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Melbourne makes major investments in parks, waste and water

The city is investing more than $19m in capital works to respond to the impact of climate change, better manage its parklands and urban forests and conserve water.

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Infratructure upgrades aim to make Melbourne more resilient and sustainable
Infratructure upgrades aim to make Melbourne more resilient and sustainable

The city of Melbourne has announced major investments in assets to help create a more sustainable city.

 

In its draft Annual Plan and Budget 2019-20, city authorities set out plans to invest more than $19.1m in capital works projects over the coming year. The aim is to respond to the impact of climate change, manage its parklands and urban forests, and conserve and recycle water.

 

Parks and gardens upgrade

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Investment includes $7.1m in infrastructure upgrades across 480 hectares of Melbourne’s parks and gardens and $4.2m to plant at least 3,400 trees as well as care for the more than 80,000 trees in the public realm.

 

“We will continue to plant a variety of new Australian and international species that are suited to warmer temperatures,” said Arron Wood, acting lord mayor.

 

The city is also investing $4.2m in a strategy to collect and re-use rainwater across the city. It is anticipated projects to renew drains and harvest stormwater will protect gardens from drought and extreme weather conditions.

 

In addition, the draft budget includes $1.9m to implement the first year of its “Green Our City” strategic action plan.

 

“We will work with the Victorian Government to create a demonstration green roof in the central city and increase the quality of green roofs and vertical greening across the municipality,” added councillor Cathy Oke, chair of the city of Melbourne’s environment portfolio. “There are currently around 40 green roofs in the municipality.”

 

Alongside the investment in capital works, the city spends $24m annually on waste and recycling services and will invest $900,000 to deliver the first year of a waste and resource recovery strategy.

“We will work with the Victorian Government to create a demonstration green roof in the central city and increase the quality of green roofs and vertical greening across the municipality”

“We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support businesses by rolling out more resource recovery hubs in the central city and expanding organic waste collection services,” continued Oke. “More than 400 businesses have already signed up to use our laneway compactors and are helping to reduce the number of bins on our streets.”

 

Facts on Melbourne’s waste from 2018-19:

  • 30,000 tonnes residential waste collected
  • 11,000 tonnes residential recycling collected
  • 3,500 tonnes collected from street sweepers
  • 2,000 street bins and solar compactor bins emptied each day
  • 5,742 mattresses collected
  • 312 km of roads swept every week.

Public submissions on the draft Annual Plan and Budget 2019–20 are open from 10 May until 7 June 2019 and will be considered at a special meeting of the Future Melbourne Committee on 13 June 2019.

 

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