Liveability reflects the wellbeing of a community, and the many characteristics that make a place where people want to live, now and in the future. A liveable city or region meets the basic social, environmental and economic needs of its people. It also addresses community values and preferences for amenity, wellbeing and a sense of place.

​Enhancing Melbourne’s liveability

For many decades we've looked after the health of our community by providing safe and secure drinking water, reliable sanitation and effective flood management. We're committed, through our Strategic Direction, to enhancing the life and liveability of Melbourne. We're delivering on this commitment by engaging in projects that deliver more community benefit, where it's compatible with our current services.

This includes projects that contribute to:

  • new / improved shared pathways
  • improved connectivity
  • improved access
  • community connections
  • equity of use/users
  • cultural connection
  • quality and quantity of open space
  • passive and active recreation
  • enhancing connection to nature
  • improvement to amenity
  • significant sites
  • access and safety
  • passive cooling of buildings and public places
  • shade and water features

Benefit to the community

There's strong evidence of a positive relationship between access to safe, green open space and the physical health and wellbeing of our communities. As Melbourne grows it's becoming more important that we provide opportunities for exercise such as cycling and walking, community interactions and access to open outdoor areas.

Recreation occurs on our land in many different forms, from the reservoir parks (managed by Parks Victoria) to shared pathways, football ovals located in retarding basins, BBQ facilities, picnic tables and other recreational infrastructure constructed on our land.

Vegetation on our land can also provide social value, through improving amenity, shade and cooling for heat stressed environments, and connecting people with nature.

You can play a role

If you have a great idea for using our land to benefit the community, we want to hear about it.

Our Space Your Place is an application that allows you to browse our land, view the estimated availability and express interest in using the land to benefit the community.

You can also apply for grants: find out how

Our Space Your Place application

Use Melbourne Water Land

Case studies in liveability

Last updated:
22 September 2019