New guide for changing landscape

October 04, 2017

LISTS OF native plants suited to local conditions, landscaping design ideas and streamlined application processes are included in the recently released Landscape Plan Guide for Development.

This plan covers the Campaspe Shire Council, Greater Shepparton City Council and Moira Shire Council.

Goulburn Broken CMA chief executive Chris Norman said landscaping was an important part of the development process.

“We all appreciate good landscaping in our neighbourhoods – whether it’s providing attractive streetscapes and public spaces in residential areas or shaded parking in and around sporting, shopping, industrial and commercial precincts,” he said.

Mr Norman said the guide established consistent requirements for sustainable landscape developments across the three municipalities.

“This will help private developers and permit applicants to prepare landscape plans that incorporate good design, help with implementation and also take into consideration ongoing maintenance,’’ he said.

As well as user-friendly templates, the guide provided extensive native planting lists.

“Native plants are better adapted to the local climate and soil types, attract birds and other fauna, reduce the risk of garden weed ‘escapees’, require less water and fertiliser than many exotic species and help link and create wildlife corridors,’’ he said.

The guide was prepared by Spiire Australia as part of a collaborative project with the councils and the Goulburn Broken CMA.

Developers and landscape planners and designers were consulted during development of the guide.

More information and a copy of the guide can be found on each council’s website.

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