Some of our innovative projects to make Moonee Valley a more ecologically healthy and environmentally responsible place to live have made the shortlist for the KVB Sustainable Cities Awards 2020.
The Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) Sustainable Cities Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments.
This is fine recognition of our commitment to sustainability and the environment.
Sustainability Champions Program
This 10-week training program is provided by Council to empower people with the confidence and skills to advocate for change, and develop and implement local community projects. Once training is completed participants work individually or in groups to develop their own sustainability initiatives in the community with ongoing support from Council as required.
Woodlands Park Stormwater Harvesting and Greening Project
This project is a great example of how we have adopted an innovative approach to transform existing stagnant ponds in this historical parkland, without significantly reducing the grassed open space areas. Co-funded by City West Water and Melbourne Water, this project involved extensive community consultation and input, and significant collaborations within Council and many other agencies.
Wipe Out Waste Schools Program
This program supports Moonee Valley schools to reduce waste through infrastructure changes, curriculum and whole school community education. Schools are supported with waste audits, professional development, one-on-one support to develop waste action plans, a grant, sponsored waste incursions and networking opportunities.
Union Road Streetscape improvements – Age-friendly streets
This project was about making Union Road a more accessible place for pedestrians, particularly our elderly residents and those suffering from dementia.
The landscape upgrades, including new seating pockets and an outdoor library space, have enhanced this distinctive heritage shopping precinct, making it a place to visit, sit, rest, socialise, and spend time. The additional seating pockets have created valuable opportunities for residents to have incidental interactions with other locals and provide much needed rest stops for our elderly community to help encourage them to be active and feel safer in our streets.
The following Moonee Valley community projects have also been shortlisted as finalists:
- Earth Crusaders Incursions – Not For profit sustainable education program that came out of Council’s 2018 Sustainability Champions program
- Ascot Vale Little Free Pantry
- Moonee Valley Sustainability – Share Repair Events
- Moonee Valley Sustainability – Nature Strip project
- Riverside Park
As a result of the volume of projects nominated across Moonee Valley, we are a finalist (alongside four other councils) for the Sustainable City of the Year Award.
Winners will be announced via an online awards ceremony on Thursday, 12 November 2020.
Read more about the awards here.