This report proposes legislative and policy reforms for the protection and repair of the rivers and creeks across Melbourne’s west. These reforms emerge from of a series of collaborative workshops considering issues and visions for change in urban (and peri-urban) waterway protection – a process building on a campaign for protection of the Yarra River and consequent legislative reform.
The proposals contained in this report focus on potential legislative arrangements across a complex geographic and policy landscape, tied together by clear preferences for strengthened protection and deepened resilience of urban green spaces in Melbourne’s west, of which waterways are the focal point. These waterways are essential, but not isolated, green infrastructure, which unfortunately continue to be degraded and neglected.
These proposals contribute to a new way of seeing how Melbourne and surrounding towns can better care for waterways, with the aim of mechanisms contributing to the emerging, greener and more human approaches to urban waterway management.
Transportation planners are often looking for efficiency in transportation but this article in Science Advances has also identified that resilience is an important city design feature. Planning for when disruptions occur can help to avoid city gridlock.Read more
With regard to separation of food scraps for composting, this research identified that there are two important aspects often overlooked when the focus is only on behaviour: 1. Policy makers need to ensure that there are socio-technical systems supporting diverse groups of people...Read more
The 2020s are predicted to be a decade of transformation for urban mobility. There are at least six forces that are expected to disrupt the urban mobility landscape. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy, through to vehicle electrification, mobile computing, the...Read more
Plastics are synthetic materials made from a range of organic polymers that are capable of being moulded when soft. Most plastics are currently made from fossil fuels, typically the by-products from the processing of oil or natural gas.
The report tells Victorians about the health of the environment – the land, the water, the air, and the ecosystems. Using 170 different scientific indicators, the report shows where Victorians are doing well and where improvement is needed.
Regional scale collaboration on climate change adaptation is an important consideration for governments. This report is based on a project that explored the relationship between legal and policy frameworks and cross-border collaboration on climate change adaptation in the Australian Capital Region (ACR).