What you need to know

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.

Moonee Valley neighbourhoods illustration

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.

20min 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 will have seven action plans:

Your city, your budget

Annual Budget

Each year we develop a budget that provides funding Council's extensive local community services as well as building and upgrading millions of dollars’ worth of capital works including managing our ageing assets.

2021/22 Budget

Our 2021/22 Annual Budget was adopted unanimously alongside the Revenue and Rating Plan at a Council Meeting on Thursday 24 June.

This year, preparing the budget has been challenging as our city emerges from a tough 2020 that impacted everyone in many ways.

The budget reflects an increased demand for the delivery of Council's many vital services and programs to benefit our community. It ensures we maintain, upgrade, and replace ageing infrastructure such as sporting precincts, early years facilities, playgrounds, footpaths, and roads. It takes the lead on climate change. And it supports our community as we continue to recover from the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

Some of the highlights of this year's budget include:

Buckley Ward

  • Construction of the Cross Keys playground, car park and recreation area ($1.98 million)
  • Aberfeldie Athletics Track Lighting Upgrade ($650,000)
  • Construction of the Chris Lane Memorial Baseball Field ($364,000)
  • Montgomery Park upgrades ($250,000)

Myrnong Ward

  • Starting construction of the Flemington Hub ($11.25 million)
  • Pitch resurfacing at the Essendon Hockey Centre, Travancore (up to $600,000)
  • Moonee Ponds Activity Centre streetscape improvements ($180,000)
  • Moonee Ponds Creek shared path upgrades ($90,000)

Rose Hill Ward

  • Completion of Keilor East Leisure Centre ($1.05 million)
  • A new pathway connecting Rosehill Park and Steele Creek ($460,000)
  • Keilor Road (Niddrie) Precinct Upgrade ($455,000)
  • Design of a regional playground at Rosehill Park ($150,000)

We are also investing in a range of improvements across the city, including:

    • Upgrading local roads ($4.8 million)
    • Creation of new open spaces ($1.5 million)
    • Improving stormwater drainage ($1.21 million)
    • Creation of a Pavilion Development Planning Reserve ($1 million)
    • Planting more trees ($900,000)
    • Investment in our libraries ($780,000) and purchasing new library books ($450,000)
    • BMX & MTB Facilities ($300,000)
    • Creation of a Sporting Grounds Infrastructure Reserve ($300,000)
    • Creation of a Community Climate Emissions Reduction Reserve ($250,000)
    • Continuing the Better Moves Around Schools program ($180,000)
    • Additional public park amenities, including drinking taps, seating, and signage ($50,000)
    • Supporting future outdoor dining and parklet programs ($50,000
    • Residential and business energy audits and advice ($48,500)

Click here to download the Annual Revenue & Rating Plan 2021/22. 

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

How we calculate your rates

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

For more information, read the Annual Revenue & Rating Plan here. 

Rate rises are capped at a low 1.5 per cent in line with State Government legislation. The 2021/2022 rates notices will be mailed to residents in late August, with the first instalment due at the end of September.

We're here for you

Council is working to help our ratepayers who are experiencing difficulties due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have introduced a number of different rate payment options and changes to our hardship policy to support our community during this time.

We invite any residents experiencing difficulties to complete an online hardship application at: https://mvcc.vic.gov.au/covid-19-hardship-application/ or call Council on 9243 8888 to discuss how we can help you find the right support options.

Strategies

Plans

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Our Draft Community Vision, Council Plan and Health Plan for 2021-25 was endorsed by Council at a meeting on 31 August 2021. It's now ready for your review and feedback.

The draft plan is our strategic blueprint for the next four years. It details how we will implement our MV2040 vision, and will guide us as we work to build a healthy city that is fairthrivingconnectedgreen and beautiful.

The draft plan features 28 key actions outlined as Council’s Major Initiatives for 2021-22. Each year we will create a new annual plan to set out the major initiatives we will achieve for the next twelve months.

These major initiatives will be supported by the services, facilities and programs that Council delivers daily to safeguard the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

The final Community Vision, Council Plan and Health Plan for 2021-25 is due to be adopted by Council by the end of October 2021.

The Moonee Valley Health and Wellbeing Profile 2021 presents data on the many factors that influence our health and wellbeing - known as the social determinants of health.

This includes research on: 

  • demographics
  • individual lifestyle behaviours
  • living and working conditions
  • neighbourhood and environmental factors
  • health and wellbeing conditions

It also examines the impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of our community. This data helps inform the Community Vision, Council Plan and Health Plan 2021-25 and is useful when planning for the municipality’s future needs, ensuring that no one in our community is left behind.

We are in the process of developing our new Domestic Animal Management Plan. The draft plan will be available for public consultation during September and October 2021. 

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

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.

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

The Road Management Plan 2021-2025 (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, 48KB)

8.3. Road and Pathway Hierarchy Maps (pdf, 7MB)

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

8.5. Register of Right of Ways

8.6. Road and Pathway Inspection Manual (pdf, 2MB)