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Moonee Valley City Council

Planning for our future

Our vision for Moonee Valley in 2040 (MV2040) is a great place to live, work and visit, strengthened by a network of 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Our neighbourhoods allow all people, at all stages of life, to live locally, accessing most of their needs close to their home.
Our neighbourhoods are beautiful, sustainable and hold strong community connections which enable citizens and the environment to be healthy and resilient.

MV2040: our long-term plan

We’ve developed our long-term plan MV2040 to guide how we will make Moonee Valley a great place to live for current and future generations.

The MV2040 Strategy is our ‘umbrella’ strategy which will guide all of our future work through action plans to deliver on the five themes of the strategy.

We’ve developed implementation initiatives for these themes based on our 13 neighbourhoods, so you can see what projects are planned near you.

We’re are changing how we work to take a neighbourhood planning approach. This means we identify local priorities and tailor responses to suit each neighbourhood, while improving the health and vibrancy of all parts of our city.

We’re working to deliver infrastructure, services and events to the right people, in the right location, at the right time as we prioritise health and wellbeing outcomes through our planning.

All of this is to work towards creating a healthy city that is fair, thriving, connected, green and beautiful.

neighbourhoods

MV2040 Action Plans

Action plans will lay out how we will deliver on the directions we have set for our city through MV2040. We’re working to deliver infrastructure, services and events to the right people, in the right location, at the right time as we prioritise health and wellbeing outcomes through our planning.

All of this is to work towards creating a city that is fair, thriving, connected, green and beautiful.

MV2040 Action Plan - Community Facilities (pdf, 7.11MB)

Annual Budget

Each year we develop a budget which provides funding for over 200 services to the local community as well as building and upgrading millions of dollars’ worth of capital works including managing our ageing assets.

2019/20 budget

Our 2019/20 budget (pdf, 2.92MB) was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday, 11 June.

The Budget includes operating expenditure of $160.9 million and an overall rate increase of 2.5 per cent, in line with the State Government cap.

Highlights of this year’s budget include:

  • $28 million to progress the East Keilor Leisure Centre redevelopment
  • $2 million to implement a stormwater harvesting and irrigation system at Rosehill Park
  • $1.6 million to upgrade playspaces, picnic facilities, pathways and landscaping at Woodlands Park
  • $1.2 million to sports field upgrades at Maribyrnong Park
  • $1.0 million to renew library books, resources and furniture
  • $1.1 million to refreshing the Clocktower Centre including a new co-working space and quiet room
  • $745,000 to transform 605-625 Mt Alexander Road into public open space
  • $600,000 to design and document a netball, tennis, soccer, cricket and golf pavilion at Fairbairn Park

For more information about our annual budget, contact our Finance Manager on budget@mvcc.vic.gov.au or 9243 8888.

Developing our budget

Every year we prepare a budget that is guided by the priorities set out in our Council Plan - a legal requirement for all councils. Councillors attend workshops with staff to work out how much money is required to meet community needs and deliver vital services.

The Strategic Resource Plan 2020/23 (pdf, 2.44MB), was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday, 11 June, sets a financial framework which shapes the annual budget and the resources required to achieve our objectives in the Council Plan.

The Long-term Capital Works Plan (pdf, 2.71MB) sets out the capital works program for the next 22 years relating to the Budget and the Strategic Resource Plan.

How we calculate your rates

You can learn about how we calculate your rates on our rates page.

Anyone having difficulty paying their rates can contact us for advice and assistance.

For more information, read the Rating Strategy (pdf, 866KB).

Plans, Policies and Strategies

Advocacy Strategy

One of the primary roles of Local Government is to provide leadership to the local community through advocacy.

This means seeking the support of partners - like the State and Federal Government - to help us deliver the services and infrastructure our community needs.

Why do we do this?  Some projects and initiatives are out of our direct control - like building train stations, or improving major roads to ease traffic and make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists.  Even though those aren't projects we can deliver directly, we know they are important to our community.  So, we advocate to other levels of Government to help turn good ideas, into reality.

Other projects, like building a new leisure centre or a community hub, do sit with Council.  To deliver these projects faster and help balance the contribution made by ratepayers, we seek funding from partners.

Some of the ways we might advocate for our community include applying for grants, meeting with politicians, and running public campaigns.  This might mean seeking your views then sharing them with decision makers through petitions, letter-writing campaigns, or public meetings.

Our Advocacy Strategy 2018-21 outlines the key priority projects we're currently seeking support for.  You can download a copy of that here (LINK).

