15 fast facts about Melbourne in 2020

In a year like no other, we have been particularly busy at the City of Melbourne providing essential services and responding to all the challenges of 2020.

Our work included collecting 9331 tonnes of recycling, providing maternal and child health services for families who welcomed new babies during lockdown, and transforming the city for a COVID-safe summer.

Here is a snapshot of our year in numbers:

1. planted 3174 trees

2. created more than 100 extended alfresco dining parklets

3. processed more than 1242 birth notices

4. recorded more than 6000 registered pets for the first time, including 2316 cats and 3747 dogs

5. supported a group of seven large energy users to purchase of 110 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity through the second Melbourne Renewable Energy Project

6. provided more than $17 million in funding to 2988 businesses

7. completed 4716 phone calls to check on the wellbeing of 726 isolated older people

8. supported 5650 artists with more than $3.5 million in funding across 907 arts grants, including 385 artists with disability

9. loaned more than 220,000 physical items and more than 640,000 electronic items through our libraries

10. ran 200 early literacy programs, 249 English conversation clubs and 87 book clubs

11. provided 154 grants and sponsorships worth $1.48 million to community organisations

12. delivered 551 ArtPlay creative sessions with 225 artists for 27,622 children and families

13. delivered 622 Signal creative art sessions with 488 artists, reaching 4,056 young people

14. generated 862,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy from 2244 solar panels on council buildings

15. harvested 120,478,000 litres of stormwater

This is just a small sample of the varied work that is done by local councils.

To find out more about what we do and how to get involved in city life, visit City of Melbourne.