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The Green Light Tour - Victorian event

20-03-2018

The Green Light Tour launched in Melbourne on Monday, 26 February with a sold-out event at Docklands. 

The Victoria event was held in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, The City of Melbourne, The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub and with the support of Resilient Melbourne, the Living Future Institute Australia and The Nature Conservancy Australia.

The event was attended by over 100 urban greening practitioners and provided a great opportunity to discuss the implementation of urban greening policy.

The key topics covered on the day were: a changing climate and its impact on species selection; the necessity of better community engagement to work together on greening efforts; how local councils can better collaborate to overcome shared barriers; and how technology is helping us better monitor the urban forest.

An interactive workshop was held in the afternoon and provided attendees with the opportunity to deep dive with the experts, who each facilitated a discussion table.

The outcomes from these table discussions are outlined below: 

Table 1: Discussing tree trials with Daniel Tipping from the City of Melbourne 

Key Takeaways:

  • Locations for tree trials are a challenge due to the concerns around failures
  • More partnerships for tree trial sites need to be developed
  • Very little information is shared across councils on tree species or trials

Suggested next steps:

  • Share information about tree trials – if you are interested in sharing tree trials and tree species data with other tour attendees please email hello@202020vision.com.au 

Table 2: Discussing monitoring the urban forest with Joe Hurley from RMIT & The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub 

Key Takeaways:

  • On an individual basis mapping can be costly, but thinking as a whole city can make advanced mapping more affordable
  • Growing areas such as Bendigo are experiencing similar issues to Melbourne, with urban growth leading to a loss of green infrastructure

Suggested next steps:

  • Connect with your surrounding LGAs to discuss the opportunity of sharing the costs of mapping
  • Clarify what is needed from the data and research what the most suitable mapping method is for your needs 

Table 3: Discussing genuinely engaging your community with Helen Rowe from The Co-Design Studio     

Key Takeaways:

  • There is always the opportunity to engage
  • Think outside the square
  • Community engagement is essential for urban greening outcomes
  • Constraints of engaging in innovative ways include insurance, lack of sharing knowledge, ongoing collaboration within a community group, insurmountable council policy or procedure

Suggested next steps:

  • Increase communication between community groups and councils
  • Establish new community groups with new ideas
  • Provide any excuse for people within your community to get together and engage

Table 4: Discussing fostering collaboration in local council with Meg Caffin from Urban Forest Consulting 

Key Takeaways:

  • There is need and appetite for a more formal and regular forum to share and discuss local government urban forestry
  • People are keen to learn more about what the ongoing role of Resilient Melbourne will be in this space
  • There is a broad recognition that land use planning needs further work and understanding

Suggested next steps:

  • Form an LGA specific urban forest forum (Greening the West is a good example)
  • Work more closely with the 202020 Vision to share information
  • Explore reporting mechanisms that could hold LGAs accountable for urban forestry work (perhaps the “know your council” website)

 It was a productive day of knowledge sharing and thoughtful discussion. We are looking forward to continuing supporting urban greening efforts in Victoria and encourage you to get in touch with our team at hello@202020vision.com.au with any feedback or questions. 

The next tour stop is in Adelaide on Tuesday, 27 March. Keep an eye out for a report back on how it goes!

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