Adding blue to green
Aligning the delivery of stormwater management and urban greening in Ballarat
A green-blue city aims to recreate a naturally-oriented water cycle while contributing to the amenity of the city by facilitating urban greening and supporting healthy green infrastructure. Through integrated design a green-blue city can benefit from the synergies between local water management (blue infrastructure) and green space and urban trees (green infrastructure). This is achieved by combining and protecting the hydrological and ecological values of the urban landscape and recreating a more natural water cycle that restores soil moisture while reducing stormwater runoff. Designing and utilising the urban environment to manage local water resources and to create resilience to both flood and drought are key drivers in a green-blue city.
The urban environment is a complex one, but one where better integration and less separation of green and blue infrastructure will provide multiple benefits to the environment, communities and local economies. It will also compliment the renowned heritage character of Ballarat.