One Planet Living - Land use and biodiverity

Greater Geelong is rich in habitat diversity, incorporating significant wetlands, grasslands, coastal regions, agricultural land and urban areas.

Greater Geelong is committed to sound environmental management through “protecting native plants and animal habitats, limiting pollution, greening the city and using natural resources wisely” (CoGG City Plan 2014).

Key Council strategies include Environment Management Strategy, Geelong Wetlands Strategy 2006 as well as the Rural Land Use Strategy 2007, Open Space Policy, and new Urban Forest Strategy 2016.

Key recent actions
Action Description Impact
Hooded Plover Program

The surf beaches of Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Breamlea are the home of the endangered Hooded Plover. To protect this endangered species Council has established an awareness raising program to support regulations regarding dogs on beaches.

A simple formula of alerting beach users with signs and temporary fencing, putting out wooden teepees for chicks to hide in and requesting dogs be on a lead, is enough to give these birds a 55% chance of having their family survive instead of a
2% chance.

Valuing our Volcanic Plains Program

In collaboration with the City of Hume and Melton City Council, this program won the Sustainable Cities Award 2016.

The program provides assistance to landowners to protect and enhance plains grasslands, plains grassy woodlands and grey box grassy woodlands on the Victorian Volcanic Plain.

The provision of 18 grants has delivered 370.65 hectares of weed control, 1057 meters of stock control fencing, 4585 meters of rabbit fencing and 411.6 hectares of rabbit control. This program included extensive community engagement over a four year period.

Green Spine CBD

Transforming Malop Street into a vibrant street and linear park, connecting Johnstone Park to Eastern Park.

Up to 150 trees will be planted. Improvements to footpaths, the narrowing of roads, removal of car parks and installation of bike lines will create a vibrant, accessible place for businesses and community to thrive. In addition to $4.5 million from Council, the State Government has committed $3 million to the project.

Highlight project - Urban Forest Strategy

The City of Greater Geelong values the immense benefits of the City’s urban tree population. Trees provide shade and cool the city. They improve the look, feel and livability of Geelong. They also have a strong positive influence on the health of our community. Geelong’s trees are extraordinarily valuable assets that are worth investing in for the future.

City in a Park focused on canopy cover for Geelong’s CBD. The Urban Forest Strategy expands on this concept, to increase the public and private tree population in all of the suburbs and townships across Greater Geelong. The sum of all these trees and associated vegetation is called the urban forest. The Urban Forest Strategy is driving the planting of 26,000 indigenous trees and 1500 street and park trees in 2016/17.

Page last updated: Thursday, 1 June 2017