The Barriers

Why hasn't more green space already happened? Our green space experts helped us map 20 barriers across five themes.

 

Funding & Investment

DECISION MAKING

When development decisions are made, plants and trees are rarely top of mind.

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BUSINESS CASE

The business case for green space is well documented but not always well known.

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PRIVATE INVESTMENT

Limited funding mechanisms often means limited funding.

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MAINTENANCE FUNDING

Keeping green spaces green costs money. So who foots the bill?

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Knowledge & Skills

Design

Well-designed green space gets used more, which leads to more demand for green space.

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MEASUREMENT

If you can't measure the benefits, you can't promote them.

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TECHNICAL DETAIL

Technical, cultural and design knowledge are key to a successful green space.

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SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

The more people who understand open space planning and ‘place-making’ principles, the better.

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Policy & Planning

collaboration

How can we create better dialogue across the country and across sectors?

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consistency

Contradictory language and policies can hinder progress.

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planning priorities

When planners put development first at all costs, everyone loses.

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language and perception

We need better ways to give green space a good name.

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Culture & Community

community attitudes

People like trees and plants…until they have to sweep up the leaves.

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HOUSING TRENDS

With a move to greater urban density, where do the plants and trees go?

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OWNERSHIP

When a community owns a green space, who’s responsible for it?

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USE OF SPACE

How do we encourage people to value a piece of bushland as much as they do a sports field?

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Climate & Environment

GROWING CONDITIONS

Unreliable rain, infertile soil, pests and diseases. Sometimes nature is its own hurdle.

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EXTREME WEATHER

Urban heat and extreme flooding are just two weather events that put pressure on green space.

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IRRIGATION

Water can be expensive and hard to come by in a hot, dry country like Australia.

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RISK

Roots, fire, tripping, slipping, falling branches. For every asset there’s a liability.

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