Darebin City Council: 2022 Winner – Thriving environment

Last updated: 9 December 2022
natural landscape with Indigenous plants in foreground with urban buildings in the distance Darebin City Council is the Industry Leader award winner in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2022 – Thriving environment category.

Darebin City Council has embarked on a rewilding program for the benefit of both public health and the conservation of biodiversity.

Rewilding creates accessible, healthy, resilient and diverse ecosystems in urban areas that respect the Indigenous character of the landscape to support communities and biodiversity, both now and into the future.

Two years after it was launched, the council’s rewilding project has transformed 18 hectares for the Darebin community to enjoy. Over 300,000 Indigenous plants have been planted, and more than 80 jobs have been created.

Rewilding has also sparked a rise in the community’s interest in and appreciation of nature, and a volunteer program is strengthening the connection between local residents and their new green spaces.

Thriving environment 2022 finalists