Partnering Organisations

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services, with an underlying ethos ‘to shape a better world’. Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms. Arup’s global Cities Strategy, defines our strategic objective to be the leading global cities consultant. Arup has identified that cities are a central part of our future business strategy and the success of the organisation. To ensure we are remain a credible leader in this sector it is important we are involved in research to understand how cities are to be shaped, developed and redeveloped over coming decades. Arup has a strong commitment to work with researchers, technology providers and industries that are transforming our world.


The City of Melbourne is the fastest growing municipality in Australia. Residential population has doubled to more than 116,000 people since 2001. By 2021, it is expected to grow to more than 150,000 people and almost 200,000 by 2031. The City of Melbourne has developed a draft Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy to provide direction about how we manage and enhance municipal ecology and biodiversity. By considering our city as an ecosystem, we will actively foster connections between people, plants, animals and the landscape, to create the legacy of a resilient, balanced and healthy urban environment for future generations to enjoy, and to nurture delight in the natural environment.


Greening Australia is a not-for-profit Non – Government – Organisation committed to protecting and increasing our biodiversity assets across the landscape, including urban areas. We’re proud to be one of the leading service providers for the Federal Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme, the largest restoration program currently being undertaken in Australia. Greening Australia has also developed a ‘Green Cities’ program that we are delivering with government, land holders, managers and indigenous groups across the country to identify assets and threats, and propose strategies to protect and improve both nature and liveability within the urban landscape.

Phillip Johnson Landscapes is a small firm of landscape architects, designers, horticulturalists, and landscapers offering specialist landscape design, construction and maintenance services. Phillip Johnson Landscapes designs, builds & maintains sustainable habitats. Our mission is to work with nature & not against it. Over the last 20 years, we have pioneered sustainable landscape design and we continue to work to inspire change and a renewed appreciation for all the joy nature bring. Phillip Johnson Landscapes has a strong commitment to work with researchers and industries that are transforming our world.