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Sustainable Liveability

The terms ‘liveability’ and ‘sustainability’ so often appear together that they begin to appear interchangeable. The challenge in planning and creating a liveable and sustainable urban region lies in being able to weave the two together by implementing strong, community-focussed initiatives which in turn combine to form the fundamental fabric of our society.

Melbourne’s west is more than its industrial, commercial and residential areas.

In Melbourne's west we have a diverse and valued natural environment, including some of Australia’s Ramsar wetlands on parts of the western shoreline of Port Phillip Bay, popular beaches at Williamstown and Altona, as well as the marine protected area closest to Melbourne’s CBD—the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary.

The region has three major river systems - the Maribyrnong River, Werribee River and Little River - as well as significant creeks being brought back to life (such as Kororoit Creek and Stony Creek).

On the fertile volcanic Werribee Plains in Melbourne’s west, there is now designated land for 15,000 hectares of native grassland reserves, an internationally significant asset, as it is the largest concentration of remaining grassland of this type anywhere in the world.

Communities in Melbourne’s west, seek to enhance the environment in our region. LeadWest, the councils of Melbourne’s west and other organisations (such as the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action, WAGA) have collaboratively developed, and are now implementing, the Werribee Plains Regional Environmental Sustainability Framework, which is designed to provide a clear focus on three key regional environmental sustainability outcomes:

  • Energy—Achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions from our region; and
  • Water—Reducing the demand for potable drinking water use by industry and in new, large-scale suburban developments throughout Melbourne’s west;
  • Natural Environment—Ensuring resilience of natural assets and systems in Melbourne’s west.

Joined-up thinking

  • Liveable places foster civic pride, support a better sense of wellbeing and facilitate healthy activities. Such places facilitate and are woven together to build stronger communities.
  • A quality environment and good planning will create ‘competitive places’ that are attractive for new business and research investment.
  • Smart land use planning is the key to transport efficiency and reduced environmental impacts.
  • A healthy environment, well planned places and a positive vibrant image are prerequisites for encouraging regional tourism to the area.
  • Fostering innovative projects around sustainable energy and water programs creates employment, broadens the skills base and helps make Melbourne’s west more sustainable for the future.


The Western Agenda sets out the following Sustained Liveability goals for our region through to 2016:

  1. Higher real and perceived levels of liveability across all of Melbourne’s west.
  2. Strengthened integration of land use and transport planning throughout the region.
  3. Improved land use efficiency and effectiveness throughout Melbourne’s west.
  4. Strengthened network of well designed, safe and healthy communities across the region.
  5. Reduced environmental impacts by organisations and households throughout the region.
  6. Increased water efficiency throughout the region.
  7. Increased energy efficiency throughout the region.
  8. Improved resilience of the region’s natural assets.

To learn more about the targets, priority actions and responsibilities for advancing Sustained Liveability in Melbourne’s west, please download a copy of the Western Agenda (links below).

If you would like to discuss Sustained Liveability with LeadWest, please contact us.

Date Name File Size
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 1 5.39 MB
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 2 8.14 MB