Greening Space Melbourne

Team Name: 
Community Nexus

Greening Space maps unloved public spaces in the City of Melbourne to enable  the community to find spaces to grow and cultivate community gardens.

Greening Space aims to convert the concrete jungle into a greener and more open community space. We provide the public with a map overlaying Melbourne City Council and Melbourne water datasets on available spaces to grow food with trial environmental sensor readings data, to identify the best areas for growing particular plants, vegetables and flowers.

The Greening Space project will work with local schools and community organisations (Charity Network data) to partner with social enterprises, community organisations and local food providers to create a shared community around food.

Greening Space mission is to increase the community’s awareness and resilience toward climate change and impact food security for the City of Melbourne by reconnecting people with their food and environments. Greening space encourages individuals to reduce their carbon footprint by being environmentally friendly appreciating nature and orgnic foods. By utilising empty, unloved spaces Greening Space promotes increased biodiversity within the city, reduced soil erosion and runoff and also reduced heat in the city. Greening Space demonstrates the indelible link between climate change and food security based how areas lacking of bioversity, increased heat and open spaces could be transformed to community gardens.

Community garden are shown to be one of the major contributors to creating connected communities through: increased social connectedness by promoting utilisation of spaces that enhance human interaction and community events; enhanced opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural connections; promotion of mental health and wellbeing - a space to relax and unwind and allow the social development in children and; better physical health and wellbeing to connect people to nature and be in the fresh air and sunlight

Greening Space has high potential for commercialisation and therefore a candidate for best entrepreneurial hack as it brings many different stakeholders within the community, engaging in creating a friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. Greening Space serves the educational market as it is a unique metropolitan platform to teach local children about the process of gardening, food and sustainability. Building upon this notion, by activating an engaged City of Melbourne we can create an ambassador program similar to the Friends of The High Line in New York City, through donation memberships.  This would involve monthly donations to return for special benefits, discounts and member-only invites to events at respective community gardens across the city.

Greening Space is also a strong candidate for the Best Open Government Data Hack as it provides a digitised way of presenting metadata search on factors that would be optimal green space. In addition, Greening Space is centred around increase citizen engagement about the environment.

Greening Space explores what Victoria has to offer by increasing the visibility and the ability for locals and tourist to gain knowledge about Victoria’s open spaces and gardening.

Greening Space uses open access spaces, school data and food community data to tailor information to relevant user groups and benefactors of green spaces. Through analysis of the feedback provided by Greening Space the City of Melbourne among other constituents will be able to model and better understand urban green systems and the social and environmental that are interwoven within them, which is achieved by combining an innovative use of interdisciplinary data.


Data sets used:

  • City of Melbourne
    • Environmental Data - assets
    • Community Food
    • Melbourne Bio blitz 2014
  • Melbourne Water
    • Frog Census data
  • Department of Education and Training
    • School locations data

Data sets explored for research included the development activity monitor data and the census of land use and employment data (City of Melbourne).

Datasets Used: 
City of Melbourne Environmental Data - assets - Community Food Melbourne Bio blitz 2014 Melbourne Water Frog Census data - Department of Education and Training School locations data -

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