Within this strategy, the Hinterland is defined and mapped as the land around Melbourne zoned in municipal planning schemes as either ‘Green Wedge’, ‘Rural Living’, ‘Farming’, ‘Rural Conservation’ or, in some relevant instances , ‘Special Use’.
There are currently almost 670,000 hectares (approximately 51%) of the region zoned in this way, surrounding and jutting into Melbourne's urban area. The Hinterland occurs in 25 of the 38 Councils in the region.
This assessment of the extent of the Hinterland is used to set targets for the future (Targets). The rationale for the targets is that an important value for the region is the Hinterland's extent and capacity to support natural ecosystems, productive agriculture, food security, open space and amenity values accessible to Melbourne's communities.
Lead organisations are committed to achieving the targets (Leadership) and arrangements are in place to monitor and report on progress and success (Monitoring & Reporting).