Monash Open Space Strategy

Holmesglen Reserve, Ashwood

As Monash’s population continues to grow, it is important residents have access to quality public open space for them to enjoy.

The Monash Open Space Strategy has been prepared in response to the community’s desire for more open space. It will be used to guide Council in providing open space now and in the future.

The Strategy looks at what the future needs of the community might be over the next 10 years and how to plan for them.

Key Documents

Summary of the full document:

Monash Open Space Strategy October 2018 - Summary (pdf, 15MB)

Full document with appendices:

Monash Open Space Strategy - October 2018 (pdf, 57MB)

Strategy in parts:

Chapters 1 - 2 (pdf, 8MB)
1. Introduction
2. Open space context and definitions

Chapters 3 - 4 (pdf, 11MB)
3. Existing open space in Monash and the future challenges
4. Equitable, good quality future open space

Chapters 5 - 8 (pdf, 6MB)
5. Improving the off road trails network
6. Managing spaces for sustainable sport
7. Open space to suit increasing density
8. Other aspects of open space

9. Precinct open space analysis and actions:

Precincts 1 - 4 (pdf, 11MB)
Precinct 1 : Ashwood / Burwood
Precinct 2 : Chadstone
Precinct 3 : Clayton
Precinct 4 : Glen Waverley

Precincts 5 - 8 (pdf, 7MB)
Precinct 5 : Hughesdale
Precinct 6 : Mount Waverley
Precinct 7 : Mulgrave
Precinct 8 : Notting Hill

Precincts 9 - 12 (pdf, 8MB)
Precinct 9 : Oakleigh South
Precinct 10 : Oakleigh
Precinct 11 : Oakleigh East / Huntingdale
Precinct 12 : Wheelers Hill

Appendices 1 - 4 (pdf, 4MB)
Appendix 1 : Process for preparing the MOSS
Appendix 2 : Core Service Levels
Appendix 3 : Map – Open space landscape setting
Appendix 4 : Open space contribution rate planning

Next Steps

A key direction of the Monash Open Space Strategy is to update the public open space contribution rates for subdivision under the Monash Planning Scheme.

Council is currently proposing a planning scheme amendment (Amendment C148) to increase the public open space requirement for subdivision to 10% cash, 10% land, or a mix of both. Currently Council requires a public open space contribution of between 2% and 5% depending on the number of lots created.

A contribution rate of 10% has been determined as necessary to deliver a reasonable standard of open space provision across the whole of Monash for a growing population. This contribution rate reflects the need to ensure that all residents in the future have contributed to providing an appropriate level of public open space services and recognises a need of 30 square metres per person.

For more information, please read: Planning Scheme Amendment C148


Council adopted the Monash Open Space Strategy at its 30 October 2018 meeting. For more information, please read:

Report to Council Meeting 30 October 2018 (pdf, 448KB)

Attachment: Summary of Changes (pdf, 125KB)

Attachment: SGS Economics & Planning - Final Report (pdf, 3MB)

The adopted Strategy was prepared in response to community feedback that Council sought on a draft strategy during October 2017.

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Last updated: 27 July 2021