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Green Wedge

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Green Wedge is 8,462, with a population density of 0.20 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Green Wedge incorporates the areas in Mornington Peninsula Shire which are outside the urban growth boundary. These areas are generally away from the coast and the fringe of metropolitan Melbourne.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing, farming, market gardening, orcharding and timber-getting. Some growth took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the construction of the Mornington and Stony Point railway lines. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population increased slightly during the late 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. The population declined slightly between 2001 and 2011, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

The Green Wedge is a mainly non-urban area. Areas in the Green Wedge are protected from inappropriate development due to their agricultural, environmental, historic, landscape or recreational values. Much of the land is taken up by national park, other parklands, farms, orchards, market gardens and wineries/vineyards.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mornington Peninsula National Park, Arthurs Seat State Park, Buckley Nature Conservation Reserve, Kangerong Flora Reserve, Main Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve, Mornington Tourist Railway, 'The Briars' Park, several golf courses and numerous wineries/vineyards.