Melbourne was ranked the most liveable city in the world for seven consecutive years in The Economist Intelligence Unit global liveability ranking. The visionary planning of the city since it was founded lies at the heart of its continuing liveability.
But being an attractive, liveable city is a double edged sword; as the unprecedented rate of population growth takes Melbourne towards 8 million people by 2050, the infrastructure that underpins the vibrancy and success of the city is paradoxically threatened. To address this, government is providing a significant investment in grey infrastructure across Melbourne, most notably the $11B Melbourne Metro rail project and the $16.5B North East Link toll road. Investment is guided by the Infrastructure Victoria 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy.
However, much of the liveability of the city is provided by the extensive parks and open space network across the city, which is equally under threat from rapid urban development, both on the suburban fringes and in established urban areas. To address these threats, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is developing the Metropolitan Open Space Strategy. The strategy will provide a city-scale approach to effectively planning and managing open space across Melbourne.
The strategy will address a range of complex issues through the prism of open space, including the provision of amenity and a healthy environment on the suburban fringes, and the improvement of quality, access and connectivity of public open space.
Mosaic Insights was engaged to advise on the initial architecture of the strategy. In close collaboration with the Department, we developed a vision and principles for open space planning, engaged with key early stage stakeholders and facilitated workshops. The strategy will build on these foundations and be delivered in 2019.