Frequently Asked Questions / More information

What are benefits of 'open spaces'?


The benefits that urban open space provides to citizens can include recreation, ecology, and aesthetic value.




What is an 'open space'?


By definition, an 'urban open space' is : open space areas for "parks," "green spaces," and other open areas.




How long will a project like this take?


Construction can range from 1-2 years.




How does Council fund its parks and recreational facilities?


Funding for our parks and recreational facilities is derived from general rate revenue, government grants and contributions by developers, which we collect and hold in an Open Space Reserve fund.




When was the last open space strategy reviewed?


2006.




Were the actions from the last strategy implemented?


Since the last Open Space Strategy was prepared in 2006, Council has: · Created 5 new pocket parks and opened 4Ha of public open space at Victoria Park. · Added 1.2Ha to the open space network by closing a road and removing two car parks and three buildings that were no longer required. · Invested $48.7M in capital improvements across the open space network.




How does access to open space in Yarra compare to other inner urban Councils?


Yarra residents currently have access to 25.3m2 of open space per person which is in the low range compared to other inner urban Local Government Areas. Comparative summary of open space in inner urban municipalities: City of Yarra (2016 Census) Total area of municipality: 1,950 Ha Total open space area: 240.2 Ha Total estimated population: 93,380 % proportion of open space to total area of the municipality: 12.3% Total area of open space per person: 25.7m2 City of Stonnington (2016 Census) Total area of municipality: 2,150 Ha Total open space area: 82 Ha Total estimated population: 111,606 % proportion of open space to total area of the municipality: 7.1% Total area of open space per person: 16.3m2 City of Port Phillip (2016 Census) Total area of municipality: 2,064 Ha Total open space area: 565Ha Total estimated population: 148,044 % proportion of open space to total area of the municipality: 15.5% Total area of open space per person: 40m2 City of Melbourne (2016 Census) Total area of municipality: 3,650 ha Total open space area: 434.8Ha Total estimated population: 108,558 % proportion of open space to total area of the municipality: 20% Total area of open space per person: 38m2




Who is behind 'our streets are not garages'?


Message Consultants, a town planning firm based in Collingwood, has developed the 'Our Streets are not Garages' campaign to raise awareness about the congestion of cars in our streets and seek support for more urban open spaces.





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