A collaboration between Greener Spaces Better Places and Living Melbourne

As anyone working in the urban greening space will know all too well, there’s no shortage of information, tools, resources and case studies out there that can help you to plan, manage, protect and enhance green cover.

The trouble is, however, this information is often disparate and incomplete – making it difficult to access the most appropriate tools, resources and best practice examples.

That’s why we've collected these existing materials together – including tools, guides, publications and case studies – and curate the best of them in a single place: right here, in the Urban Greeners' Resource Hub.

This Hub has been curated following consultation with a panel of urban greening implementation, research and technical experts from across Australia, and we gratefully acknowledge their support and input.

Know about a resource that you believe should be considered in further iterations of the Hub? Please get in touch.

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Planning a Green-Blue City: A How-to Guide for Planning Urban Greening and Enhanced Stormwater Management in Victoria

By Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – 2017

This how-to guide has been developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) to assist cities and towns in planning for increased presence and effectiveness of green-blue infrastructure in their urban areas. It is designed to assist councils and their partners in: • Developing a robust and locally tailored evidence base for green-blue infrastructure opportunities • Identifying green-blue infrastructure opportunities at all scales • Reviewing opportunities for greatest benefit and value • Allocating priority projects and key actions • Identifying delivery pathways and funding mechanisms The guide will assist councils in developing the core components of a green-blue infrastructure action plan that will inform and drive council-led initiatives.

Victoria Strategies and plans

Trees for Cooler Greener Streetscapes: Guidelines for Streetscape Planning and Design

By Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – 2019

These are guidelines for planning and integrating healthier trees in urban streetscapes, with the aim of creating a cooler and greener Melbourne. The focus of these guidelines is supporting better placement and design integration of trees in roads and streets in priority urban areas to increase tree canopy cover. They provide guidance for the planning and design process, example solutions for typical streetscapes and a design catalogue for reference in creating bespoke solutions.

Victoria Implementation tools State-specific

Victorian Biodiversity Atlas

By Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – 2020

The VBA species observations are a foundation dataset that feeds into some of the many biodiversity tools used in DELWP’s everyday decision making - showing where wildlife is now and how this has changed over time. You can use the atlas to search and map species from across the state, check for threatened species in your area.

Victoria State-specific Reporting, Measurement & Tracking

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Vegetation Cover Mapping - 2014 and 2018

By Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – 2018

DELWP has worked in partnership with RMIT University, CSIRO, and the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (CAUL) Hub of the National Environmental Science Program to map and analyse vegetation, land use, and urban heat across Melbourne. The project has been supported by implementation partner Melbourne Water. The project used UrbanMonitor – a digital aerial photography monitoring system developed by the CSIRO – to create the first high-resolution map that records the baseline of urban vegetation across Melbourne. This project mapped imagery in 2014 and 2018. The project can precisely measure the area of tree, shrub and grass cover at a land parcel level and track changes in this area over time. In partnership with RMIT University, CSIRO, Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub of the National Environmental Science Program.