You can also interact with many of our current advocacy campaigns on our YourSay site: yoursay.mvcc.vic.gov.au

If you've got any questions about our Advocacy Strategy or would like to find out how you can help us advocate for an even better Moonee Valley, get in touch at advocacy@mvcc.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9243 1127.

Still Waiting for a Train Station at Airport West

One of the ways we are advocating for Moonee Valley is through our campaign for a train station at Airport West, Still Waiting.

Airport West is just 12km from Melbourne's CBD - but it takes about the same amount of time to get to the city on public transport as it does to get to the city from Geelong!  Residents in Airport West and Keilor East live in a rail transport black hole, and some of them have been waiting for a train for over 60 years.

We're asking the Minister for Transport Infrastructure to end the wait.  If you're ready to get on board, visit stillwaiting.com.au.

Disability Action Plan

Adopted in August 2014, the Disability Action Plan 2014-23 (pdf, 1.66MB) (doc, 125KB), sets out the actions we will take over the next ten years to support an inclusive community for people with a disability and their carers.

This plan outlines how we will provide infrastructure, services and activities that are accessible to the whole community, and how we will work with the broader community to build an inclusive Moonee Valley for everyone.

View the Disability Action Plan 2013-23 Appendices (doc, 70KB), Disability Action Plan 2013-23 Appendix - The case for a more inclusive housing stock (doc, 90KB), Disability Action Plan 2013-23 bibliography (doc, 50KB).

For more information on the Disability Action Plan 2014-2023, please contact our Aged and Disability Services team on 9243 8888 or email disability@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

You can also contact us using the National Relay Service - call 13 36 77 or visit the Relay Service website and request 03 9243 8888.

What the plan covers

The plan covers ten key areas identified through consultation with local residents, our Disability Reference Group and key stakeholders:

  • Attitudes towards disability
  • Information and communication
  • Financial barriers
  • Inclusive activities and events
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Physical access
  • Services
  • Employment
  • Volunteering

Diversity, Access & Equity Policy

The Diversity, Access and Equity Policy aims to support an inclusive and diverse Moonee Valley, where all community members are treated equally with dignity and respect. It was endorsed on 25 March 2014.

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006 requires councils to consider human rights in developing laws, policies and delivering services. This policy has adopted a human rights framework by embedding the values of inclusion, access and participation by all.

The core themes of the policy are:

  • Fostering respect and celebrating diversity
  • Promoting participation
  • Creating accessible places and spaces
  • Leadership and representation

This policy will help to implement access and equity-related activities across all of our current and future policies, plans and strategies.

You can view the policy in design version (pdf, 3.5MB) or accessible word version (docx, 340KB).

Domestic Animal Management Plan

The Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2017 (pdf, 1.6MB) was endorsed in September 2017. The purpose of the plan is to manage issues relating to the welfare of domestic animals, namely cats and dogs.

Developing and renewing this plan every four years is a requirement of Victorian councils under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

For more information visit our pets and animals page or contact our Animal Management team on 9243 8888.

What's in the plan

The Domestic Animal Management Plan outlines the services and strategies we intend to pursue and includes activities which will:

  • encourage the registration of dogs and cats
  • promote and educate responsible pet ownership
  • minimise the potential for domestic animals to create a nuisance
  • minimise the risk of dog attacks on people and animals
  • manage dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs
  • monitor and address overpopulation and euthanasia rates

Integrated Transport Plan

Our Integrated Transport Plan short version (pdf, 2.86KB) long version (pdf, 3.52MB) aims to transform the way people travel in and around our city.

We are in the process of updating this plan. Visit our Keeping Moonee Valley moving, and safely page to find out how to be involved.

The plan is a transport plan that is designed with the objective of handling the future challenges of population growth, increasing congestion and freight, rising fuel costs, and environmental impacts to ensure we all have access to appropriate transport solutions.

The plan takes a holistic approach to providing a better-integrated transport network by including: public transport, private vehicles, freight, cycling, pedestrian and travel demand management.

What do we want to do

The Integrated Transport Plan aims to:

  • reduce the need to travel, number of trips and travel lengths
  • reduce congestion and manage private and heavy vehicles
  • reduce environmental impact and improving the look and feel of the City
  • improve transport safety
  • create a more inclusive societyThe Integrated Transport Plan aims to:
    • reduce the need to travel, number of trips and travel lengths
    • reduce congestion and manage private and heavy vehicles
    • reduce environmental impact and improving the look and feel of the City
    • improve transport safety
    • create a more inclusive society

Walking & Cycling Strategy

Our Walking and Cycling Strategy 2012 - 2022 (3.2 MB) is a plan to get more people walking and cycling.

