The Greener the Better? Have Your Say About Green Space in The City of Casey.

Consultation has concluded

A big thank you to everyone that participated in the survey, there were 117 responses across 24 different suburbs in total. The results show that there are many great things about green space in Casey, as well as some ways to make our open spaces even better!

Proximity of residents to green space was excellent, with 81% of participants living within a 10-minute walk to their nearest green area, resulting in satisfaction with the number of greens spaces. Participants were slightly less satisfied with the quality of their open spaces and informed us about ways that we can improve green areas for the community.

Survey analysis has revealed that green areas in Casey are great places for children to play however, green space design could be better in engaging a wider proportion of the community of all ages by offering the ability to explore nature and facilities other than play equipment. Participants detailed that facilities such as water fountains, rubbish bins, and lighting would increase satisfaction with green spaces, increase the time at which green space can be used, as well as feelings of safety. Maintenance issues such as rubbish, lack of dog friendly spaces, absence of trees and diversity of vegetation in green spaces were also areas identified for improvement.

Casey is succeeding in increasing our urban tree canopy, with 87.9% of participants having trees on their street and 88% on their personal properties, with majority of participants indicating a desire to see even more trees. Of those that didn’t have trees on their streets, 71.4% wanted them and most said they would increase the number of trees on their personal residencies if provided with the means to do so.

Information associated with the perception of street trees that can be used to guide The City of Casey’s future tree initiatives was also obtained. Most participants illuminated that trees on streets are good because they look attractive, provide shade, block noise and attract wildlife. However, some were unhappy with the species selection of tree, illuminating that it was the wrong size or shape for their street and expressed a desire to see more native trees planted with less debris.

Overall, Casey City demonstrated a strong positive attitude towards the environment, with many participants indicating that they would like to be involved in future green space initiatives. Further, a great majority recognised the importance of green space within the community and the benefits that green space offers. The environmental benefits were the most important to survey participants, followed by the promotion of physical and mental health.

The City of Casey thanks you for your contribution and will investigate incorporating your suggestions to improve green space for the community. Namely, improving facilities and tree density on existing green spaces, selecting location appropriate trees for planting and investigation into increasing native plant density will be explored.

A big thank you to everyone that participated in the survey, there were 117 responses across 24 different suburbs in total. The results show that there are many great things about green space in Casey, as well as some ways to make our open spaces even better!

Proximity of residents to green space was excellent, with 81% of participants living within a 10-minute walk to their nearest green area, resulting in satisfaction with the number of greens spaces. Participants were slightly less satisfied with the quality of their open spaces and informed us about ways that we can improve green areas for the community.

Survey analysis has revealed that green areas in Casey are great places for children to play however, green space design could be better in engaging a wider proportion of the community of all ages by offering the ability to explore nature and facilities other than play equipment. Participants detailed that facilities such as water fountains, rubbish bins, and lighting would increase satisfaction with green spaces, increase the time at which green space can be used, as well as feelings of safety. Maintenance issues such as rubbish, lack of dog friendly spaces, absence of trees and diversity of vegetation in green spaces were also areas identified for improvement.

Casey is succeeding in increasing our urban tree canopy, with 87.9% of participants having trees on their street and 88% on their personal properties, with majority of participants indicating a desire to see even more trees. Of those that didn’t have trees on their streets, 71.4% wanted them and most said they would increase the number of trees on their personal residencies if provided with the means to do so.

Information associated with the perception of street trees that can be used to guide The City of Casey’s future tree initiatives was also obtained. Most participants illuminated that trees on streets are good because they look attractive, provide shade, block noise and attract wildlife. However, some were unhappy with the species selection of tree, illuminating that it was the wrong size or shape for their street and expressed a desire to see more native trees planted with less debris.

Overall, Casey City demonstrated a strong positive attitude towards the environment, with many participants indicating that they would like to be involved in future green space initiatives. Further, a great majority recognised the importance of green space within the community and the benefits that green space offers. The environmental benefits were the most important to survey participants, followed by the promotion of physical and mental health.

The City of Casey thanks you for your contribution and will investigate incorporating your suggestions to improve green space for the community. Namely, improving facilities and tree density on existing green spaces, selecting location appropriate trees for planting and investigation into increasing native plant density will be explored.