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.

Australia’s #1 collection of best practice tools, guides and resources for professionals. Made in partnership with Living Melbourne.

Our Knowledge, Our Way Guidelines

By CSIRO Australia – 2020

More than 100 Indigenous contributors have created Australia’s first guidelines on how to best strengthen and share Indigenous knowledge in land and sea management.

National Stakeholder engagement

Park It

By Greener Spaces Better Places, The Neighbourhood Project – 2017

Have you ever walked past empty, sad-looking patches of your neighbourhood and thought to yourself: "imagine if that concrete patch was full of plants and trees, it would be a great place to hang out"? This ten-step guide helps communities turn their grey spaces green. In partnership with The Neighbourhood Project.

National Stakeholder engagement

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

Smart Green Cities

By Macquarie University – 2020

Smart Green Cities is a collaborative hub connecting industry, government, researchers and community to create liveable urban environments by inspiring change through evidence-based problem solving.

New South Wales Additional Resources

Start with the grasslands

By Victorian National Parks Association

This guide is a resource for anyone interested in conserving and managing grasslands but particularly useful for those planning new urban areas, including state and local government planners, planning consultants and landscape architects.

Victoria Implementation tools State-specific

Sustainable Gardening Australia website

By Sustainable Gardening Australia – 2013

Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is a not-for-profit social organisation dedicated to achieving a healthy biodiverse planet and vibrant, sustainable communities. It is a registered charity. Its principal purposes are to: 1. encourage, educate and enable home and professional gardeners to adopt sustainable gardening practices to protect or enhance the natural environment or a significant aspect of it; and 2. provide information or education, or carry on research about, the natural environment or a significant aspect of it.

National Additional Resources

Sustainable Subdivisions Framework

By Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment – 2019

In 2019, 16 partner councils, the VPA and CASBE partnered to develop a Sustainable Subdivisions Framework focusing on improving the long term community benefits delivered by a subdivision through the planning process. The Framework is currently being trialed across Victoria by a number of councils initially on residential subdivisions but is also able to be applied to commercial and industrial subdivisions.

Victoria Additional Resources

The City of Melbourne’s Future Urban Forest - Identifying Vulnerability to Future Temperatures

By The University of Melbourne – 2016

The report, commissioned by and for the City of Melbourne, describes the results of a project exploring the vulnerability of tree species currently planted in the City of Melbourne, and identifies some potential new species that may be more suitable for the City’s climate futures. It is worth noting the caveats on the interpretation of species vulnerability.

Victoria Strategies and plans

The Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub

By The Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub – 2020

An Australian based research hub, the mission of the CAUL Hub is to take a holistic view on the sustainability and liveability of urban environments, to help deliver better cities.

National Additional Resources

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities: Tools and Products (TAP) Program

By Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd – 2017

The Tools and Products (TAP) program aims to enable industry adoption and utilisation of key intellectual property outputs from the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities research, to support mainstreaming of water sensitive technologies and practices. At its core, Tools and Products is concerned with the translation of knowledge into software-based tools. It will create an integrated set of platforms to aid decision-making that will transitions our cities towards water sensitive futures.

National Additional Resources
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