Infrastructure looks at our health and education precincts, open space and water sensitive urban design.

Health and education precincts

Major health and education precincts across metropolitan Melbourne have been identified in Plan Melbourne for further services and jobs growth. These precincts are seen to stimulate innovation, create employment and are of fundamental importance to the emerging knowledge economy and surrounding communities.

The Health and education precinct policies recognise the specialised role of St Vincent’s/ACU and Epworth in both Yarra and metropolitan Melbourne.

The policies support uses that complement the roles of these precincts and manages the impact on the surrounding area.

Open space

Our City is home to great parks, reserves, urban spaces and waterways that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. With a growing population and increasing density, it's important that quality open space is within a safe and easy walk.

The Open Space policy protects existing open space and seeks to increase the quantity and quality of open space that meets the needs of our community.

Public open space contribution

Space in inner urban Melbourne comes at a premium and the cost of purchasing new public open space generally cannot be met by the contributions of rate payers alone. So a common approach to funding open spaces is through an open space contribution.

The Public Open Space Contribution policy identifies when and where land contributions for public open space are preferred over cash contributions. It also sets out criteria for suitable land that can be contributed as public open space. This is an update and translation of existing policy into the new format.

Infrastructure contributions

This policy seeks to support development to provide contributions towards the upgrading or provision of infrastructure through voluntary contributions.

Water sensitive urban design

Waterways are an important environmental asset and measures that protect, or improve, water quality will be of significant benefit environmentally, socially and economically. Incorporating stormwater treatment measure into the design of development, will help to protect and improve the condition of the natural waterways and passively irrigate urban vegetation.

The Water Sensitive Urban Design policy seeks to reduce pollutants in storm water to improve the health of waterways. It also promotes the collection and reuse of water on site. This is a translation of the existing policy into the new format.


Minimising waste and increasing recycling and reuse are important environmental priorities for Council. In particular, Council is working to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill.

The Waste policy makes provisions for waste and recycling in new development.

Learn more about the infrastructure policies

The video below explains the transport and infrastructure policies in Amendment C269 in more detail.