The challenges facing council greening policies

As Australian cities continue to grow and change, green spaces are becoming more important than ever. Green cities are healthier and more pleasant places to live, for people and wildlife alike.

But green space is often seen as easily replaceable when it ‘gets in the way’ of new developments and infrastructure. In a new paper, CAUL hub researcher Dr Judy Bush looks at the role local government can play in increasing urban greening. Parks, gardens, living green roofs and other green spaces are high on the agenda of many councils.

Using several councils in Melbourne as a case study, Judy found that there is a gap between ambitious greening strategies and implementation. The research shows plans for greening are often constrained by a lack of resources and skills, and when they are executed are not properly evaluated. Read more here. 

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