Casey Western Port Green Wedge



UPDATE - Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan Adopted by City Council


Click this link to view the adopted Plan:

Adopted Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan 2019


The Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan was adopted by Council at its meeting on 16 April 2019. The meeting agenda is available here: https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files-public/2019-04/Council%20Meeting%20-%20Agenda%20-%20WEBSITE%20-%2016-04-2019_1.pdf.

Please see Item 7.5 on the agenda for the Council Report and finalised Green Wedge Management Plan.

Thank you to all community members who participated in this extensive planning process. Adoption of the Plan will allow Council to begin work implementing the Plan's recommendations and take steps to turn the community's vision for the Casey Western Port Green Wedge into a reality.

Update on equine-related limited subdivision
Last August Council resolved to ask the State Government and State Opposition for their positions on “equine-related limited subdivision” in the Green Wedge. Council officers recently met with the State Government after the State Election about the equine-related limited subdivision concept. The State Government has made it clear that they do not support further subdivision in the Green Wedge, even limited further subdivision only related to the equine industry.

The support of the State Government and both Houses of Parliament would be needed to allow further subdivision in the Green Wedge. Therefore, based on this feedback from the State Government, Council officers removed the recommendations related to increased subdivision from the finalised Management Plan.



Project Overview

Green wedges are the non-urban areas of metropolitan Melbourne that are situated outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The Western Port Green Wedge is one of the 12 green wedges that surround Melbourne.

Casey’s portion of the Western Port Green Wedge is home to around 11,000 people, is approximately 130 square kilometres in area, and encompasses the southern, mostly rural, part of the City between the southern extent of Casey’s Urban Growth Boundary and Western Port Bay. It includes a mix of land uses, such as agriculture, horse and greyhound training, cultural heritage sites, parks, biodiversity conservation areas, townships, and rural lifestyle lots.

The key attributes and values of the Casey Western Port Green Wedge include its nationally significant indigenous biodiversity, its high value agricultural land, its rural townships and coastal settlements, and its great potential for tourism.

Being located at the edge of the urban area of Casey creates some inherent pressures for change in the Green Wedge. The significant environmental value of sites such as the internationally recognised Ramsar wetlands and important agricultural and horticultural areas can be in tension against the ongoing demand for new urban development, rural lifestyle living, hobby farms, and other uses.

The Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan is a strategic land use plan that will guide the planning and management of the Green Wedge over the next 20 years. It provides objectives and strategies based on clear evidence and extensive community consultation that will assist Council in setting priorities and making decisions about the future of the Green Wedge.

The City of Casey has engaged stakeholders from across the community, business, and government in an in-depth multi-year consultation process to develop the vision, objectives, and strategies contained in this Management Plan.

The Management Plan is structured around theme-based and precinct-based strategic directions. These directions consider issues such as:

  1. Aboriginal and post-contact Heritage
  2. The Green Wedge’s unique landscape, scenic quality, and environmental significance
  3. Promoting tourism and recreational land uses
  4. The versatility of soils in the Green Wedge and the capability of the land for farming
  5. Integrated Water Management, groundwater, septics, and sewage
  6. How to maintain a thriving agriculture and horticulture industry
  7. Preparing for the projected impacts of climate change
  8. Parameters on urban development in the Green Wedge and the review of the impacts, costs, and constraints on urban development
  9. Providing a sustainable and permanent edge to the urban-rural interface
  10. Accommodating major infrastructure within the Green Wedge

The Management Plan will be delivered through an Implementation Plan that outlines specific actions and a timeline to complete them.



UPDATE - Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan Adopted by City Council


Click this link to view the adopted Plan:

Adopted Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan 2019


The Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan was adopted by Council at its meeting on 16 April 2019. The meeting agenda is available here: https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files-public/2019-04/Council%20Meeting%20-%20Agenda%20-%20WEBSITE%20-%2016-04-2019_1.pdf.

Please see Item 7.5 on the agenda for the Council Report and finalised Green Wedge Management Plan.

Thank you to all community members who participated in this extensive planning process. Adoption of the Plan will allow Council to begin work implementing the Plan's recommendations and take steps to turn the community's vision for the Casey Western Port Green Wedge into a reality.

Update on equine-related limited subdivision
Last August Council resolved to ask the State Government and State Opposition for their positions on “equine-related limited subdivision” in the Green Wedge. Council officers recently met with the State Government after the State Election about the equine-related limited subdivision concept. The State Government has made it clear that they do not support further subdivision in the Green Wedge, even limited further subdivision only related to the equine industry.

The support of the State Government and both Houses of Parliament would be needed to allow further subdivision in the Green Wedge. Therefore, based on this feedback from the State Government, Council officers removed the recommendations related to increased subdivision from the finalised Management Plan.



Project Overview

Green wedges are the non-urban areas of metropolitan Melbourne that are situated outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The Western Port Green Wedge is one of the 12 green wedges that surround Melbourne.

Casey’s portion of the Western Port Green Wedge is home to around 11,000 people, is approximately 130 square kilometres in area, and encompasses the southern, mostly rural, part of the City between the southern extent of Casey’s Urban Growth Boundary and Western Port Bay. It includes a mix of land uses, such as agriculture, horse and greyhound training, cultural heritage sites, parks, biodiversity conservation areas, townships, and rural lifestyle lots.

The key attributes and values of the Casey Western Port Green Wedge include its nationally significant indigenous biodiversity, its high value agricultural land, its rural townships and coastal settlements, and its great potential for tourism.

Being located at the edge of the urban area of Casey creates some inherent pressures for change in the Green Wedge. The significant environmental value of sites such as the internationally recognised Ramsar wetlands and important agricultural and horticultural areas can be in tension against the ongoing demand for new urban development, rural lifestyle living, hobby farms, and other uses.

The Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan is a strategic land use plan that will guide the planning and management of the Green Wedge over the next 20 years. It provides objectives and strategies based on clear evidence and extensive community consultation that will assist Council in setting priorities and making decisions about the future of the Green Wedge.

The City of Casey has engaged stakeholders from across the community, business, and government in an in-depth multi-year consultation process to develop the vision, objectives, and strategies contained in this Management Plan.

The Management Plan is structured around theme-based and precinct-based strategic directions. These directions consider issues such as:

  1. Aboriginal and post-contact Heritage
  2. The Green Wedge’s unique landscape, scenic quality, and environmental significance
  3. Promoting tourism and recreational land uses
  4. The versatility of soils in the Green Wedge and the capability of the land for farming
  5. Integrated Water Management, groundwater, septics, and sewage
  6. How to maintain a thriving agriculture and horticulture industry
  7. Preparing for the projected impacts of climate change
  8. Parameters on urban development in the Green Wedge and the review of the impacts, costs, and constraints on urban development
  9. Providing a sustainable and permanent edge to the urban-rural interface
  10. Accommodating major infrastructure within the Green Wedge

The Management Plan will be delivered through an Implementation Plan that outlines specific actions and a timeline to complete them.