Eco-zoning is turning underused grassed areas into native gardens or space for trees. This saves a considerable amount of water as the eco-zoned areas are designed to become self-sufficient, requiring little to no water once established.
Water is a finite resource and saving groundwater is critical if the City is to remain sustainable as the climate continues to change and seasons become increasingly unpredictable.
Eco-zoning increases biodiversity through careful plant and tree selection to include local and Australian natives that are suited to our conditions and require minimal water, fertiliser, soil amendments and maintenance. Increasing the areas of native plantings in the City increases habitat and food sources for our local fauna species, and in turn supports healthy and thriving eco-systems. Eco-zoning helps preserve and protect our trees as their feeder roots do not have to compete with vigorous grass roots, and the eco-zoned areas capture and hold tree debris, which provides nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. This encourages microorganisms to thrive and adds value to the eco-system.
We will let the community know what areas are being considered for eco-zoning before works start so there is the opportunity for residents to provide feedback.