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Maroondah Vegetation Review

Opening date: 02 October 2017 Closing date: 31 December 2019
Heathmont Bushcare walk with G. Lorimer 2017 Heathmont Bushcare walk with G. Lorimer 2017

Maroondah’s vegetation is an important asset for our community, providing many environmental and cultural benefits, and greatly adding to the character of the municipality.

We are conducting a review that will tell us what our community values about the vegetation in Maroondah and how it contributes to our wellbeing.

This long term project will look at all facets of Maroondah’s vegetation and guide us in our approach to advocacy, education and Council policy.

The Review will evaluate and assess vegetation for its natural and cultural value and consider options on how best to protect significant vegetation through the Maroondah Planning Scheme, as well as through other management approaches.

The evidence collected during the Review will help Council make decisions using a ‘protecting, enhancing, restoring and recreating’ approach to vegetation in our urban landscape.

The review will be a partnership approach between Council and the Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee, interested community members and a range of stakeholders. The Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee has been established to inform and advise Council on environmental and sustainability issues and Council’s role in improving the environment in Maroondah.

'Do it on the roof' green infrastructure talk at Earth Hour 2017

'Do it on the roof' green infrastructure talk at Earth Hour 2017

Why is this important?

Key opportunities:

  • Improve tree canopy and vegetation cover, which will enhance our urban landscape and create social and leisure environments.
  • Guide our management processes and planning so we can continue to enjoy a high quality natural environment.

Key challenges:

  • Meet housing needs while maintaining the liveability of the Maroondah area. The Maroondah population is 114,979 (estimated resident population - 2016) and is forecast to grow to 133,526 by 2036 .
  • Our vegetation needs to be assessed in the context of climate change, environmental weeds and pest animals. 

Stages of the review

The Review will offer the following outcomes, with opportunities for community consultation at key stages:

  • Research and technical analysis Two major studies will be undertaken on 1) Habitat and ecology, and 2) Broader vegetation forms, canopy and landscape characteristics.
  • An issues and options paper This paper will identify issues and discuss options for how these can be addressed.
  • A strategy for vegetation The strategy will inform future Council policy, advocacy and education relating to vegetation.
  • Making the Planning Scheme consistent with findings Planning scheme changes will ensure the outcomes of the Review influence planning decisions. An assessment of local planning controls will ensure that environmental values – and those unique attributes that locals and visitors enjoy – are protected for current and future generations. The Review will explore current reference documents contained within the Maroondah Planning Scheme and current planning controls, and identify how effective they have been in achieving intended objectives. 
  • Would you like to be notified of progress or find out about engagement opportunities? Register your interest
  • Keep your eye on our website for the next major phase of community consultation activities, which is scheduled to take place during mid to late 2018.
  • To keep up to date with the latest environmental news see our latest news or Maroondah in Focus community newsletter
Environmental weeds stall, Earth Hour 2017

Environmental weeds stall, Earth Hour 2017

Help our local natural environment

The City of Maroondah has a wide range of habitats, including:

  • waterways, such as Mullum Mullum and Dandenong creeks and the sensitive headwaters of Jumping Creek and Andersons Creek
  • green infrastructure, such as street trees, green roofs, facades, parks, median strips
  • residential gardens
  • golf courses
  • schools
  • parks (including Ringwood Lake)
  • native ecosystems, such as remnant vegetation, Bungalook Conservation Reserve.

The municipality has an extensive bushland network located on Council land, and waterway reserves along roadsides and on private land. This is important ecologically and for the contribution it makes to the area’s green and leafy feel.

Wombolano Park Sensory Trail

 Wombolano Park Sensory Trail

Working together

Council has a long and proud history of working with the community to green the City, but we can’t do this alone. The key to success is collaborative partnerships. Our Bushland Management team works closely with many natural environment community groups and government organisations to improve existing sites and establish new ones.

Current projects in Maroondah include:

  • Enhancing our Dandenong Creek – This project involves daylighting and restoring a section of Dandenong Creek near H.E Parker Reserve in Heathmont (a Melbourne Water project).
  • Living Links – $1M in funding has been secured for this regional project with $100,000 allocated to revegetation projects along Dandenong Creek in Maroondah (a Catchment Management Authority project). Find out more on the Living Links website.
  • The Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee - This Committee ensures the City maintains dialogue with community about environmental and sustainability matters.
  • Partnerships with local indigenous nurseries (CRISP Indigenous Plant Nursery and Candlebark Community Nursery).
Living Links project - bird box

Living Links project - bird box

Greening our suburbs

Planting new street trees offers many environmental benefits to our community. Residents can ask for a street tree to be planted and, if the site is suitable, we will identify the best plant species. You can request a street tree online, or contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 or maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Plans and strategies that support a sustainable vision

Delivery of Council’s ‘Clean, green and sustainable’ vision relies on the implementation of actions from a range of plans across Council. These include: Sustainability Strategy, Water Sensitive City Strategy, Open Space Strategy and Carbon Neutral Strategy. These are available online and at Council’s customer service centres.

Maroondah’s Community Engagement Policy is a formal expression of Council’s commitment to engaging the Maroondah community through appropriate, effective and inclusive practices.

Retaining existing vegetation

The Maroondah Planning Scheme includes controls to help retain existing vegetation. These include the Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO) to conserve and enhance the character of significant landscapes and the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) to protect areas of significant native vegetation in Maroondah.

Council has worked with the community over many years to improve understanding of tree planning controls. We ensure planning applications for tree removal comply with the Maroondah Planning Scheme. A permit may also be required for removal of existing vegetation. If a permit is granted to remove indigenous vegetation, we may require you to undertake offset planning of additional indigenous plants. This ensures we protect our existing trees and native vegetation, as these provide many environmental and cultural benefits and contribute greatly to the character of Maroondah.

Sustainable gardening Australia talk at Earth Hour 2017
Sustainable gardening Australia talk at Earth Hour 2017

Find out more

For more information on the Maroondah Vegetation Review:

 

Maroondah in Focus

See the June edition of Maroondah in Focus for an article on Assessing Maroondah 's Biodiversity (under Environment and sustainability).

Assessing Maroondah's Biodiversity

Register your interest

Would you like to be notified of progress or find out about engagement opportunities?

Did you know?

  • Maroondah has an estimated 70,000 street trees, 47 bushland reserves and more than 750,000 ancillary trees in parks and reserves.
  • In 2016, Council planted nearly 4,000 street trees, and over 33,000 trees and shrubs in parks, reserves, bushland and open areas.
  • Council encourages indigenous vegetation restoration through revegetation projects and in private gardens across the municipality.
  • Council provides an indigenous plant voucher scheme for new residents, in partnership with local indigenous nurseries.
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