Our Region, Our Environment, Our Future.
State Government Victoria
The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region

Current condition of the Hinterland

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.

Current extent of the Hinterland in the whole region
Council

 
Total current Hinterland extent
(Ha)    
Green Wedge
(Ha)     
Farm
Zone
 (Ha)            
Rural
cons.
(Ha)    
Rural Living Zone (Ha)     Special use Zone (Ha)
Bass Coast 33,707 - 31,982 1,691 34 -
Baw Baw 46,521 - 46,399 - 122 -
Brimbank 821 378 - 443 - -
Cardinia 78,838 58,973 77 19,783 5 13,174
Casey 13,534 11,470 31 2,033 - -
Frankston 2,085 1,178 6 901 - -
French Island 6,479 - 4,598 1,881 - -
Golden Plains 8 - - 8 - -
Greater Dandenong 3,542 2,206 3 1,333 - -
Greater Geelong 16,751 - 15,418 1,333 - -
Hepburn 980 - 887 92 1 -
Hume 23,430 23,221 71 138 - -
Kingston 391 391 - - - -
Knox 589 354 - 235 - -
Macedon Ranges 81,496 - 39,788 28,839 12,869 -
Manningham 2,917 - - 2,917 - -
Maroondah 132 132 - - - -
Melton 27,624 22,315 37 5,272 - -
Mitchell 13,485 - 13,336 149 - -
Moorabool 63,164 - 57,309 3,651 2,204 -
Mornington Peninsula 41,159 41,159 - - - -
Murrindindi 2,552 - 2552 - - -
Nillumbik 27,840 4,765 - 23,075 - -
South Gippsland 25,322 - 24,780 542 - -
Whittlesea 27,762 12,674 121 6,656 - 8,311
Wyndham 21,585 9,531 42 12,012 - -
Yarra Ranges 78,931 63,492 - 15,275 164 -
Total 641,645 252,239 237,437 128,259 15,399 21,485


 

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).