Green Wedges must be protected for future generations
Published on 22 June 2018
The Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, today described the Green Wedge zones around Melbourne as the healing fields which linked healthy lifestyle with nature at a time when record population growth is fuelling high density living in Melbourne and regional cities.
Speaking before addressing the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council's Green Wedge Summit, Minister Hunt said it is vital to protect and retain the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge as a major health, conservation, agricultural, economic and recreational environment for future generations.
There are approximately 4116 separate dwellings in the Green Wedge, with a 71.5% occupancy rate and an estimated resident population in the order of 8,519 people (2017).
The most recent population of the greater Melbourne region is forecast will nearly double in the next 30 years, from 4.2 million to over 8 million people.
Minister Hunt added: the Green Wedge zones are not just a policy for me, they are a family legacy. My late father was instrumental in implementing Green Wedge zones across Melbourne whilst he was a Minister in the State Government and I want to ensure that these are maintained.
"It is important that given such forecast increased pressures on Green Wedge areas that a pro-active approach is needed to manage these pressures appropriately and to ensure the scenic and natural qualities of these areas are not eroded over time.
"The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council should be congratulated on the development and release of the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge Management Plan today for community discussion.
"The successful protection and management of the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge will depend on many partnerships and commitments including political parties, who have had a bipartisan support for the retention of the Mornington Peninsula and other Green Wedges for four decades, local councils, and government agencies both State and Federal.
"However, it will be local community commitment and involvement from the people who live and work in the Green Wedge and the surrounding villages and towns who ultimately will be central to ensuring the future of the Green Wedge and the quality of the environment we leave our children," Minister Hunt said.
View the Video of the Drone Flight of the Green Wedge HERE.