Melbourne, Australia Growing Green Environmental Sustainability Plan

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Melbourne, Australia

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted

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The City of Melbourne manages more than 500 hectares of open space including more than 60 parks, gardens and boulevards. We have a public golf course, two skate parks, four aquatic and recreation centres and 14 sporting fields and pavilions. While Melbourne's open spaces are among the most enviable in Australia, we have to make sure that they exist in harmony with the environment. A Melbourne park

The Growing Green Environmental Sustainability Plan is a long-term plan for the future management of the City of Melbourne's open space and recreational facilities.

The Growing Green vision is that:

“The City of Melbourne in 2050 will have the highest-quality parks, gardens, trees and recreational facilities easily accessible to and enjoyed by all who live in or visit the City. These assets and the life that they support will be sustainably managed on behalf of the community and future users with a reduced ecological footprint. “

Under the Growing Green plan, green spaces, sporting facilities and trees will be managed in a more environmentally sustainable way with less water, energy and chemical inputs.

Plantings will be more suitable for Melbourne’s climate, yet the essential heritage attributes of the city’s historic parks, gardens and boulevards will be preserved.

Growing Green covers six themes. These include:

  • Protecting and Enhancing Biological Diversity;
  • Melbourne: A Leafy City;
  • Meeting Community Needs;
  • Respecting Our Heritage;
  • Using Resources Wisely; and
  • Being Waste Wise.

You can view the document in text only or PDF format below:

PDF - Growing Green (1.7MB)
Word - Growing Green (188kb)
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