brand and marketing strategy
aimed at attracting growers and visitors to
the region (as per Action F2)
Economic
Development
Farmers / Land
owners
Tourism Victoria
Western
Melbourne
Tourism Inc
DPI
2011/12 $$
H3 Integrate visitor amenities and interpretive
information into public open spaces and
recreation corridors
Urban Design Parks Victoria
Historical
societies
Wurundjeri Land
As need
arises
$$$$
Theme H: Tourism
Action Plan (4 years)

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# Action
Lead Council
Department
Partners
Timing Resources
required
Council
H4 Advocate for changes to the Victorian
Planning Provisions to enable farm related
retailing in green wedge areas
Strategic
Planning
DPCD
Current
and
ongoing
Internal
resources
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
Planning and Environment Act 1987.

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I. Non-green wedge uses
A number of non-confirming or non-green wedge uses are currently located in the area including Overnewton
College, the Lower Hall sports complex, Overnewton Castle Function Centre, Calder Park Raceway and a
variety of freeway service centres. It is important to limit future non-conforming uses in order to protect the
area’s green wedge values and minimise negative environmental and amenity impacts.
Objective (20 years)
Containment of non-green wedge uses to the existing sites and facilities to protect the integrity, environmental
and landscape qualities of the green wedge area
Features
Values
Proximity to metropolitan Melbourne and Melbourne Airport
Economic
Strong road links to regional Victoria and the CBD
Economic
Calder Park Raceway
Economic
Directions (20 years)
Limit non-conforming / non-green wedge uses to the existing sites and facilities, in accordance with existing
master plans and approvals
Ensure the traffic and noise impacts of new and expanded high trip generating uses are assessed and
managed
Ensure non-green wedge uses minimise their environmental and amenity impacts
Ensure any redevelopment of Calder Park is consistent with the green wedge principles and land uses, as
outlined at Clause 57 of the Planning Scheme.
Resources
required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead Council
Department
Partners
Timing Resources
required
I1 Develop local policies as part of the revised
MSS that discourage further expansion of
non-conforming uses in the area
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
resources
I2 Review Special Use Zone 1 and other State
and Local planning policies applicable to
Calder Park Raceway to ensure these
provisions reflect the preferred future use of
the site and provide for improved visual and
environmental outcomes
Strategic
Planning
Calder Park
Raceway
2010/11 Internal
resources
I3 Ensure any redevelopment of Calder Park
Raceway incudes appropriate landscaping
and noise attenuation to minimise impacts
on surrounding residential areas.
Strategic
Planning
Calder Park
Raceway
As need
arises
Internal
resources
I4 Advocate for the re-alignment of the Urban
Growth Boundary with the Calder Park
Drive / Calder Freeway interchange
Strategic
Planning
DPCD
2010/11 Internal
resources
I5 Include local policies in the revised MSS
that require new high trip generating uses to
prepare traffic impact assessments and
transport / travel plans showing how the use
will be accessible to all people, minimise
traffic and congestion and facilitate non
motorised travel.
Strategic
Planning
N/A
2010/11 Internal
resources
I6 Implement a TravelSmart program with
Overnewton College aimed at achieving a Engineering
Overnewton
College
2011/12 $$
THEME I: Non-Green Wedge Uses
Action Plan (4 years)

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# Action
Lead Council
Department
Partners
Timing Resources
required
mode shift from private vehicle use to
walking, cycling and pubic transport
DoT
I7 Advocate for improved environmental
management of Somerset Quarry (see
Action A22)
Strategic
Planning
Hume City
Council
Ongoing Internal
resources
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
Planning and Environment Act 1987.

