Use our land

Melbourne Water is the custodian of 33,000 hectares of land across greater Melbourne. Much of this land is available on request for projects which will benefit the wider community: as well as for private and commercial purposes including filming, photography and events.


CEO of Hope City Mission community garden with Melbourne Water staff member
Hope City Mission community garden

Apply to use our land

Want to help turn our land into active community spaces for everyone to enjoy?

We know that finding spaces for community use are few and far between. But across Melbourne, we do manage 33,000 hectares of land, the equivalent of around 60 thousand footy ovals!

Find land near you

Our Space. Your Place is an initiative dedicated to changing the way communities and local groups use Melbourne Water spaces. Incorporated groups are invited to apply to use our land to enhance neighbourhood health and wellbeing.

Use the application to search for an appropriate space for your community concept, source the skills, funding and resources required and then send us an expression of interest.

Big or small, short- or long-term, we are interested in a wide variety of projects which can benefit your local community.

Project ideas

Some of the project concepts we may consider are:

  • community festivals and pop-ups
  • educational spaces
  • play spaces
  • community vegetable gardens
  • native vegetation plantings
  • artwork/murals.


Go to Our Space. Your Place


Staff members walking together amongst the bushes

Bring your project ideas to life

Over the course of three years, we will help support community groups to transform three sites across Greater Melbourne through the delivery of our Community Land Start Up Packages, the first of which was Merlynston Creek Park in 2018.

We know there is a need for community spaces for exercise, relaxation, interaction and connection to local waterways, nature and neighbourhoods. Why not use our land to benefit your local community!

Visit our engagement platform YourSay for stories of how community groups have used our land. 

Go to YourSay


Filming, photography or leasing land

Did you know you can also use our land for filming and photography, or for longer leasing and licensing arrangements, such as grazing, access, recreational and community use? Approval is subject to our public safety, security and operational requirements.

To apply for a permit, complete the form that applies to you. Email your completed application to [email protected], or post it to:

Property Leases and Licences
Melbourne Water
PO Box 4342
Melbourne VIC 3001

Note: We'll be in touch within five business days. The response time will depend on the complexity of your request.

Fees and conditions for leasing land

For leasing land, fees to prepare and administer your agreement will apply, along with an annual rental. Commercial or complex agreements will be subject to valuation and legal costs.

Conditions in the lease or licence will align with the purpose to uphold government policy and statutory requirements, and balance the needs of the tenant with responsibility of the landlord as manager of the land.

All leases and licences will require the tenant to hold public liability insurance.


Before you apply to lease land, contact the Property Leases and Licences team to:

  • confirm Melbourne Water owns the land
  • confirm the land is suitable for use
  • be informed of the process for entering into a lease or license agreement
  • get help completing your application

Please email your completed application to [email protected] or post it to:

Property Leases and Licences
Melbourne Water
PO Box 4342
Melbourne VIC 3001

Note: Processing timeframes will vary depending on the complexity of the request, but allow up to four weeks.


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Last updated:
20 July 2021