In Boroondara, our urban and natural environments often coincide.
Council is responsible for maintaining 595 hectares of open space including areas of the Yarra, Gardiner and Koonung Creek corridors. And with over 240 parks, gardens and reserves, as well as tree-lined streets under our care, we have a dedicated program maintaining over 130,000 trees which contribute to our reputation as one of Melbourne’s leafiest municipalities.
Council works proactively alongside our community to lead initiatives and actions to ensure our natural environment remains healthy and sustainable; with a focus on maintaining and steadily increasing the biodiversity of these corridors by around a hectare a year.
Community involvement in protecting and enhancing our environment is important, and there are many community groups in Boroondara that are making a real contribution to protecting biodiversity in our parks and reserves. These groups work to restore and protect indigenous vegetation and to refresh and maintain vegetation in important natural areas.
Each year we encourage thousands of residents to become more engaged through a wide range of expert-led, sustainability workshops, seminars and field days. Since their introduction, almost 3,500 people have participated in Council’s Living for our Future programs where they learn valuable practical skills and gain know-how about critical issues like water reduction, energy savings, growing food and reducing household waste. If you are interested, your club, school, kindergarten or community organisation can host one of these workshops. For details, see Host a sustainable living workshop.
On Wednesday 5 June 2019 we celebrate World Environment Day. It’s a timely reminder that we can all make a collective difference in our own backyard. If you want to help be an agent of change I would encourage you to find your local environment group to get involved.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara