This means 'breathtaking' in Woi wurrung language

A beautiful city that celebrates its identity, heritage and open spaces

Can you imagine what a Beautiful Moonee Valley looks like in 2040?

  • We celebrate our rich heritage and the value of our cultural links to Wurundjeri Country
  • We achieve design excellence in all Council-owned buildings and facilities
  • Our city is regarded as a beautiful place with a diversity of spaces
  • We achieve a connected network of high-quality open space that is appropriate to the needs of our community

Realising a Beautiful Moonee Valley

These strategic directions, objectives and actions provide the framework to realise a Beautiful Moonee Valley.

With more people using our trails and open spaces, we are taking the opportunity to make sure our local identity is embedded within the natural and built landscapes.

We're working with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People's to embed Wurundjeri culture into Moonee Valley's identity.

The historic fabric of Moonee Valley requires conservation and protection, and we’re working to expand our ability to preserve the heritage of our neighbourhoods.

What does Council do?
“We oversee growth and development in Moonee Valley. We protect what makes our neighbourhoods unique.”
  • The historic Incinerator Gallery, designed by Walter Burley Griffin, is one of 13 such incinerators built across Australia from 1930 to 1938. It is one of six that remain and the only one in Victoria.
  • Moonee Valley is home to 27 properties on the Victorian Heritage Register.

We know our city is going to grow and change, and our city needs to develop in a way that is safe, diverse and accessible to all. We plan to facilitate this growth and change by establishing a framework for high quality design of our built environment.

What does Council do?
“We build and improve Council roads, paths, drains, buildings, public facilities and spaces.”
“We plan large scale building projects to meet the needs of our community.”
“We support Moonee Valley's growth. We make sure plans, investment and decisions meet community needs now and in the future.”

We want our public spaces to engage all members of our community and be filled with activity and community life. We plan to activate, green and beautify our city to make our public spaces attractive and inviting areas.

We also plan to facilitate the use of public spaces for new and varied activities. This is especially relevant in pandemic recovery use of some indoor spaces is limited and outdoors becomes more important for recreation and exercise.

Through the pandemic restrictions we saw more people shopping at their local shopping strips, and we want this to continue. We are designing streetscape improvements that will result in high-quality well-designed places that people will want to visit and spend time in.

  • Moonee Valley has 97 playgrounds.

We know that open space and nature promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes, which is especially important as we face a new way of life. We will upgrade playgrounds and parklands, and develop guidelines for our open space in line with our approach to 20-minute neighbourhoods to further develop our beautiful spaces.

  • Moonee Valley has around 220 parks, gardens and open space reserves that cover around 12.5% of the municipality by area (528 hectares)
  • There are 30 hectares of conservation land of which 17 hectares are remnant vegetation with valuable Ecological Vegetation Classes, including Temperate Grasslands, Plains Grassy Woodlands, Escarpment Shrublands and Riparian Woodland
  • The city is home to, or frequented by, more than 93 native bird species, 12 mammal species, three frog species and numerous insects
  • The Wurundjeri People are the Traditional Custodians of the land. They relied on the Maribyrnong River, Moonee Ponds Creek and Steele Creek for cultural purposes, fishing, transport and food.