• 6. Green Lungs Coast and Country

    Celebration of our Green Lungs, Coast and Country to connect people with Wyndham’s rural areas and natural environment.

The integration of nature into our urban environments brings many benefits not only to our health and well-being but also in dealing with the adverse impacts of climate change. The Wyndham community is concerned about the impacts of climate change and, as importantly, the protection and safeguarding of its natural environments.

Planting more trees reduces the urban heat island effect. Providing cooling shade, sequestering carbon and supporting stormwater management (remembering that Wyndham’s topography is very flat), protection and expansion of the city’s green lungs will inject nature into the city’s urban landscapes and enhance neighbourhood amenity. In addition, integrating blue-green infrastructure through Wyndham’s urban areas helps manage flooding and drought, increases biodiversity and provides recreational opportunities with access to nature.

Blessed with 27.4km of coastline to Port Philip Bay, rivers and creeks such as the Werribee River and Skeleton Creek, wetlands supporting an abundance of birdlife, parks and linear open spaces as well as nature trails Wyndham is where city meets coast and countryside. The Werribee River has always been of considerable significance, it is significant to the indigenous history of Wyndham and derives its name from an Aboriginal word meaning spine or backbone. Market gardens that supply Victoria with 85% of the state’s cauliflower, 53% of its broccoli and 34% of its lettuce and native grasslands edge the urban areas. It is little wonder the Wyndham City logo celebrates the city’s identity with the words City Coast Country.

However, several of the city’s open space elements are currently severed in many places by rail and roads. Walking and cycle paths become dead-ends creating a disconnection between residential neighbourhoods and suburbs, making it harder to access activity centres and train stations on foot or by bicycle. Many residential streets lack the cloak of greenery that can contribute so much to the enjoyment, appearance and amenity of where people live.

The Green Lungs – Coast and Country big idea aims to conserve, manage and enhance the riverine, grasslands and coastal environments of Wyndham and to complement this network of public open spaces with more family friendly parks, greenways along main roads and residential streets, easily accessed and interconnected pedestrian and bicycle paths and botanical gardens within the urban landscape. This big idea is all about expanding, consolidating and enhancing the open space links across the entire Wyndham city.

It’s about building a connected green and blue city framework – a network of linear spaces conceived, planned and managed for multiple purposes, including recreation and biodiversity conservation.

By creating an integrated open space network of ‘green capillaries’ extending from the coastline into the urban areas of Wyndham and then into the grasslands of Wyndham means that the green lungs of the countryside are integrated into the city’s urban fabric in an equitable and connected way. It goes hand in glove with Wyndham being a city committed to ecological sustainability, stability and biodiversity. Greenways fulfil an aesthetic and cultural role. They provide pedestrian and cyclist paths which are safe and pleasant to use noting that active modes of transport support healthy active communities.

Greening along the Regional Rail Corridor will create visual interest and natural beauty to what is otherwise a flat, bland and uninteresting landscape. It will also connect with the green lungs that follow the rivers and streams throughout Wyndham enabling people to walk or ride a bicycle along these nature trails connecting new communities with the coastline and countryside. At the metropolitan level the continuation of the Bay Trail around Port Philip Bay to interconnect with Wyndham’s coastline and green lungs will attract more visitors to its tourist attractions and provide an alternative route and “epic ride” for cyclists to access Melbourne’s CBD and seaside suburbs.

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8 February, 2023

Jack says:

Buyback the factories around skeleton creek and reforest like Werribee river. Aim for natural areas with little maintenance requirements.

8 February, 2023

CMD says:

Put rubbish bins in the parks we have so they aren't covered in rubbish & dog poo. Also lighting so they can be safely used in winter

19 January, 2023

Marjo says:

Fantastic! Protecting and having a healthy natural environment with open spaces should be priority. No more high density.

19 January, 2023

Shafi says:

That's AMAZING! It has been one of our biggest concerns.The Skeleton Creek is completely dried out in Truganina and needs imidiate attention

16 January, 2023

Lance Pritchard says:

Install the new tourism attraction - Hume and Hovell obelisk at Point Cook and connecting pathways. See www.humehovellexpedition.com

13 January, 2023

Mandy..... says:

Protecting our natural environments should be the number 1 consideration. Would love a different term to 'lungs'.

9 January, 2023

Resident says:

The council spends too much money on parks. They don't need to be fancy things. Nature knows what its doing, you're overcomplicating it.

9 January, 2023

Deepika says:

The transport network in west is not the best. I suggest looking into trams as an option to connect inner cities for increasing population.

24 December, 2022

Nomdeguerre says:

Lighting, exercise equipment and improve cross overs for lollipop Creek between manor lakes and harpley is sorely needed.

23 December, 2022

GG says:

Planting plants like maple will add more beauty, greenery and shade.. at present it's eucalyptus only. More varieties of plants required.

22 December, 2022

Werribee resident says:

Werribee STH beach is dead. Not a great location for swimming & only 1 cafe, fish & chip shop, convenience store run by the same people.

21 December, 2022

bixytrout's father says:

We need trees and actual flowers/ plants - please make a botanical garden not just rolling out turf for kids to play footy on