We (City of Greater Geelong) have been recognised for several sustainability projects at the recent Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards 2016.
Our land management team won the Protection of the Environment Award for its Grassland and Grassy Woodlands – Hidden Treasures of Geelong nomination, for work protecting rare grassland and grassy woodlands in the north of the region.
Over the last four years we’ve partnered with the community to locate, protect and better manage grasslands and grassy woodland. These vegetation communities rarely occur in parks and reserves so their conservation is dependent on private land efforts combined with sensitive management of roadsides and other sections of remnant land.
Thanks to valuable partnerships with local farmers and property owners, and funding from Port Philip Western Port Catchment Management Authority, 375 hectares of grassland and grassy woodlands have been protected and enhanced.
The project also involved mapping significant areas to ensure the City can better identify and manage these sections of rare grasslands and plant species. This included fencing off 16 hectares of land along the Old Melbourne Road between Lara and Little River.
The award also acknowledged the work the City has done with local engineers to design special road signs to protect the endangered plant species Pimelea spinescens - located in the Lara/ Little River area.
The grassland and grassy woodlands project relied on partnerships to protect some of the rarest grassland and grassy woodlands found in Australia.
High commendation awards for two more projects
Our spectacular Reconciliation Projections (video below) which lit up City Hall last year to honour and celebrate our local Aboriginal culture and heritage were highly commended.
Our work protecting the endangered Hooded Plover was highly commended for the fantastic partnership between the City and organisations including Friends of the Hooded Plover and BirdLife Australia.
Kelvin Spiller - City of Greater Geelong Chief Executive Officer
"It was fantastic to receive statewide recognition for work being undertaken to protect the environment."
"I would like to congratulate all our staff who have worked on these fantastic projects that are of benefit to the entire city."
"The City was a finalist in nine Sustainable Cities awards including the Sustainable City of the Year Award."
"Being a finalist for nine awards across a range of areas highlights the City’s commitment to working hard to create a progressive and sustainable region."
"These awards are a great endorsement for the work our staff are undertaking to protect our region’s natural and cultural heritage and environment."
The Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards celebrate sustainability achievements throughout metropolitan and regional communities across Australia.
Our 2015 Reconciliation Projections