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20 minute neighbourhoods

20-minute neighbourhoods

As part of Plan Melbourne 2017 – 2050 (Plan Melbourne), the Victorian government is partnering with the Heart Foundation, Victoria Walks, local governments, the private sector and communities to deliver a pilot program to develop a series of 20 minute neighbourhoods at three locations across Melbourne.

This project also involves the development of further guidance, case studies, and web-based resources. Ultimately, a 'neighbourhood index' or other tools to help measure the success of, and monitor, 20-minute neighbourhoods across the city will also be delivered.

What is a 20-minute neighbourhood?

In a 20-minute neighbourhood people have the choice to live locally, with the ability to meet most of their everyday needs including access to shops, childcare and schools, parks, doctors and public transport, within a 20-minute walk, or alternatively cycle or local public transport trip from their homes.

The 20-minute neighbourhood concept is all about creating walkable, healthy, cohesive, sustainable communities with strong local economies, while reducing the need to travel and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

20 minute neighbourhoods are a great example of how Plan Melbourne can help shape a city of inclusive, vibrant neighbourhoods.

Plan Melbournestates that a 20-minute neighbourhood must:

  • be safe, accessible and well connected for pedestrians and cyclists to optimise active transport
  • offer high-quality public realm and open space
  • provide services and destinations that support local living
  • facilitate access to quality public transport that connects people to jobs and higher-order services
  • deliver housing/population at densities that make local services and transport viable
  • facilitate thriving local economies.
The pilot program

Local government areas in three diverse locations in the middle and outer areas of Melbourne will be selected based on a variety of criteria including the diversity of challenges they present, and therefore the opportunity for them to provide a range of valuable lessons and case studies for other municipalities to learn from.

The project will provide a real-life demonstration, with resources and information to be made openly available to maximise knowledge sharing.

Central to the pilot will be the adoption of a 'community partnership' approach, where state and local governments partner with local communities and others to deliver the project. The project will be based on a shared understanding of the issues and the best options for addressing these, and be shaped by the views of the local community.

Project timeline

It is anticipated the pilot program will commence in early 2018, and that by December 2018, it will be completed and the results released.

Project outputs and documents will be shared on this site.

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