In 1971 ,during a comprehensive review of its Metropolitan Planning Policies, the Board set land aside in six major open space reservations. In June 1973 the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) accepted the financial responsibility for the development of a Metropolitan Park System based on five of the six major open space reservations. This decision was designed to provide land and facilities for recreational opportunities, mainly of a regional nature, the provision of which would be generally beyond the resources of the local municipalities. The setting up of the parks is a tangible example of planning to cater for both our current and future recreational needs and to contribute to an environmental heritage of which all Melbournians can be proud.
This paper provides a thorough description of the objectives, policies and plannings of MMBW.