“On private land we’re fighting a losing battle”: local government officer perspectives on urban forest management in the private realm
This paper reports on a survey of local government urban forest professionals across Australia conducted in July 2020. Focusing on qualitative data from Likert scale and open-ended questions the authors interrogate the barriers and potential enablers to improved urban forest management on private land.
Urban vegetation cover change in Melbourne: 2014-2018
This report focuses on the extent and change in the spatial distribution of vegetation across Melbourne between 2014 and 2018, reported against major land-use classes and against metropolitan sub-regions.
Disrupting the status quo: local government efforts to implement ESD through land-use planning
In the late 1990s a group of Victorian local government councils addressed a sustainability void in the building codes and planning regulations by developing capacity to implement Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) via the planning system. What began as a collection of largely independent initiatives progressed...
Implementing sustainability in the built environment
This project analysed the role of building and planning policy and regulations in delivering sustainable buildings and cities. It reviews policy and best practice, analyses VCAT data and cases, and draws on focus group results.
Solutions beyond supply to the housing affordability problem
Treasurer Scott Morrison has outlined his vision for increasing home ownership at a speech to the Urban Development Institute of Australia. The Treasurer acknowledged it’s hard for first home buyers to get into the Australian housing market and suggested a number of barriers to increasing...