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.

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Blue + Green = Livability

By Water Services Association of Australia – 2019

The paper talks to the value of water to livable communities. It builds the case for investing in water-enabled green and blue infrastructure and quantifies the public health benefits that can be generated.

Victoria Urban greening benefits

Cities for People and Nature

By Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub – 2020

The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub has released a free e-book, Cities for People and Nature. The e-book showcases the hub’s findings following six years of research. It follows five key themes: cities are Indigenous places, air quality, urban greening, urban biodiversity and future cities. It also explores the impact that the Hub’s research has made on the sustainability and liveability of our urban environments. Readers can interact with the multimedia elements, including video and audio, and find links to useful resources, such as apps, factsheets, reports and more.

Victoria Urban greening benefits Reporting, Measurement & Tracking

City of Melbourne Urban Forest Strategy

By City of Melbourne – 2012

The City of Melbourne is facing the significant challenges of climate change, population growth and urban heating, placing pressure on the built fabric, services and people of the city. A healthy urban forest will play a critical role in maintaining the health and liveability of Melbourne. CoM's Urban Forest Strategy seeks to manage this change and protect against future vulnerability by providing a robust strategic framework for the evolution and longevity of Melbourne's urban forest.

Victoria Strategies and plans


By Melbourne Water – 2020

Clearwater is a capacity building program, recognised for its role in providing programs that equip the water industry with the skills, knowledge and networks to drive the implementation of Integrated Water Management (IWM) practices. The Clearwater website provides access to training, case studies, research papers and publications, fact sheets, tools, guidelines and strategy.

Victoria Additional Resources

Cool It Project

By Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance & Urban Forest Consulting – 2018

The Cool it project used existing spatial data to determine urban areas of 9 Victorian regional and rural Councils that were socially vulnerable to heat impacts. The methodology objective was to pinpoint the intersection of Social Vulnerability, Pedestrian Intensity and Heat.

Victoria State-specific Reporting, Measurement & Tracking
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Council Arboriculture Victoria Public Resources

By Council Arboriculture Victoria – 2020

Council Arboriculture Victoria is committed to freely exchanging knowledge and information that benefits the arboriculture industry. They provide resources to support best practice arboriculture across the public and private realms. Their resources include guidelines and tools to aid tree assessment and reporting for development projects.

Victoria Additional Resources

Establishing Victoria's Ecological Infrastructure: A Guide to Creating Climate Future Plots

By Greening Australia, DELWP – 2020

This guide provides a step-by-step process for organisations and community groups to plan, establish and monitor Climate Future Plots, and to establish a network of climate-resilient plant communities. What's a Climate Future Plot? Climate Future Plots are areas of revegetated and restored land which incorporate genetic and/or species diversity to enhance habitat resilience to the uncertain and unpredictable effects of climate change. By including and monitoring the success of a mixture of local and climate pre-adapted plant genotypes (such as seed from hotter and drier climates) the plots aim to enhance the resilience of natural landscapes to the changing climate and to actively inform future restoration and biodiversity conservation management. In partnership with Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

Victoria Implementation tools

Explore Sustainable Water Projects in the City of Melbourne

By City of Melbourne – 2020

The City of Melbourne is working to create a sustainable and resilient water system that will support liveability into the future. As well as changing the way we manage and use water, we are completing projects that provide alternative sources of water, increase permeability and reduce pollution in our waterways.

Victoria Case studies

Green Factor Tool

By Melbourne City Council – 2019

Green Factor is a green infrastructure assessment tool designed by City of Melbourne and developed to help with designing and constructing new buildings that are environmentally friendly and include green infrastructure.

Victoria Implementation tools

Greening Melbourne: One Laneway at a Time

By City of Melbourne – 2019

From growing vertical gardens to planting trees and creating pocket parks, many of Melbourne's laneways have enormous potential to become the city’s backyard. There are over two hundred lanes in the central city, making up an area of almost nine hectares. City of Melbourne's (CoM) Green Your Laneway program helps transform the city’s laneways into leafy, green and useable spaces for everyone to enjoy. As part of the program, CoM developed a world-first interactive map to show laneways that could go green, based on the amount of sunlight they receive, exposure to wind and physical characteristics.

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