20% more urban green space by 2020

November 12, 2013

A new national initiative, 202020 Vision aims to increase urban green space by 20 percent by 2020.

Above: Dr Samantha Sharpe, Research Principal for the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS speaking at the 202020 Vision launch

202020 Vision – a unique collaboration between government, academic and private sectors – has launched a new national initiative that aims to increase urban green space by  20 percent by 2020.

The initiative was launched in a future urban green space, The Goods Line, in Sydney. The Goods Line, a Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority project to rejuvenate the disused rail line, will provide pedestrian  access from Broadway to Darling Harbour along a promenade of new urban spaces, restaurants and cafes.

202020 Vision aims to increase urban green space, and thus improve our environment, productivity and societal benefits.

In a recent survey over 93 percent of  professionals from related industries stated that the continued decrease in urban green space is of concern for all Australians, but particularly for those working in government, construction and development, horticulture and related academic sectors. The survey was conducted with 309 professionals (63 percent and above in managerial, decision-making or higher roles working within government, construction/development, horticulture and sustainability) by Pure Profile and commissioned by 202020 Vision.

96 percent agreed that Australia needs inter-­industry collaboration to encourage an increase in green space if we are to avoid the continued negative impacts from green space decline.

The 202020 Vision is a growing collaboration of over 20 advocates who are leaders within their fields, 50 partner  organisations committed to the vision and at this stage has listed nearly 40 projects throughout Australia that exemplify the aspirations and goals of the initiative.

Key government, commercial development, horticulture and academic leaders within the urban green space sector were in attendance at the launch. Speakers included Josh Byrne, Environmental Scientist; Sacha Coles, Director of ASPECT Studio and Landscape Architect for The Goods Line; Dr Samantha Sharpe, Research Principal for the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS; Dr Sara Wilkinson, Associate Professor, School of the Built Environment, UTS; Warrick Johnson, Director of Operations for Brookfield Multiplex and Robert Prince, CEO for NGIA.

“There is huge pressure being applied to our existing urban green space due to increased density and the demands of a growing population,” says Sacha Coles, Director, ASPECT Studios and Advocate for the 202020 Vision. “We need to act now to increase opportunities for urban nature to thrive and improve our liveability, health and wellbeing.”

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