The growth of Moonee Valley

Melbourne is a growing city. The population of Melbourne is expected to reach 7.7 million by 2051. The State Government has the challenging task of working out the best way to accommodate this growth.

Population growth is occurring across Metropolitan Melbourne, in particular in established inner urban areas like Moonee Valley.

The State Government is directing us to put the population growth in and around busy centres (activity centres), where there are shops, services and access to public transport. View the map towards the end of this page to see where Moonee Valley activity centres are situated.

We are not responsible for this growth. Melbourne’s population is increasing and more people want to live in well-connected inner urban areas like Moonee Valley. The market is driving the growth. Our job is to try and plan for it. 

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050

Plan Melbourne is the State Government's metropolitan planning strategy that defines the future shape of the city and state over the next 35 years.

On 11 March 2017, the revised Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 was released by the Minister for Planning to provide a long-term vision for managing Melbourne’s growth and change until 2050.
Originally released in 2014, Plan Melbourne underwent a ‘refresh’ to ensure that it accurately reflects community and expert priorities and advice. As part of this process, we made a submission (Word, 88KB) on the refresh discussion paper which was endorsed at the Ordinary Meeting on 15 December 2015.

Key differences between Plan Melbourne 2014 and Plan Melbourne 2017 include the following:

  • A new Outcome 4, which focuses on preserving Melbourne’s sense of place and identity so that it remains a distinctive and liveable city with quality design and amenity.
  • More flexibility so that the plan can be reviewed and updated in line with Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy.
  • Inclusion of actions and some initiatives in a separate five-year Implementation Plan.
  • Reduction of the number of actions from 334 to 112, through both consolidation of actions and removing those that have been completed since 2014.
  • New maps and graphics added and projections updated.
  • Revision of the monitoring and reporting framework, including alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Setting out the roles of lead and partner agencies including departments, government agencies and councils who will work together to deliver actions.

For more information, please visit the Plan Melbourne website.


One way we are planning for this growth is through our Municipal Parking Strategy.

The decisions in the parking strategy were not made lightly. We know that many residents will find the changes tough but we had to take action now to reduce the number of cars in our local area as the population continues to grow. All inner urban councils are faced with these challenges and are taking the same approach.

Items in the strategy include:

  • New developments no longer get parking permits to park on the street. So if you are moving into the area you either need to purchase a place with parking or not own a car.
  • Reducing the number of permits per household. In some areas of Moonee Valley more permits were issues compared to available spaces.
  • Being able to purchase a book of 10 temporary parking vouchers for visitors, parities or special occasions.
  • A new hierarchy so we can consistently decide how our limited road space should be used and by whom.
  • Permits being for an area rather than just one street to help spread demand.

Public transport

Local Government is not responsible and has no control over public transport. This is under the jurisdiction of the State Government. 

We have been advocating strongly to the State Government for transport improvements. We recently opposed the East West Link and have been joining other councils to urge the State Government to spend this money on public transport improvements.

Planning for growth in the busy centres

As Melbourne grows do we want to end up like Sydney or LA, congested with cars, pollution and out of control urban sprawl? Or do we want to try and take a different approach so Melbourne remains affordable, liveable and sustainable.

To achieve this we need to create a city where people live close to shops, services and public transport so they can don’t need to drive everywhere and rely on cars.

Using sustainable transport is not possible for everyone, but we need to start taking the steps to encourage those that can leave their cars at home to start walking, cycling or catching public transport to get around.

The State Government is directing us to put the population growth in and around busy centres (activity centres), where there are shops, services and access to public transport. This map shows where Moonee Valley activity centres are situated.

Last updated: Sunday, 9 December 2018, 10:06 AM