Merri-bek 2025 Community Vision


The Merri-bek 2025 Community Vision (previously referred to as Community Plan) is a description of the city in which our community hopes to live, work and play in the near future. It contains the combined visions from over 1,500 Merri-bek citizens, plus representatives from 30 partner organisations, including Council.

The Community Vision is the first step towards aligning the activities, decisions, plans and strategies of those who shape the city - the many community groups and organisations, individuals, service providers, Council and other levels of government.

Moreland 2025 Community Vision proposes working in partnership. Leadership will be shared by the partner organisations that will make plans and take action. There will be opportunities for everyone to work together, according to their interests, to achieve a better Merri-bek. Council is also responsible for ensuring that our plans and decisions are focused on realising the visions in Merri-bek 2025.

Next steps

Consultation and engagement to develop Merri-bek 2025 Community Vision took place in 2013 and into 2014. Council endorsed a draft late in 2014 after public consultation.

At the August 2015 Council Meeting, Council adopted the Merri-bek 2025 Community Vision. From this point, opportunities for participation and implementation will be offered by partner organisations and Council.

Final Merri-bek 2025 Community Vision

Download the Moreland 2025 Community Vision (PDF 7Mb).

The Community Vision contains broad themes that people told us were important, with directions and outcomes for each theme. The Community Vision contains more detail for each theme.

Theme Direction Outcome

Moreland’s People


Moreland community members are mentally and physically healthy, and active

The Merri-bek community members feel connected to others



The Merri-bek community is educated


The Merri-bek community feels safe and is safe



The Merri-bek community has access to affordable housing



Moreland is a diverse and inclusive community


Human rights

The human rights of Merri-bek’s diverse community are upheld

Moreland’s Places and Spaces

Accessible places

People have access to local places and open spaces


Public transport

Public transport meets population growth


Moving around

People can access a variety of mobility options


Looking better

Attractive, clean and well maintained built environment, streetscapes and landscapes


Cultural vibrancy

Cultural and artistic focus of Merri-bek continues to thrive


Preserving history

The historical places of Merri-bek continue to be enhanced


Community infrastructure

The community infrastructure has been maintained to keep up with population growth

Environmentally Sustainable Merri-bek

Responsible natural resource usage

The Merri-bek community is water and energy efficient


Consumption reduction

The Merri-bek community is reducing consumption of resources


Sharing responsibility

Moreland community is environmentally aware and active


Responding to climate change

The Merri-bek community is actively responding to climate change


Enhancing natural environment

Moreland’s natural environment is preserved and enhanced

Moreland’s Economy

Living Local

Moreland community has access to jobs, goods and services locally


Economic growth

Moreland has a growing local economy


Innovative business

Moreland is the place for innovative business opportunities

Civic Leadership

Active partnerships

Partnerships are used to deliver community outcomes


Civic decision making

The Merri-bek community participates in decision making


Financial sustainability

Moreland is financially responsible taking account current and future needs


Community access

The Merri-bek community has access to responsive services which are meeting the demands of a changing community