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J. Infrastructure
The Brimbank Green Wedge has limited infrastructure services and is not serviced by broadband internet or
reticulated gas or sewage. Transport to and within the area is limited due to the area’s location between the
Calder Freeway and the Maribyrnong River. Improving transport connections and infrastructure services will
improve conditions for existing residents and assist in attracting new residents and lifestyle farmers to the area.
The Calder Freeway interchange proposed at Kings Road will significantly improve vehicle access to the
Oakbank Road rural living precinct and the Keilor Golf Course. Other opportunities include developing a shared
path through the Brimbank Green Wedge connecting Brimbank Park and Organ Pipes National Park, enhancing
the condition and amenity of the existing road network and upgrading existing telecommunications and
reticulated services.
Objective (20 years)
Provision of safe and efficient transport networks and improved access to telecommunications services.
Features
Values
Existing potable water supplies and electricity services
Social, Economic
Access to and from the Calder Freeway
Social, Economic
Directions (20 years)
Encourage enhanced walking and cycling connections to and through the green wedge
Encourage upgrades to roads, reticulated services and telecommunications facilities to Council standards
Encourage treatment of storm water and irrigation runoff before it is discharged into natural waterways
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead agency Partners
Timing Resources
required
J1 Upgrade local roads within the green wedge
to Council standards
Engineering N/A
2010 - 2014 $$$$
J2 Advocate for provision of walking and
cycling connections across the Calder
Freeway as a part of the development of the
Freeway interchanges at Sunshine Avenue,
Kings Road and Calder Park Drive (as per
Action E2)
Urban Design VicRoads
As
required
Internal
resources
J3 Monitor traffic volumes on Arundel Road
and develop strategies to ensure levels of
through-traffic does not compromise the
amenity of the area
Engineering N/A
2010- 2014 $
J4 Assess the feasibility of installing upgraded
telecommunications and reticulated
services to the green wedge through a
special rate or charge
Engineering Utility services 2011/12 $$
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Theme J: Infrastructure
Action Plan (4 years)

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K. Community involvement
A number of community groups such as the Keilor Historical Society, the Sydenham District Historical Society
and the Friends of Organ Pipes take a strong interest in enhancing the natural and cultural heritage of the area.
In addition a strong sense of community exists amongst existing land owners, many of whom are descendents
of the area’s early settlers. Opportunity exists to build on this sense of community by enhancing the capacity of
existing groups and keeping the community informed about plans for the area and opportunities to be involved.
Objective (20 years)
Coordination of activities across government agencies with the active participation of an informed, engaged
community.
Features
Values
The strong sense of community amongst land owners in the Keilor Market Gardening area.
Social
The active interest of community groups in conservation and heritage activities in the Green Wedge. Social
Directions (20 years)
Support an ongoing governance arrangement to monitor and review the Green Wedge Management Plan
Support community involvement in planning, projects and decision making for the area
Support increased community access to information about services, current activities and sustainable land
management
Resources required
$
$0 - $20,000
$$
$20,000 - $50,000
$$$
$50,000 - $100,000
$$$$
$100,000 +
Internal resources
Forms part of internal operational budget
# Action
Lead agency Partners
Timing Resources
required
K1 Establish an external advisory group
responsible for overseeing the
implementation, monitoring and review of
the Green Wedge Management Plan
Strategic
Planning
DPCD
2010/11 $
K2 Develop a regular community newsletter
about services, programs, networking
opportunities, sustainable land
management, biodiversity and
environmental projects and events relevant
to the area (as per Action A20)
Environment N/A
Ongoing $
K3 Enhance Council website to provide
information about = agency contacts, areas
of responsibility and sustainable land
management practices
Environment N/A
2010/11 Internal
resources
K4 Support land owners and residents access
grants for neighbourhood improvements
and environmental projects
Community
Planning and
Development
N/A
Ongoing Internal
resources
K5 Support land owners and community groups
access funding for conservation activities
through local and state government grant
programs
Environment N/A
Ongoing Internal
resources
K6 Hold training programs for community
groups in self-governance, marketing and
skills development
Community
Planning and
Development
N/A
2010 - 2014 Internal
resources
K7 Involve the community in conservation
activities through Council’s regular planting
days and targeted programs for specific
groups such as businesses and schools
Environment Friends Groups
Melbourne Water
Ongoing Internal
resources
Theme K: Community
Involvement
Action Plan (4 years)

