Our goal here is to protect people’s health and the plants and animals of Merri-bek.
We will do this by responding now to the climate emergency.
We will also help improve our natural environment and help it recover.
Theme 1: case study 1
Our population has increased by 34% in the last 15 years.
This has put pressure on our outdoor spaces.
Almost half of the people in Merri-bek (44%) now live in townhouses or apartments. They may have little or no access to their own outdoor space.
To tackle these challenges, we will review and put in place a new Merri-bek Open Space Strategy. We will make sure it works alongside our other plans for nature, water and tree planting.
We will set out a way for open space to be used that helps prioritise:
- investment in new land and upgraded park facilities
- dog parks
- BMX and skate parks
- fitness facilities
- community and memorial gardens
- nature walks.
We also want to make sure we prepare for flash flooding. Increased heat in built up areas – called the urban heat island effect – is another area we will focus on.
Theme 1: case study 2
In 2020, the State Government announced changes to our waste and recycling system.
The government said a new 4-stream waste and recycling system will be rolled out in partnership with all councils. This is to:
- reduce waste being sent to landfill
- improve the quality of our recycling.
Councils have until 2027 to introduce a new glass service. They have until 2030 to introduce a food and garden organics (FOGO) service.
Moreland Council has a goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030. In 2021 we consulted with the community about waste collection options. This helped us design kerbside waste services that:
- reduce waste overall
- make the most of recycling and reuse opportunities
- take into account the diverse needs of households in Merri-bek.
We will support the community to minimise waste. We will also work to create a circular economy. This is where products and materials are reused as much as possible.
Over the next 2 to 3 years, we will introduce changes to household waste services that:
- support community initiatives and businesses
- provide residents with information to help them make best use of the service
- minimise the waste we create, keeping the cost to households as low as
- collaborate to influence markets
- advocate for stronger policy on waste minimisation from state and/or federal governments.