West Melbourne urban greening achieves success

November 4, 2017 by  

Using the “Greening the West” initiative, West Melbourne has been transformed into a greener and more pleasant place to be in.

The initiative was started by City West Water, focusing on local government areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, and Wyndham. Apart from local councils, credit also goes to others including community groups, water utilities, and state government agencies.

Since 2011, 23 different organisations have worked together to successfully plant approximately 1 million trees around the west of Melbourne. This is good news following some reports that stated the number of tree canopies in Australian cities are generally declining.

The tree planting initiative offers various economic and health benefits – higher house prices, improved environment for outdoor activities, and increased overall happiness among people.

According to studies, the socioeconomic and health status of Melbourne’s west fall behind the other regions. This corresponds to the relatively low amount of tree canopy coverage of merely 5% – 10% in the region, compared to the usual metropolitan averages. The rest of the Melbourne metropolitan areas have at least between 10% – 30% of quality green coverage.

Although the "Greening the West" initiative has accomplished a great deal of success, a recent report has indicated that more work is required to further the success of urban greening. The report also states that more help is required, especially from the Victorian government.

Attempts to educate the public on the importance of planting and conserving trees need to target children from a young age. Educational poster printing and display are often found in schools to teach kids the importance of urban greening.