Green Space Alliance

Improving health, wellbeing and liveability by using innovative water and urban planning solutions

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The Greenspace Alliance was formed in 2014 as an informal industry group to provide a united voice on green space issues to the Western Australian Government, the GSA has matured into a representative alliance with the following vision: “To live in a community that values green spaces at its core, which deliver benefits to everyone through improved health, wellbeing and liveability by using innovative water and urban planning solutions.”

In light of concerns regarding the future of natural green space for Perth and surrounds, a group of horticulture industry members and aligned bodies from Western Australia formed the Green Space Alliance . GSA members include the following; Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH), City of Belmont, Landscape Industry Assn WA (LIAWA), Grey Water Industry Group (GWIG), Horticultural Media Association WA (HMA WA),  Nursery and Garden Industry Assn WA (NGIAWA), Parks and Leisure Assn WA (PLAWA), Sports Turf Assn (WA) (STA (WA)), Perth NRM, Tree Guild WA and Turf Growers Association WA (TGAWA)

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Vision

“To live in a community that values green spaces at its core, which deliver benefits to everyone through improved health, wellbeing and liveability by using innovative water and urban planning solutions.”

“All Western Australians have access to high quality green space – through advocacy, collaboration and awareness of relevant issues (water, location and quantity). 

The Green Space Alliance (GSA) aims to ensure all Western Australians have access to quality green space through advocacy, collaboration and awareness of relevant issues; water, location and quality. 

Perth’s vibrant green spaces are crucial to our health and way of life however they are at risk of being lost by being increasingly threatened from urbanization and degradation. The continued growth of Perth’s metropolitan footprint places great pressure on land space and water resources, and as a result the provision of adequate green space has become a major challenge.

The Green Space Alliance (GSA), a group of Western Australian amenity horticulture industry bodies and aligned organisations, are working together to promote the benefits of green space in all its forms, including parks and recreational reserves, civic spaces, residential gardens and the urban forest more broadly.

The GSA believe Perth has reached a critical point in time where action must be taken to protect existing and future green space availability and have recently launched a discussion paper and position statement entitled ‘Improving Urban Liveability’.

The GSA seeks to advocate to key decision makers and stakeholders for policy reform which will deliver healthy and resilient communities.

The one thing that is often forgotten when installing new lawns and gardens, is the addition of soil amendments to create along term, quality soil profile that will a) sustain the newly installed turf and gardens for years to come b) assist with soil moisture retention and wettability c) assist with urban cooling and d) hold nutrients in the profile to be up taken by plants, including turf. The ideal soil amendments for WA sands include a 70% clay based or red sand + 30% organics, pelletised chicken manure, a quality carbon/humate, (humus/humic acid), blend and a quality wetting agent and soil moisture retainer (such as Aquaforce and Biagra). And bingo, you have made a difference to the soil quality for a very long time to come. Longevity of soil quality, improved and sustained plant health as a result, creation of a zoo beneath your feet, and creation of a far improved water holding capacity of those sandy soils, are the direct result of prioritizing soil amendments from the outset.It is a simple process, (very financially viable), that will contribute to the creation of a soil biodiversity that in turn supports urban biodiversity in our gardens and public open spaces. There is a whole sequence of nature that is supported when these simple steps are prioritized at the time of installation of gardens and lawns. It is best practice. Please insist on this happening if you have a contractor installing your new lawn and garden. Plants cannot live on water alone, in sands with no guts to them. By attending to best practice installation from the outset you wont be sorry in the long term. Your lawn and garden will thank you in the warmer months too.#quality #biodiversity #water #health #lawns #gardens #soilhealthmatters #soil #soilhealth #perthisok #dotherightthing #makesensiblechoices #bestinthewest #turf #irrigation #zoobeneathourfeetAG Buffalo Turf Supplies Betta Turf Down South Turf Greenacres Turf Group Green Space Alliance WA Lawn Doctor WEST COAST TURF Westland Turf Greenfields & Bullsbrook Turf Farms Greenhill Turf Consulting Ord Valley Turf Turf Australia Perth Turf Talk Perth is OK Sabrina Hahn – Hort with Heart Curtin Radio ABC Perth Gardening Perth Water Corporation See MoreSee Less
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    Green Space Alliance Wins AIH award 2017

    AIH Inaugural Green Space Rural Award

    This nomination is for the Green Space Alliance (GSA) for their achievement over three years in the promotion more and better quality green space in Western Australia and for the improvement in livability of its citizens.

    Presented by Kim Morris FAIH RH.

    Accepted by Neville Passmore & Glenice Batchelor.