Gardens win Banksia gong

Eco-friendly improvements to the Fitzroy Gardens have seen the City of Melbourne win the Sustainable Cities Award at the prestigious Banksia Awards.

Focused on the old Fitzroy Gardens depot site, the project has delivered 4500 square metres of new open space, a visitor centre and cafe, and a remodelled depot to suit contemporary needs.

A new stormwater harvesting and re-use system has also been installed to substantially decrease the amount of potable water used to irrigate the gardens.

Professor Kate Auty, Chair of the Banksia Foundation, said the Fitzroy Gardens’ nomination stood out even against a number of other high achievers in sustainability.

‘The gardens are a project for the ages.’

‘Projects such as the Fitzroy Gardens will stand us in good stead as we meet the challenges of climate change realities,’ Kate said.

‘The development promoted a wide range of responses to climate change action, actively bringing the community into the sustainability conversation.’

The Banksia Sustainability Awards celebrate the most outstanding achievements of Australian businesses, governments, and communities.

The 2017 awards had 33 finalists, with the Gold Banksia going to KEO Films for the ABC’s War on Waste series.

‘The City of Melbourne has shown exemplary leadership, imagination and purposeful application,’ said Kate.

‘The gardens are a project for the ages.’

Stroll through the historic Fitzroy Gardens this summer to enjoy magnificent floral displays, school holiday fun at Cooks’ Cottage, the KereKere Green cafe and much more. Free guided walking tours depart from the visitor centre every Saturday at 10am.

For more information, visit Open Space.