Why do we need a revegetation strategy?

    Significant clearing across the City of Casey over many years has led to the loss of vital remnant vegetation across the municipality. Currently there is less than seven per cent native vegetation left across Casey, which has resulted in the loss of habitat for native plants and animals. Urban forests and green spaces also provide health benefits for people by providing opportunities for recreation and the opportunity to connect with the natural environment closed to home.

    Why is vegetation important in an urban environment?

    Trees and shrubs enhance the aesthetics of a neighbourhood, help reduce day and night-time temperature through a process called transpiration.

    Native plants increase the range of animals that live in or visit an area. Various native flowers encourage small honey eaters, tiny gliders (such as the eastern pygmy possum) and native insects to visit, while shrubs and native grasses provide ideal habitat for species such as the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot

    Definition of Terms

    Endangered -  High risk of extinction in the wild

    Habitat - The natural environment where a species or multiple species of organisms live.

    Indigenous - Those species naturally found in a given region or ecosystem. Some species may be native to Australia but not indigenous to the area.

    Invertebrates - Animals without a backbone.

    Revegetation - Replanting of disturbed land and attempting to recreate habitat that has been lost through land clearing.

    How can I be involved?

    The Draft Revegetation Strategy proposes a number of initiatives to be implemented over the next five years. Download the strategy and complete the survey on the Casey Conversations page to provide your feedback.

    Residents can also register to take part in upcoming planting programs by entering your contact details in the Join a Planting Project section.