Sustainable Stonnington

Our commitment 

At Stonnington, sustainability guides everything we do.

Environment is one of four main parts of our Council Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 4MB).

The Council Plan explains how we:

  • improve local biodiversity and open space
  • manage resources, and
  • help our community to respond to emerging issues.

Our Sustainable Environment Strategy 2018-2023(PDF, 6MB) supports the Council Plan.

It outlines how we meet our goals.

It also explains how we:

  • lead
  • engage, and
  • collaborate with others.

The Strategy outcomes are in five important areas:

  • climate change and energy
  • resources and waste management
  • integrated water management
  • urban environment, and
  • education, engagement and cooperation.

Find out more in our Sustainable Environment Strategy 2018-2023 Action Plan(PDF, 725KB).

Each year, we review and report our Sustainability Snapshots.

These measure how well we reach the goals in our Sustainable Environment Strategy 2018-2023. 

Find out what we've achieved with our Sustainability Snapshot 2019-2020(PDF, 5MB).

You can also read the previous year's report(PDF, 12MB)

The Gardiners Creek (KooyongKoot) Masterplan  

The Gardiners Creek (KooyongKoot) Masterplan is an exciting project.

It transforms Gardiners Creek area for the community and natural environment.

The plan includes:

  • improving revegetation and biodiversity
  • water-sensitive urban design
  • shared path upgrades, and
  • increasing opportunities for active and passive recreation.

The Masterplan is our commitment to a sustainable community and better environment. Now, and into the future.

Reducing energy use

We're dedicated to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

We have a continued investment in energy efficient programs (like replacing street lights).

This means we're closer to meeting our 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below our 2005 levels.

Saving water

The way we manage water supports how we:

  • supply
  • store
  • use, and
  • reuse water

as totally connected.

It works best when we treat it as a whole system.

We've improved our water management practices and stormwater by:

  • installing Water Sensitive Urban Design features (including strata cells, raingardens and tree pits)
  • installing rainwater tanks at Council buildings, and
  • planting indigenous and drought-tolerant species in our gardens and streets.

Supporting biodiversity

Parks and open spaces are places for local animal species to live.

Our urban forest provides this, and food to support them. This supports natural ecosystems.

Stonnington has seven significant areas. We carefully manage these to increase biodiversity:

  • Glenburn Bend Park
  • Muswell Bend Park
  • Glen Iris Wetlands
  • Darling Park
  • Malvern Valley Golf Course
  • Urban Forest Reserve, and
  • Yarra River Corridor.

We also have 12 specially-designed habitat hollows.

These provide:

  • important shelter
  • nesting sites, and
  • safe places for native birds and animals.

Yarra River Biodiversity Project

Take an audio tour of the history and ecology of the Yarra River on your next walk or bike ride.

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 created the Yarra River Biodiversity project.

This is one of the biggest regeneration projects in the river’s history.

Since then, Council has spent over $8.4 million to:

  • increase habitat connectivity
  • improve water quality
  • grow the urban forest, and
  • provide the chance to learn and engage with Melbourne’s landmark river.

In 2018, the Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award for Protection of the Environment chose this project for protecting and enhancing the local environment.

The project finished in 2019.

The project in six stages

  1. Build a short-term wetland system. We planted this with native vegetation, upgraded the bike path and built a walkway through indigenous vegetation.
  2. Build bioretention ponds with integrated walkways, seating and viewing sites. We replanted this area with native plants. The bike path was redone.
  3. Continue Step 2.
  4. Build rest areas with bike locks and seats. Create a three metre-wide shared path, retaining walls and handrails. We replanted this area with native plants.
  5. Continue Step 4.
  6. Replace invasive plants with native plants. Create a three metre-wide shared path, seats, a drinking fountain and retaining walls. Replace handrails.