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# Action
Lead agency Partners
Timing Resources
required
K8 Work with employment agencies and
training organisations to utilise the
Robertson’s Homestead Restoration Project
for skills development
Strategic
Planning
Employment and
volunteering
agencies
Training
organisations
As
required
Internal
resources
K9 Advocate for greater community
representation on State Government
reference groups relevant to green wedges
Strategic
Planning
Land owners /
community
members
Ongoing Internal
resources
K10 Involve existing community groups in the
monitoring of biodiversity values, including
fauna and flora
Environment Friends Groups
Community and
environmental
organisations
Ongoing Internal
resources
Note: The funding and timing of all projects will be subject to approval through Council’s annual budget process. All planning scheme
changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition, outlined at Part 3 of the
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8 Implementation and review
8.1 Green Wedge Management Plan Reference Group
It is recommended that the implementation of the Strategy be overseen by a Brimbank Green Wedge
Management Plan Reference Group composed of representatives from:
Brimbank City Council – Councillor / Administrator (Chair)
Brimbank City Council – Strategic Planning Unit
Brimbank City Council – Conservation Unit
Department of Planning and Community Development – Green Wedges Team, Planning Policy
Unit
Department of Primary Industries
Department of Sustainability and Environment – Biodiversity Unit
Melbourne Water – River Health Unit
Melbourne Water – Diversions Unit
Parks Victoria – Metropolitan Parks Unit
Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority
Hume City Council
Land owners
It is recommended that the Reference Group be chaired by the Brimbank City Council Councillor or
Administrator representative and administered by Council’s Strategic Planning Unit.
It is recommended that membership of the group be reviewed every two (2) years to ensure the
Group remains relevant and continues to be composed of key stakeholders.
The role and responsibilities of the Reference Group should include:
Monitoring implementation of the actions and directions included in the
Brimbank Green Wedge
Management Plan
Sharing information about current projects and activities relevant to the Brimbank Green Wedge
to achieve enhanced coordination across government departments and agencies with the
community
Identifying emerging issues and priorities for the area
Reporting annually to Council with advice about the implementation of the Brimbank Green
Wedge Management Plan and emerging issues and priorities
It is recommended that more detailed Terms of Reference be developed in collaboration with the
Reference Group once established, and approved by Council.
8.2 Planning Provisions
The Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan actions relating to the use or development of land will
be implemented through the Brimbank Planning Scheme via amendments to the Municipal Strategic
Statement, land rezonings or the development of new planning overlays or other statutory provision.
In particular, the Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan proposes the following changes to the
Brimbank Planning Scheme:
Reference Document
– Inclusion of the Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan as a
reference document to the Brimbank Planning Scheme
Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS)
– Reflection of the Brimbank Green Wedge Management
Plan aims and strategic directions in the MSS
Environmental Significance Overlays (ESO)
– Inclusion of sites of biological significance in
Environmental Significance Overlays as proposed by Amendment C53 (Action A8)
Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO) or Design and Development Overlay (DDO)-
Application of an SLO or DDO to highly visible landscapes to protect views to and within the
Maribyrnong Valley and of the city skyline (Action D1, D2 and G1)

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Rezonings
– Rezoning of Sydenham Park, Caroline Chisholm Reserve, the Keilor Golf Course
and the Keilor Market Gardens to reflect the current use and land ownership of the different sites
(Actions E3, E4, E5 and F1)
Special Use Zone (SUZ)
– Review of Special Use Zone 1 applicable to Calder Park Raceway to
ensure these provisions reflect the preferred future use of the site and provide for improved visual
and environmental outcomes (Action I1)
All proposed changes to the Brimbank Planning Scheme will be subject to the statutory process
outlined in the Planning and Environment Act 1989 including consideration of the amendment by
Council, authorisation by the Department of Planning and Community Development, public exhibition
and review of the amendment by an independent Panel (if required).
8.3 Review
Monitoring and review processes generally consist of two parts:
Review of actions – ie. “Did we do what we said we would do?” and
Review of outcomes – ie. “Did we achieve our objectives?”
It is recommended that the actions included in the
Green Wedge Management Plan
be monitored by
Council’s Strategic Planning Unit and the Green Wedge Management Plan Reference Group
annually. This should be supplemented by a 4 yearly review of Outcome Progress Indicators that
show whether the policies and actions included in the Plan are contributing to the fulfilment of the
Plan’s objectives. These Outcome Progress Indicators should be used to review the actions and
directions included in the Plan.
The majority of these Outcome Progress Indicators can be measured using readily available internal
and external data and information. To measure the community satisfaction indicators, it is
recommended that an area specific Resident Survey been undertaken every 4 years cover issues
such as perceptions of landscape change, recreation facilities and transport services.
While targets or benchmarks for the Outcome Progress Indicators have not been included at this
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Embed the actions in the
2010/11 Council Plan
Monitor
implementation
of GWMP
actions
Adoption of final
GWMP by Council
Incorporate policy
directions into the MSS
Coordinate
activities and
advocacy
initiatives
Identify
emerging
issues
Report
annually to
Council on
GWMP
Report on Outcome
Progress Indicators
(Every 4 years)
Mid 2010
2010
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
Review GWMP objectives and actions
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan Advisory Group
Council, DSE, DPCD, PPWCMA, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria,
community and land owner representatives
(meets twice a year)
REVIEW
Report on outputs /
completion of actions
(Annually)
2010
Baseline Study of Outcome Progress Indicators / development of targets
Adoption of draft GWMP by Council for community consultation
Public exhibition of draft GWMP and review of public feedback
End 2009
Early 2010

