The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a successful pilot program looking at ways to create communities where most daily needs are within walking distance.
Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne today released a series of reports on the 20-Minute Neighbourhood Pilot Program, which gives advice on planning neighbourhoods where people can live locally.
As Melbourne’s population grows, there’s a need to think differently about how communities are planned to cut down on congestion, support a transition to a low carbon future and improve public health.
The Labor Government’s strategy to build a more livable Melbourne by 2050 uses the 20-minute Neighbourhood principle, where people can access most of their daily needs within 800 metres or a 20 minute walk from home.
Research shows that 20 minutes is the maximum time people are willing to walk to access services such as schools, parks, local health facilities and shops.
To create a more equitable, healthy and liveable city, these daily needs should all be within walking distance from housing.
The Government has been working in partnership with the Heart Foundation, Victoria Walks and councils to deliver projects in Croydon South, Strathmore and Sunshine West.
The community-led projects identified opportunities to manage growth, improve walkability and infrastructure.
Some key opportunities include:
- Developing streetscape improvements
- Improving pedestrian safety and access
- Installing cycling connections to town centres
- Exploring housing diversity options
The Government will now work with councils to turn these opportunities into a reality.
As stated by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“As Victoria grows, we need to create neighbourhoods that are safe, accessible and provide services that support local living.”
“The 20-minute neighbourhood reports establish a roadmap for government to deliver communities that are vibrant, healthy and well connected.”