Supporting Solution:

How to Share the Cost

An exploration of ways in which you create and pay for useful and beloved green spaces.

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Launching 2018

Councils can’t always afford to maintain and pay for the associated costs of public green space – but this needn’t prevent them from making it happen.

In fact, there are a range of proven ways to create, fund, manage and activate incredible green spaces that aren’t solely reliant on council funds.


An easy-to-access explanation and comparison of various funding and governance models that enables you to think more laterally about how you might be able to fund the development and ongoing maintenance of your green space.


A specific model of governance generally determines the ownership, responsibility, funding, maintenance obligations and authority associated with green space. Traditionally, most green space has been the sole responsibility of local council, but this needn’t be so.

This ‘how-to’ investigates a range of alternative governance models to learn from and experiment with, including those that:

  1. Use private investment to establish or to contribute to a green space.
  2. Enable community contributions of time/space/money to establish and maintain a public green space.
  3. Protect members of the public as well as investors from liability, damages, and other associated risks.


  • Provides those who are keen to try with an alternate mode of governance and precedent.
  • Inspires best practice and innovation.


"The benefit of a tactical approach is that it allows the rapid transformation of streets and public spaces, without the cost or the risk."

Lucinda Hartley, Co-Founder & CEO, CoDesign Studio, VIC.


Heather Lindsay, LLC, QLD. Brett Skyring, Panther Consultant Planners, QLD. Erin Harrison, EMRC, WA. Anthony Kimpton, UQ, QLD. Rob Goodbun, EHP, QLD. Carole Fudge, Benara Nurseries, WA. Scott Glassborrow, City of Belmont, WA. Pierre Quesnel, UDLA, WA. Emily Rigby, Cedar Hill Australian Plants Online/Australian Plants Specialist, QLD. Bruce Jeffreys, GoGet/Dresdens/ NSW. Paul Barber, Arbor Carbon, WA. Emma James, E2DesignLab, NSW. Greg Priest, JBA, QLD. Matt Lang, DPTI, SA. Mara Bun, Green Cross Australia, QLD. David Martin, AILA, NSW. Lyndal Plant, UQ/BCC, QLD. Ellen Regos, Play Australia, VIC. Ashley Pittard, City of Rockingham, WA. Natasha Davis, Sustainable Focus, SA. Ryan Jones, University of Newcastle, NSW. Michael Smit, Rainwater Harvesting, QLD. Maggie Hine, Onkaparinga, SA. Gwilym Griffiths, Marrickville Council, NSW. Cassandra Brown, City of Gold Coast, QLD. Bernadette May, Moreton Bay Council, QLD. Joanne Smith, City of Fremantle, WA. Jean-Paul van der Hulst, Hume City Council, VIC. Sally Hamilton, Willoughby City Council, NSW. Ella Gauci- Seddon, Outline SA. Lisa Kuiri, UQ, QLD. Chris Wilkins, Pod Plants, NSW. Grant Dalwood, NGISA, SA. Colin Scott, North Perth Community Centre, WA. Hamish Mitchell, Speciality Trees, VIC. Pip Hildebrand, Do it on the Roof, VIC. Jon Strachan, City of Fremantle, WA. Gerhard Grasser, Tree Preservation Australia, VIC. Michael Oke, Yarra City Council, VIC.