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8.4 Progress Indicators
Outcome Progress Indicators
To be measured every 4 years
# Progress Indicator
1 Successful coordination of conservation activities with regional partners. Eg:
Networking and coordination events attended
Implementation of partnership projects
2 Uptake of conservation grants by private land owners. Eg:
Brimbank City Council’s Sustainable Land Management Incentive Scheme
Melbourne Water’s River Health Incentives Programs
3 Biodiversity values on public land
(once a progress measurement has been developed as part
of the Brimbank Biodiversity Strategy)
4 Progress towards development of an open space and habitat corridor through the Brimbank
Green Wedge. Eg:
Completion of a feasibility study
Application of relevant planning scheme provisions
Security of funding
Staged implementation of capital works
5 Water Quality. Eg:
Salinity levels reduced
Algae blooms minimised
PH levels stabilised
Environmental flows maintained
6 Native fish populations
7 Level of positive or negative landscape change. Eg:
Extent of revegetation
Integration of new development within the landscape
8 Containment of sports and other non-conforming uses to existing sites and facilities
9 Visitation rates at local tourist attractions
10 Progress towards development of an identifiable tourist precinct. Eg.
Development of a brand for the region
Implementation of marketing initiatives
Community awareness of the precinct
11 Access to and from the area via walking, cycling and public transport services
12 Implementation of heritage restoration and interpretive projects
13 Percentage of market gardens used for agriculture
14 Participation of the community in planning and caring for the area
15 Community satisfaction with local traffic management
16 Community satisfaction with transport and infrastructure services
17 Community satisfaction with the appearance and amenity of the area
18 Community satisfaction with recreation spaces and facilities

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Appendix 1 – Land Use Precincts

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Appendix 2 – Proposed Zone Changes
1. Sydenham Park
– Rezone from Green Wedge and Rural Conservation to Public Park and Recreation or Public
Conservation and Resource (see Action E3)
2. Keilor Golf Course
– Rezone from Rural Conservation to Public Park and Recreation (see Action E4)
3. Keilor Market Gardens
– Rezone from Rural Conservation to Green Wedge (see Action F1)
4. Lowther Hall Sports Ground
s – Rezone from Rural Conservation to Special Use as per Planning Scheme
Amendment C86
5. Keilor Market Gardens
– Rezone from Rural Conservation to Green Wedge (see Action F1)
6. Caroline Chisholm Reserve
Rezone from Rural Conservation to Public Park and Recreation (see Action E4)
Note: All planning scheme changes proposed will be subject to the statutory planning scheme amendment process including public
exhibition outlined at part 3 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987

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Appendix 3 – Community Comments to Background Paper
Brimbank Green Wedge Management Plan Background Paper
Summary of community comments - April 2009
Submitters
1. Anonymous
2. Anonymous
3. Anonymous
4. Anonymous
5. Anonymous
6. Chris Koroneos
7. David Hansen – on behalf of Hartway Pty Ltd
8. A.R.G Planning – on behalf of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
9. Bobby Koroneos
10. Nik Tsardakis
Values
The proximity of the area to the CBD
The rural atmosphere and lifestyle
The area’s history which current land owners are integral to
The commercial value of the property
None
The public recreation and conservation areas – Organ Pipes, Sydenham Park, Keilor Golf
Course and the Maribyrnong River
The lack of development which has allowed native wildlife to thrive
The views from the Calder Freeway as you enter the City
Challenges
Developing a coherent and funded strategy to improve the area
Managing noxious weeds and revegetating the area
Eradicating rabbits, foxes and feral cats
Sourcing affordable fit for purpose water
Managing the impacts of climate change on the area
Obtaining a permit for subdivision
The “resurrection” of the Keilor Market Gardens
Resisting the urban redevelopment of the Keilor Market Gardens
Determining a future for the Keilor Market Gardens
Traffic increases through the area
Vision
The continued improvement of the area based on “triple bottom line” principles –
environmental care, social equity, economic opportunity
Creation of a linear park system along the river
Development of the Keilor Market Gardens:
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As a rural residential precinct that supports a small increase in dwelling densities
which caters for Melbourne’s growing and aging population
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As parkland
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As a commercial precinct that supports the packing and re-distribution of produce
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For sports grounds and schools
A unique area that will be developed into a National Park
A tourist precinct with controlled access, including promotion of the area’s indigenous
heritage
“That future generations will always be able to enjoy the peace and serenity of the
magnificent Maribyrnong River and Jacksons Creek”

