16 February 2016
Now in its second year, Moonee Valley City Councils’ Urban Ecology Strategy is starting to make a difference on the ground. Adopted in 2014, the Strategy aims to protect and enhance existing native vegetation, as well as identify potential corridor linkages and support new natural spaces in more recent human-made landscapes.
Moonee Valley has linked with two Australian Government programs, 20 Million Trees Program and Green Army, to achieve the goals and targets set out in the Regional Catchment Strategy.
Through the 20 Million Trees Program, Council has committed to plant 30,000 trees by the end of 2017, as well as continue to plant ground covers, grasses and shrubs. Increasing and improving the quality of native vegetation in our suburbs will provide a great range of benefits, including more habitat for plants and animals, better aesthetics, temperature regulation, and cleaner air.
Over the last 12 months the Green Army teams have enhanced existing and prepared new sites for planting. So far the teams have planted almost 10,000 tube stock, undertaken weed control covering 30 hectares and erosion over 9 hectares within the municipality.
With Moonee Valleys’ success in securing a further four Green Army teams over the next 18 months, the Council is very excited to see what they can achieve.