The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region
Current Condition (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 and Reporting).