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Nature in the City Strategy

In April 2017, the Future Melbourne Committee endorsed the City of Melbourne’s Nature in the City Strategy. This is the City of Melbourne’s first strategy to create and maintain healthy ecosystems and thriving biodiversity within the city.

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It is the product of a collaborative process, developed with information, ideas, and advice provided by a large number of stakeholders including local academics, interest groups including Traditional Owners and Friends groups, and the broader Melbourne community.

By considering our city as a wider ecosystem, there is the opportunity to actively foster connections amongst people, plants, animals and the landscape. This will create the legacy of a resilient, balanced, and healthy natural environment with a community that is connected to nature and place, is active in protecting and enhancing biodiversity, and enjoys the associated benefits to health and wellbeing.

Nature in the City is unique in that it infuses novel elements into the management of urban ecosystems such as the application of ‘Caring for Country’ principles and ecosystem-driven climate adaptation, whilst emphasising the positive influence of nature on human health.

Goals, priorities, and targets

Our vision is for the City of Melbourne to support diverse, resilient, and healthy ecosystems that improve the environment and wellbeing of our community, providing the foundation for a liveable city. This strategy has three goals and six priorities that will guide the next 10 years of planning, development, and management of the city’s biodiversity and ecosystems. It also details a set of actions and targets to evaluate the success of implementation.

The strategy's vision, goals, priorities and targets. See strategy summary under 'Document download' heading for full text.

our acknowledgement

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  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.