Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 30 June 2016
The LNA is a staunch supporter and advocate for investment and development of green infrastructure in Australian cities and urban environments.
The implementation of green infrastructure in the Australian landscape is crucial for the preservation of our natural environment, meeting our international carbon emissions commitments and for improving the quality of life of residents, both physically and emotionally. Green infrastructure is known to positively impact air quality, water quality and reduce the effects of trapped heat island phenomena and can sustainably assist to reduce energy consumption. The greening of cities and communities is also known to increase life expectancy for inhabitants, thus assisting to reduce the burden of public healthcare costs on the Australian purse.
We recently outlined the LNA's position on important issues regarding the need for increasing green infrastructure, together with other issues facing the landscaping industry ahead of the Federal election, in a blog to our members. If you would like to revisit that blog, you can do so by clicking here.
Recently, The Living Cities Alliance, of which the LNA is a founding member, collaboratively submitted a letter to The Honourable Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities, with five key recommendations as part of their Submission to the Smart Cities Plan. These recommendations were:
Create a National Living Cities Fund
Ensure living infrastructure is defined as an Asset Class by the Infrastructure Financing Unit
Establish a Local Government Green Infrastructure Package
Launch a National Green Streets Pilot Program
Embed green infrastructure metrics in City Deals.
To read the letter in full, with details regarding each of these recommendations, click here. You can also read our blog and the full report of the highlights of the Living Cities Workshop held earlier this year by clicking here.
Ahead of the upcoming Federal Election, both Labor and the Coalition have responded to the Living Cities Alliance letter and you can read their responses:
The Federal Coalition Letter of Response. Click here.
The Federal Labor Letter of Response. Click here.