A new national initiative, which aims to increase urban green space by 20% by 2020, launched today on the same day as a newly released report showing concerns that our urban green spaces are under threat.
The 202020 Vision – a unique collaboration between government, academic and private-sectors – held an official launch of the initiative in a future urban green space, The Goods Line, in Sydney.
Studio guests were Tony Hall, Adjunct Professor of Urban Research at Griffith University and the author of ‘Life and Death of the Australian Backyard’ as well as Robert Prince, CEO of the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia.
While international Green Cities Guidelines say that residents in urban environments should be no more than 6 minutes from their nearest neighbourhood park, a new survey shows that around half of urban Australians do not have access this close.
“ Only 45% are within a five minute walk and 77% of residents in our major cities are within a 10 minute walk of their favourite green space. But it is worrying that the others do not have reasonable access- and that more than five percent reported that they do not have green space to walk to at all,” the CEO of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA), Mr Robert Prince said today. More
The new nursery industry market research project is seeking participation from all greenlife producers, allied traders and growing media suppliers to deliver an ‘industry first’. Never before has there been an opportunity to measure and map the nursery industry from the farm gate and to provide each data contributor with a free report on their position in the industry.