Open Space Strategy

Earlier in the year we reached out to you to find out what you value about open space, and what could be improved in Darebin.

Based on this feedback we’ve developed a draft Open Space Strategy.


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The purpose of the strategy is to ensure Darebin’s valuable open spaces are protected, enhanced and increased for our community today and in the future.

Thank you for your feedback!

Over the next few months we will review all of your submissions as we finalise the Open Space Strategy. The Open Space Strategy will be presented to Council in February/March 2019 for their consideration.

Once adopted, we will begin to identify and implement key actions over the coming years to improve your open spaces. Please check back here as we will post updates on the progress of the Strategy.


What is the draft Open Space Strategy trying to achieve?

The draft Open Space Strategy is designed to guide the future planning and functions of open spaces in Darebin. It sets a vision for what we want and need in regards to open space in the future and provides the direction and what needs to be done to help Council achieve this.

The draft strategy focusses on three key themes:

  • Meeting Community Open Space Needs – ensuring Darebin’s growing and diverse community has good and equal access to quality open space areas that meet a diverse range of needs.
  • Improving Biodiversity - creating more and richer habitat for our local native plants and animals and achieving better integration between community use and native systems.
  • Creating Green Streets Network – achieving greener streets that provide connection between our walking, cycling and transport networks and our natural habitat.

Increasing and improving open space, enhancing and expanding biodiversity and greening our streets will significantly contribute to Council’s response to the Climate Emergency declared in Darebin.


What we have heard so far from the community

Earlier this year we conducted a municipal-wide survey and asked people what they valued about open space and what could be improved.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this round of consultation and provided feedback!

A summary of what we heard is outlined below:

  • The community told us loud and clear that they strongly value Darebin’s open spaces and that being in nature provides many positive benefits including being able to relax, unwind, escape from busy city life, go walking (especially with a dog), exercise, meet up with family and friends and explore.
  • People told us they particularly value:
  • bushland character and native plants and animals and want to see more of these types of natural areas in Darebin; and
  • parks that offer a diversity of uses as well as spaces that have no set use, allowing people to use them how they want.
  • There was strong concern expressed by many people about the open space needed in response to rapid growth, change and development happening throughout the municipality.

Areas identified for improvement included:

  • increasing and improving basic facilities in open space areas like seating, shade, bins, footpaths and drinking fountains; and
  • increasing the amount of tree planting and the quality of garden beds.

The feedback and ideas generated from the first round of consultation have shaped and informed the draft Open Space Strategy.

Earlier in the year we reached out to you to find out what you value about open space, and what could be improved in Darebin.

Based on this feedback we’ve developed a draft Open Space Strategy.


Click on image to open document


The purpose of the strategy is to ensure Darebin’s valuable open spaces are protected, enhanced and increased for our community today and in the future.

Thank you for your feedback!

Over the next few months we will review all of your submissions as we finalise the Open Space Strategy. The Open Space Strategy will be presented to Council in February/March 2019 for their consideration.

Once adopted, we will begin to identify and implement key actions over the coming years to improve your open spaces. Please check back here as we will post updates on the progress of the Strategy.


What is the draft Open Space Strategy trying to achieve?

The draft Open Space Strategy is designed to guide the future planning and functions of open spaces in Darebin. It sets a vision for what we want and need in regards to open space in the future and provides the direction and what needs to be done to help Council achieve this.

The draft strategy focusses on three key themes:

  • Meeting Community Open Space Needs – ensuring Darebin’s growing and diverse community has good and equal access to quality open space areas that meet a diverse range of needs.
  • Improving Biodiversity - creating more and richer habitat for our local native plants and animals and achieving better integration between community use and native systems.
  • Creating Green Streets Network – achieving greener streets that provide connection between our walking, cycling and transport networks and our natural habitat.

Increasing and improving open space, enhancing and expanding biodiversity and greening our streets will significantly contribute to Council’s response to the Climate Emergency declared in Darebin.


What we have heard so far from the community

Earlier this year we conducted a municipal-wide survey and asked people what they valued about open space and what could be improved.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this round of consultation and provided feedback!

A summary of what we heard is outlined below:

  • The community told us loud and clear that they strongly value Darebin’s open spaces and that being in nature provides many positive benefits including being able to relax, unwind, escape from busy city life, go walking (especially with a dog), exercise, meet up with family and friends and explore.
  • People told us they particularly value:
  • bushland character and native plants and animals and want to see more of these types of natural areas in Darebin; and
  • parks that offer a diversity of uses as well as spaces that have no set use, allowing people to use them how they want.
  • There was strong concern expressed by many people about the open space needed in response to rapid growth, change and development happening throughout the municipality.

Areas identified for improvement included:

  • increasing and improving basic facilities in open space areas like seating, shade, bins, footpaths and drinking fountains; and
  • increasing the amount of tree planting and the quality of garden beds.

The feedback and ideas generated from the first round of consultation have shaped and informed the draft Open Space Strategy.