Landscaping Victoria and NGIV have joined with the Sports Turf Association to form the Victorian Urban Green Alliance whose core mission is to influence green space policy to enhance the urban environment. This Alliance forms the start of an inclusive partnership with like minded groups to build a bigger stronger voice for issues that affect our industries and work on joint initiatives to promote the greater benefits of urban green space and our value to healthy living. The group will be looking to further partners to sign on to our core belief that “Green Space Delivers Healthy Living”. This is a great initiative that will benefit the broader horticulture industry in Victoria.
- Urban green space provide us with both physical and psychological benefit
- Urban green space creates a more comfortable and environmentally sound place to live.
- Urban green space is important to the attractiveness of a community and our overall level of happiness.
- Urban green space provides us with a place to interact.
- Maintaining urban green spaces in good condition is vital to the benefit of such spaces.
Judges announced the four finalists of the 2013 Plantmark MIFGS Student Design Competition this week. The four finalists Lee Bailey, Meg Geary, Renee Visentin and Peta Donaldson were shortlisted from a strong field of entries to have their designs constructed for the 2013 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The theme for the competition was the Bush Fire Suburban Garden drawn from the CFA’s Landscaping for Bushfire Guide. Congratulations to all entrants and finalists.
I attended a stakeholders meeting of the 4 water retail authorities; South East Water, Yarra Valley Water, City West Water and Melbourne Water on Tuesday this week to hear more about a proposed draft Water and Demand Strategy that is being considered by the Victorian Government that will plan Melbourne’s water needs for the next 50 years. It is fantastic that such an initiative is taking place to secure our water needs well into the future. The draft strategy also acknowledges that water use is linked to liveability and that better water management strategies will ensure that gardens, parks and sporting grounds can be maintained under any future proposed water restrictions.
First steps of bringing Moira’s garden to fruition is the establishment of a logo, website, facebook page and a trust fund. Beatrice Imbert, author and all round amazing energizer has joined the working group bringing with her a wealth of knowledge an unquantifiable list of contacts and a can do attitude that will keep things moving.
Beatrice Imbert, Fran holding Trishna, Moira and Julie Edmonds
New Landscaping Victoria President Paul Hamilton from Hamilton Landscapes
Congratulations to our two newest Licensed Landsapers – Jamie Patterson from Transforming Landscapes and Dean Von Barany from DVB Australia. The numbers are growing more and more members obtaining their building registration and becoming Licensed Landscapers.
NGIV President Glenn Fenton & LV President Hamish Mitchell sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the 2 associations.