The strategy has an Implementation Plan consisting of 13 action packages.

The strategy includes 15 new actions as well as an updated map showing proposed walking and cycling routes and links.

The strategy recommends that improvements to infrastructure be supported by programs to help people to walk and cycle more.

What do we want to do

  • develop a walking and cycling culture including increasing the number of people who walk and cycle particularly for show trips (under two kilometers walk and five kilometers ride)
  • prioritise walking and cycling in planning and decision-making processes across Council
  • promote walkinga and cycling as easy, healthy, inexpensive and enjoyable ways to travel that promote social inclusion

Open Space Strategy

Open space is all public land set aside for outdoor enjoyment, recreation and nature conservation. This includes parks, gardens, plazas, reserves, and urban plazas.

Attractive, safe and accessible open spaces have positive social, economic and environmental benefits for the community and are known to improve public health, well being and quality of life.

As part of our long-term plan for Moonee Valley, MV2040, we’re preparing a new Open Space Plan in order to enhance and increase open space within Moonee Valley.

The aim of the plan is to:

  • Ensure our 13 neighbourhoods are well serviced in terms of quality and access to open space
  • Create a diverse and connected open space network
  • Enhance our ecological values
  • Provide open spaces to meet the varied needs of our community
  • Celebrates our unique landscape setting of valleys and waterways.

We are seeking the community’s input to ensure that our 13 neighbourhoods are well serviced in terms of quality and access to open space. We want to ensure the open space network across our city is diverse, well connected, enhances our ecological values and celebrates our unique landscape setting of valleys and waterways.

Your feedback will help inform the draft plan, so make sure you share your ideas on our Your Say page.

More information

If you have any questions or would like more information, call our Urban Design team on 9243 8888.

Road Management Plan 2017-21

The Road Management Plan 2017-2021 (RMP) aims to guide us in relation to maintaining the road and path network. This plan provides clarity to the community about the level of service provided in maintaining the roads and paths we manage. It commits us to an inspection and maintenance program, which is supported by an appropriate budget.

The plan states how we will maintain defects and repairs on roadways, kerb and channel, pathways, constructed right of ways and other assets within a public road where we are the responsible road authority.

The plan shows what is considered a defect and how long it is expected to repair the defect. Defects are identified through regular inspections or by a resident contacting us.

The Road Management Plan and supporting documents have been developed in response to the Road Management Act 2004. The Act outlines the legislative requirements in the development of a Road Management Plan.

8. Related documents:

8.1. Register of public roads:

8.2. Register of Paths outside the Road Reserve (xls, 45.2KB)

8.3. Road and Pathway Hierarchy Maps (pdf, 6.8MB)

8.4. Register of Car Parks (xls, 36KB)

8.5. Register of Right of Ways (xls, 73.2KB)

8.6. Road and Pathway Inspection Manual (pdf, 2.1MB)

Municipal Parking Strategy

Moonee Valley is a city in transition. As Melbourne's population continues to increase, our municipality and the cities around us will continue to grow. If not managed properly, this could lead to more cars driving in and through Moonee Valley, more congestion and increased parking issues.

Watch the video on the growth of Melbourne to understand the impact of accommodating population growth on a city like Moonee Valley.

Our Municipal Parking Strategy (pdf, 2.85MB) adopted late 2011 and last updated in 2017, provides systems to tackle these complex traffic and parking issues in a planned, fair and consistent way.

Appropriate car parking is important in residential, commercial, recreational and industrial areas. However, the need for car parking must be balanced with other users’ needs for kerbside space. Sometimes, having a lot of car parking options can encourage people to use their vehicles more, therefore creating more traffic and parking congestion. Sometimes the existing parking supply can be managed better to cater for different road users.

The strategy considers current and future demand, provides clear processes to review parking resources and implement or adapt restrictions as the situation changes. It also sets out steps to encourage residents to be less car reliant and use sustainable forms of transport.

A key action of the Municipal Parking Strategy is to develop car parking plans for activity centres. We are currently developing the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Car Parking Plan which is aimed at gaining a better understanding of how parking is used in the activity centre and to help plan for future growth.

We take road safety very seriously and value your views and concerns on traffic, parking and transport issues. If you have a concern you would like to draw our attention to, please contact us via email council@mvcc.vic.gov.au or speak to our Traffic and Transport department on 9243 8888. A sketch plan indicating the location and the nature of the problem would also be useful.

