Embedding Green Infrastructure Best Practice Toolkit for Local Government

The Embedding Green Infrastructure Best Practice Toolkit has been developed by the City of Yarra with input from multiple councils to create a tool applicable for all Victorian Local Government.

This toolkit will help Council’s assess their own practices against best practice green infrastructure guidance. It also provides a resource manual to help the implementation of green infrastructure become streamlined, cost effective, and business as usual.

What is green infrastructure?

Green infrastructure refers to trees, shrubs, grasses and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in urban environments. Green infrastructure addresses a direct and important link between greening and water management. Healthy trees and vegetation rely on the provision of soil moisture to thrive and flourish, while vegetated areas play a key role in absorbing, treating and controlling stormwater runoff in urban areas.

Benefits of green infrastructure:

Green infrastructure improves the environmental and social quality of an area and contributes to improving the long-term liveability of our cities and communities. Our cities face a number of pressures including population growths, increased urban development, and the effects of climate change, such as rising temperatures and extreme weather. Creating green, cool, climate adapted spaces will be key to responding to these pressures and emphasises the importance of local governments embedding green infrastructure into the planning, design and function of our cities.

The Toolkit 

‘Embedding Green Infrastructure Best Practice Toolkit’ is the result of the Victorian Climate Change Grant from the Department of the Environment, Water, and Planning (DELWP).

The City of Yarra is the lead Partner in this project, with other Project Partners being Cities of Melbourne, Brimbank and Moreland, the Green Infrastructure Research Group, and the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action.