7. Community facilities and services meet growth

Melbourne will provide the facilities and services needed to ensure our community is a strong one. Our facilities and services are assets that contribute to our health and happiness, encouraging people to meet, collaborate and participate. Melbourne's facilities and services will reflect our commitment to sustainability, and will keep pace with a growing population.

Ensuring our municipal infrastructure meets the needs of our future population is a major challenge for Melbourne. Much of our subterranean infrastructure (such as drains and sewers) was laid out in the mid-to-late 19th Century and some is nearing either its capacity or the end of its life. Our aging infrastructure will need to be upgraded, with new technologies incorporated where necessary.

In the coming years we will need to replace, maintain or supplement the following:

  • roads and footpaths
  • drainage
  • sewerage
  • sports and recreation facilities
  • public spaces
  • education services for people of all ages and cultural/language backgrounds and
  • social and health services.

Melbourne's social and physical infrastructure, largely the responsibility of the Victorian and Australian governments, has not kept pace with our rapid population growth.

With a large working and visiting population, our facilities and services are used by many who are not local residents, placing more stress on supply. Agencies and services for homeless people, people with mental health issues and Indigenous people particularly feel the strain. As a capital city, some of Melbourne's services (such as large/specialist hospitals and major universities) are accessed by the whole of Victoria.

Sport and recreation infrastructure must also keep pace with growing - and changing - demands from our diverse communities. Planning for parks, open spaces and ovals must include consideration for issues such as climate change. Flexible and more sustainable (drought resistant) playing surfaces are an option, as well as possibly introducing a wider range of sporting activities. Melbourne’s public spaces represent a great opportunity for expanding our offering of communal sporting pursuits. However, we will need to be careful to balance organised sport options with passive recreation opportunities.

Goals Indicators Outcomes

Provision of infrastructure

Comprehensive physical and social infrastructure for rapidly growing, diverse and changing communities.

Services and support provided to vulnerable communities.

A range of physical and social infrastructure to support our growing and diverse youth.

Increasing proportion of residents who feel they can access services when needed. Current: Indicator to be developed.

Comprehensive community infrastructure and services support diverse communities.

A whole-of-government approach, including the establishment of partnerships to deliver community infrastructure, exists.

Young people are supported and given opportunities to connect and participate in meaningful employment, educational, recreational and social pathways.

Sport and recreation infrastructure

Recognising the importance of sport and recreation, encourage activities that build healthy lifestyles and social connectedness.

Amount of parkland. Current 568 ha 1

Number of people who visit City of Melbourne sports and recreational facilities each year. Current: 1.5 million 2

Sporting facilities accommodate our growing population, our diverse communities, and a range of sports from a wide variety of cultures.

Access to sporting facilities is improved and participation increased.

Sports facilities and grounds are of the highest standard of environmental sustainability.

Access to sporting opportunities and facilities exist for people of all abilities.

Financing infrastructure

Infrastructure is provided via a variety of innovative and cost effective means without adversely impacting on affordability.

Indicator to be developed.

Infrastructure is delivered to communities in a timely manner contributing to the amenity of an area and providing for our growing population.

Relevant global city ranking

  • EIU Liveability Ranking, particularly Healthcare, Education, and Infrastructure rankings, which combined comprise 50 per cent of the total score. Since this is a deficit model, and a high number is thus negative, the aim is to score as low as possible.

See also


1 : City of Melbourne (2008) Melbourne - a snapshot

2 : City of Melbourne (2008) Active Melbourne

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