Sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do at Stonnington and Environment is one of the four main pillars of our Council Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 4MB). The Council Plan documents our commitment is to:
- improve local biodiversity and open space
- manage and use resources efficiently, and
- support the community to respond to emerging environmental issues.
Supporting the Council Plan, our Sustainable Environment Strategy 2018-2023(PDF, 6MB) outlines how we will achieve outcomes set for our operations, and how we will lead, engage and collaborate with others along the way.
The Strategy outcomes are contained within five priority areas:
- Climate change and energy
- Resources and waste management
- Integrated water management
- Urban environment
- Education, engagement and collaboration
Read the Sustainable Environment Strategy 2018-2023 Action Plan(PDF, 725KB)
Each year we review and report, through our Sustainability Snapshot(PDF, 12MB), progress towards achieving the priorities and goals set out in the Sustainable Environment Strategy 2018-2023.
We are committed to reducing energy use and the resultant greenhouse gas emissions. Our continued investment in energy efficiency initiatives, such as our bulk street light replacement program, sees us well on track to achieve our 2020 target of a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels.
Our ‘integrated water management’ approach recognises the supply, storage, use and reuse of water is an interrelated process and is best regarded as a whole system.
We have improved our water management practices and stormwater by:
- installing Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) features across our city - including strata cells, raingardens and tree pits,
- installing rainwater tanks at Council buildings to improving water efficiency, and
- an ongoing program to plant indigenous and drought-tolerant exotic species in our gardens and streets.
Our parks and open spaces are habitat for local wildlife and the urban forest provides habitat and food sources that support biodiversity and promote natural ecosystems.
Stonnington has seven key biodiversity sites which are managed carefully to increase biodiversity:
- Glenburn Bend Park
- Muswell Bend Park
- Glen Iris Wetlands
- Darling Park
- Malvern Valley Golf Course
- Urban Forest Reserve
- Yarra River Corridor
Across the city we also have 12 specially designed habitat hollows providing important shelter and nesting sites, and a safe refuge for a whole range of native birds and animals.
Take a tour
Discover the history and ecological value of the Yarra River and tune into an audio tour on your next walk or bike ride along the Yarra.
Listen to The Life of the Yarra Audio Tour
Download The Life of the Yarra Audio Tour brochure(PDF, 943KB)
Yarra River Biodiversity Project
In 2010, Council embarked on the Yarra River Biodiversity project - one of the largest regeneration projects in the river’s history.
Since then Council has invested more than $8.4 million to increase habitat connectivity, improve water quality, grow the urban forest and provide recreational and educational opportunities for the community to interact with Melbourne’s landmark river.
Awarded the 2018 Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award for Protection of the Environment, the City's Yarra River Biodiversity Project was recognised for its positive contribution to protecting and enhancing the local environment.
Constructed over six stages, the Yarra River Biodiversity Project was completed in late-2019.
The project in stages
Stage 1 - construction of an ephemeral wetland system, planted out with native vegetation. Cycle path upgraded and pedestrian broadwalk through indigenous vegetation constructed.
Stages 2 and 3 - construction of bioretention ponds with integrated walkways, seating and viewing sites. Area revegetated with native plants and cycle path realigned and widened.
Stages 4 and 5 - construction of rest areas with bike lock-ups and seating, a new 3-metre wide shared path, retaining walls and handrails, plus revegetation with native plants.
Stage 6 - removal of invasive species and planting of native vegetation. Construction of a 3-metre wide shared path, seating, a drinking fountain and retaining walls, plus replacement of handrails.
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