There is increasing research and evidence to show open and green spaces have a positive effect on community sociability, local economy and ecology. These spaces are particularly important in city urban environments, where people live, work and recreate.
Green spaces and places are important to our community and have been identified as valued assets through the Fremantle 2029 Community Visioning process as “… a City that values its environment and heritage and the protection and enhancing the natural environment, green spaces and heritage features”.
To achieve this vision, the 2020 Green Plan strategy has six focus areas to maintain and enhance green spaces, increase quality and distribution of green spaces, increasing and improving biodiversity, water efficiency and encouraging the greening of private property.
The 2020 Green Plan provides the background, rationale and framework to deliver projects and programs over the next five years.
Key initiatives and targets include:
- Every resident and worker to be within walkable distance to public open space.
- Progressively increase tree canopy across the city to achieve up to 20% by 2020.
- Design adaptable open space that allows for future flexibility as the community and open space function and needs change over time.
- Planning for future water security to identify opportunities for best available water sources for existing and new open space.
- Develop links that increase the amount of flora/vegetation and increase habitats for native fauna and encourage their movement between green spaces and to increase and improve biodiversity areas.Key projects over the next five years include:
- Investigation and identification for accessing public open space in the priority areas of Hilton, O’Connor, White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield.
- Investigation and identify options to improve and/or expand public open space is proximity to future high density areas.
- Undertaking an Urban Forest Strategy to manage and guide tree and vegetation population across the public and private realm, to increase canopy and biodiversity and to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect.
- Undertaking water demand modelling to inform future fit for purpose water supply options.
- Prepare landscape concept plans for green links and develop a biodiversity plan.The six focus area objectives and action plan is the culmination of the development of the 2020 Green Plan through the City and the Green Plan Working Group.