Goal 3 Communities


Diverse, vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities


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Strategy 3.1

We will work with others and advocate for a substantial increase in the supply of affordable housing in Inner Melbourne.

Opportunities include:


  • Working with research, industry and Government partners to establish new mechanisms for the delivery of affordable housing by the private, philanthropic and community housing sectors;

  • Advocating to grow the capacity of the community housing sector to deliver and manage new affordable housing;

  • Advocating to maintain existing public housing stock levels;

  • Advocating for a spectrum of affordable housing products for different housing market segments and across a broad demographic of low to moderate income households (both rental and home purchase options) to cater for key workers and their families, students, immigrants etc.


Strategy 3.2

We will advocate to achieve improved design quality, internal amenity standards, environmental sustainability and diversity of apartments in all new and refurbished homes in Inner Melbourne.

Opportunities include:


  • Implementing new residential apartment guidelines;

  • Working with industry to address barriers to achieving market delivery of more diverse housing products.


Strategy 3.3

We will work with others to plan and deliver regional and local community infrastructure and services to meet the needs of a rapidly growing resident and worker population.

Opportunities include:


  • Improving integration of community services planning across all IMAP Councils;

  • Establishing innovative models for the design and delivery of community hubs

  • Developing new funding and financing mechanisms for new community infrastructure;

  • Developing new models for private sector delivery of infrastructure;

  • Working with the State Government's Regional Management Forum to complete the 'Integrated Delivery Model' project;

  • Advocating for the utilisation of surplus government land for community infrastructure.


Strategy 3.4

We will work together to deliver accessible regional sporting and recreation facilities which offer a diversity of sporting and recreational opportunities.

Opportunities include:


  • Undertaking a regional sport and recreation study across the IMAP Councils including a gap analysis, consideration of active and passive needs, and the diversity of needs:

    • To allocate land for built facilities, as additional to parks, to actively provide for active and passive recreation;

    • To cater for the specific needs of children and young people growing up in densely settled areas;

    • To address the lack of female focussed areas and facilities.


Strategy 3.5

We will work in partnership with the State Government and non-government education providers to develop new educational facilities and services in the IMAP region in locations that meet forecast local education needs and in ways that allow for shared use by local communities.

Opportunities include:


  • Advocating for the delivery of new education facilities in urban renewal areas;

  • Working with others to increase the availability of lifelong learning facilities and programs for local communities.


Strategy 3.6

We will implement joint programs to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of the Inner Melbourne community.

Opportunities include:


  • Delivering road safety programs;

  • Improving the coordination of accommodation and social support services for homeless people;

  • Applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) approaches in urban renewal areas and other neighbourhoods;

  • Working with others to deliver drug and alcohol programs;

  • Delivering family violence prevention programs;

  • Delivering neighbourhood planning and 'community connections' programs;

  • Undertaking joint research to develop new approaches for promoting healthy living;

  • Facilitating social enterprise business which supports the less advantaged and enhances social awareness.




The 2019-20 IMAP Annual Report is now available - click here.

A copy of the approved Plan is available on this website. Follow this link for further information.