All traffic, parking and transport concerns will be investigated and if required, referred to our Capital Works Program.

Tools of the strategy

Kerbside Road Space User Hierarchy

There are many users competing for limited kerbside space in our city. Kerbside space is required for example for bus and tram stops, bicycle lanes, delivery access, emergency vehicle access, alfresco dining and car park spaces for residents, non-residents and visitors.

The Kerbside Road Space User hierarchy (pdf, 20KB) is a system that prioritises the needs of the various users depending on the type of area considered, for example residential area or commercial zone. Once the needs of the highest ranked users are satisfied, the space is allocated to the next highest user, continuing until all available space is used. This system ensures that kerbside space is allocated in an appropriate, fair, consistent and transparent way across the city.

Parking management - the 85 per cent rule

The Parking Demand Management framework (pdf, 114KB) establishes a clear rule to manage parking resources efficiently. Where the demand is high, for example in busy shopping areas, there may be a need for parking restrictions to encourage a regular turnover of cars.

There are four steps to the system. When more than 85 percent of car parking spaces are regularly occupied, Council will consult the community to establish the level of support for changes to the parking restrictions. These restrictions are designed to ensure a sufficient turnover of parking spaces so that people who cannot walk, cycle or take public transport to the area can still access it by car and find a parking space.

Narrow streets management framework

Parking can be particularly problematic in narrow streets. Some residents park on the nature strips or footpaths because they feel it is safer, even though it is against the Victorian Road Rules.  The strategy reaffirms our commitment to changing and preventing this practice. It outlines possible parking arrangements based on the width of the street. Please visit the narrow streets page for further information.

Encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport

We are committed to encouraging residents to think about how they travel or move about each day.  We want to encourage more people, especially those living in and around busy centres, to choose more sustainable ways to get around. We are working to make our city more pleasant and safer to use for walkers and people who ride a bike as well as advocating to the State Government and major transport providers for improved public transport across our city.

Local area traffic management

We are taking a local area approach when it comes to traffic and parking in order to help coordinate and integrate parking initiatives around the city. For more information, visit the traffic and parking studies page.

Parking permit policy

The parking strategy includes a new policy on parking permits which reviews the number of permits allocated and their cost. More information is available on the parking permits page. For more information please contact us on 9243 8888.

Transport Safety Strategy

The Transport Safety Strategy 2016-26 (pdf, 4MB) is a 10 year strategy to provide safe travel for the whole community and achieve a goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on Moonee Valley roads.

We aim to provide safe travel for the whole community by adopting the Safe System approach.

This approach will prioritise safe people, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe roads and will assist us to achieve our goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries within Moonee Valley.

The plan recognises that we’re all in this together and seeks to build greater partnerships within the community, other levels of government and industry to reach our ambitious target of zero fatalities.

Why do we need a Transport Safety Strategy

Over the last ten years, 2,474 people were involved in road trauma in Moonee Valley. 28 were killed, 759 sustained serious injuries and 1,687 suffered other injuries.

All of them have a family, friends and are part of a community. That’s why it’s important we do everything we can to avoid these tragedies happening into the future.

What we are committing to do

We will:

  • embrace the Safe Systems approach
  • build on the success of previous initiatives
  • focus on the biggest problem area, locations with the highest crash risk and address emerging issues
  • work in partnership with other councils, citizens, civic organisations and schools and industry and private sector
  • only accept safe developments, projects, designs and construction
  • reduce the real and perceived risks for sustainable travel
  • make our streets a place to enjoy, live and bring our community together

Waste and Resource Recovery Plan

The Waste and Resource Recovery Plan (pdf, 4.83MB) (docx, 8.94MB) is our vision for the sustainable management of waste. Our aim is to reduce waste from our operations and from the community.

Draft MV2040 Action Plan – Waste and Resource Recovery Plan

Australian households produce over 13 million tonnes of waste per year and our local community leads typical Australian, high-consumption lifestyles. We need to rethink our use of resources and consider the whole life cycle of materials. By first avoiding waste and increasing reuse, recycling and other forms of resource recovery, we can dramatically cut waste disposed to landfill.

We want to become a city that rethinks waste and we’ve set an aspirational target to increase resource recovery and divert 90 per cent of household waste away from landfill by 2040. We’re also aiming to eliminate food waste disposed to landfill, well before 2040.

This draft plan sets out sustainable waste management and resource recovery actions over the next four years.

Take a look at the draft plan!

View the Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Plan (PDF 1.41MB, accessible version 110KB)