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THEMES
Biodiversity
Comments
Natural assets on private land are a financial liability, the preservation of which should be
fully funded by the community.
The area has never been grazed and, therefore is of high biodiversity value.
Priority actions
Stabilise the river banks by removing noxious weeds and re-planting native species,
including gum trees.
Take a firm position on the eradication of serrated tussock – ie. increase enforcement of
weed control on private land.
Assist land owners to prepare land management plans by developing a land management
plan template and by providing funding and advice.
Acquisition of the land between Oakbank Road and the Keilor Golf Course by Council.
Recognise and financially compensate farmers for the services they provide to biodiversity.
Water
Comments
Dams, recycled water and desalination are not efficient or cost effective options for the
Keilor Market Gardens.
Action on water accessibility is too late.
Priority actions
Manage the impacts of climate change on the Keilor Market Gardens.
Permit rural residential development which will reduce extraction of water from the river.
Change the use of the Keilor Market Gardens.
Explore recycled or harvested water for agricultural uses.
Cultural Heritage
Comments
The growers in the Keilor Market Gardens are passionate about the historic value of the
area.
Maintaining the Keilor Market Gardens for the sake of cultural heritage alone is not feasible.
Priority actions
As per the Background Paper.
Increase public investment in the maintenance of all culturally significant sites.
Explore use of the old goal and stables behind Oakbank Road for education purposes.
Develop cultural visitor centres.
Landscape values
Priority actions
Permit rural residential development and smaller land holdings to facilitate revegetation and
sustainable land management.
Develop an open space corridor along the Maribyrnong River.
Take action regarding the land fill on the escarpment.
Work with Hume City Council to revegetate the escarpment on the east side of the river.
Continue to control and eradicate weeds.
Maintain the unique character of the Maribyrnong River and Jackson’s Creek.

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Recreation
Priority actions
Permit rural residential development that will facilitate development of an open space
corridor along the Maribyrnong River
Develop a high quality, fully equipped leisure centre in Keilor
Create more passive recreation areas
Limit development of and access to sporting precincts
Enhance opportunities for bush walking
Develop a shared trail between Keilor and Organ Pipes National Park
Agriculture
Comments
Indicators for the GWMP should include the adequacy of existing infrastructure, soil
conditions, impacts of off-site non-agricultural uses, loss of buffer areas, market influences,
challenges to the “right to farm”, the value and potential of the precinct, land use conflicts
and food security.
Failure to provide fit for purpose water should trigger assessment of alternative land uses
for the area.
High production costs, small allotments, lack of finance from banking institutions and lack of
water has prohibited development of niche markets and value adding operations and has
resulted in the failure of a number of farm businesses in the Keilor Market Gardens.
Agriculture cannot be revived in the area.
A number of growers have left the area since 2005 due to the lack of affordable water.
The Keilor Market Gardens play a miniscule role in the context of Melbourne’s agriculture
industry.
Priority actions
Undertake a thorough investigation into the ongoing viability of horticulture in the Keilor
Market Gardens.
Include an “exit strategy” in the final Green Wedge Management Plan.
Rural Living
Priority actions
Permit rural residential development in the Keilor Market Gardens.
Develop a thoughtful and deliberate plan for the Keilor Market Gardens that will protect the
area’s landscape values from ad hoc and inconsistent development.
Address traffic management along Arundel Road.
Maintain the current level of rural living and resist further development.
Limit infrastructure development that increases access for large machinery and trucks.
Attract more families to the area.
Develop a fire plan for the area.
Economic activity
Priority actions
Develop a visitor centre for tourists and education purposes
Develop a wildlife tourist precinct and park
Attract appropriate businesses to the area

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Non-conforming uses
Comments
It is likely that the escarpment and riparian land associated with Penleigh and Essendon
Grammar School will be maintained in its “natural” state and used for school community
planting days and, potentially, outdoor education.
The freeway facilities are not “non-conforming”. These facilities make a positive contribution
to the gateway and tourism precinct (Organ Pipes National Park and Calder Park Raceway)
as well as to road safety and employment.
Priority actions
Permit rural residential development.
Assist schools manage their traffic and improve access.
Explore a range of uses including parks, recreation and caravan resorts.
Monitor Somerset Quarry and its impact on the Maribyrnong Valley.
Maintain planning permit requirements for non-agricultural uses to manage off-site impacts.
Extend any rate rebate to the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School site.
Infrastructure
Priority actions
Provide reticulated gas and bitumen roads.
As per the Background Paper.
Community development and engagement
Priority actions
Educate the community and stakeholders about the plight of the Keilor Market Gardens.
Educate the community about why weed control is important.
As per the Background Paper.

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ESO
Environmental Significance Overlay
GWMP Green Wedge Management Plan
LSIO
Land Subject to Inundation Overlay
MFB
Melbourne Fire and Emergency Service Board
MSS
Municipal Strategic Statement
PPWCMA Port Philip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority

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