As our cities grow, it is important to consider the infrastructure and development impacts have on our natural areas. What was once a complex dune and floodplain system is now covered in concrete and built form – how does that affect the area’s ecosystem? Perth has one of the fastest growth rates in Australia, with an estimated population of 2.17 million by 2025. The challenge for local governments is to balance the competing demands to provide infrastructure and development to support population growth with the pressures on biodiversity, amenity, accessibility and resilience of our urban greenways.
Ecoscape recently completed the Western Suburbs Greening Plan 2020-2025, working collaboratively across seven local government agencies to enable a more integrated and powerful approach to regional environmental planning in the western suburbs.
Reducing Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) stress is the main objective behind the federal government’s plan to set tree canopy targets for Australian cities. Average temperatures are continuing to rise, and the number of extreme heat days increase annually. Planning approaches and methods to cool our cities are becoming increasingly important. With over three-quarters of Australians now living in urban areas, combating the UHIE within our cities is a major public health issue. Ecoscape were recognised for our innovative urban forest plan, which is informed by a thorough analysis of the complex natural, historical, socio-economic and cultural fabric of Fremantle. The plan is focused on community wellbeing and environmental value, as well as creating an equitable approach to targeted tree canopy coverage. Species selection is carefully tailored to reflect the unique character of each precinct and engagement with active community groups was carried out in each precinct to engender local ownership and advocacy of the Strategy.
Trails help users to learn interactively by experiencing the trail and its highlights, developing the user’s knowledge and understanding of a region. Trails provide a number of benefits to the community and the trail users including education, tourism, connection between proposed and existing trail networks, and increased community participation in arts and culture. Western Australia has a rich and diverse social and environmental landscape providing many opportunities for trail design and implementation. Ecoscape were recognised for our cross-discipline collaboration approach to planning for the Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) Coastal Walk Trails. The trails are intended to provide engaging interpretive features and alignments to fully experience the cultural and natural dynamics of the island. The collaboration sets out to design and manage a trail that creates an attitudinal shift encouraging the informed visitor to conserve and respect the island, and learn from such experiences in a positive, modern way.
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North Fremantle WA 6159
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Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation. We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.