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Shading and cooling at Edithvale Wetlands


Melbourne Water is shading, cooling and greening Edithvale Wetlands to make them enjoyable for more days of the year, enhancing the amenity for the local community.

What’s happening and when

  • We have planted 200 native trees (Australian Oaks, Peppermints and Manna Gums) along paths linking to a local bus stop and the Discovery Centre to create shade for walkers and joggers.
  • We’ve also planted 4,000 native shrubs to provide habitat for birds.

Melbourne Water doesn’t work alone. We collaborated with the Friends of Edithvale Seaford Wetlands group to select plant species and planting locations that will create shade along paths, enhance biodiversity habitat and retain lines of sight across the area.  

Supported by Kingston City Council, this project forms part of our Urban Cooling Program which aims to transform 30 hectares of public land with shade and cooling by 2021.

Why these works are important

The Edithvale Wetlands Urban Cooling Project is creating tree canopy over walking/jogging trails so that they can be enjoyed for more days of the year, improving access for recreation and improving the health and wellbeing of the local community.

The Tree canopy will create shade to improve the comfort of pedestrians by protecting them from summer sun. When it is warm and sunny, just tree shade alone can make it feel 10 degrees cooler.

About the Urban Cooling Program

Across Melbourne we are transforming public land to create a greener and cooler region. We are working together with stakeholders and the community to create spaces that are enjoyable for more days of the year.

Improving green spaces for cooling can occur through providing trees and vegetation for shade, and water to improve vegetation health and evapotranspiration, or both. Vegetation and water used to cool green space can also provide habitat, improve amenity, and help manage stormwater flows to waterways.

Last year we delivered 24 hectares of shade, cooling and greening by planting trees along paths at Jacana and Edithvale wetlands. By 2021 we plan to deliver a further 6 hectares in public places across Melbourne.

By working together we can create greener and cooler, places to enjoy all year round.

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Last updated:
7 May 2019