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POPULATION GROWTH

World

The growth of the worlds population over the last two hundred years is unsustainable.

Population Growth

Across the region

Greater Metropolitan Melbourne’s population is projected to increase from over 4.8 Million in 2001 to over 6.6 Million by 2021. Over the same period, Greater Dandenong’s population is expected to increase from 128,500 to 173,000. The expected growth will result in new houses requiredto accommodate this growth. In addition, Greater Dandenong’s location and importance as a regional employment hub willalso place additional pressure on its infrastructure and the environment.

Victoria vs Dandenong Population Growth
Victoria Growth

Across the region

Greater Metropolitan Melbourne’s population is projected to increase from over 4.8 Million in 2001 to over 6.6 Million by 2021. Over the same period, Greater Dandenong’s population is expected to increase from 128,500 to 173,000. The expected growth will result in new houses requiredto accommodate this growth. In addition, Greater Dandenong’s location and importance as a regional employment hub willalso place additional pressure on its infrastructure and the environment.

RESOURCE USE

Our consumption of natural resources can be measured using ecological footprinting that assess the number of global hectares of land required to support our consumption and wastes. This can be translated into the number of planets required to support our lifestyle, if everyone on earth lived the same lifestyle.

Resources Australia

Australia

The average Australian has an ecological footprint of 6.87 gha (global hectares) per year - the equivalent of a 4 planet lifestyle.

Resources Dandenong

Greater Dandenong

Residents in the City of Greater Dandenong have an average ecological footprint of 6.02 gha equal to a 3.5 planet lifestyle.

WASTE

Victoria

Between 2002–03 and 2010–11, Victoria's per capita waste generation increased from 1.7 tonnes per year to 2.1 tonnes per year, an increase of 23% over the period.

Every three months, the Victorian economy produces enough waste to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) completely - from the playing field to the top of the stands.

Victoria

Greater Dandenong

Residents of Greater Dandenong have worked with Council to reduce household garbage being sent to landfill, with diversion rates increasing from 22% in 1999-2000 to around 45% in 2013-2014. Even though Greater Dandenong's population has grown over this period, the amount of household garbage sent to landfill is still lower in 2013-2014 than it was in 1999-2000.

Greater Dandenong

CLIMATE CHANGE

Uptake of Solar Panels in Greater Dandenong

Dec 2013 - 11,979 Kilowatt of solar panels

July 2015 - 18,361 Kilowatt of solar panels in Greater Dandenong

Climate Arrow

The Australian government estimated in 2013-2014 that the average Australian emits 24.1t CO2e a year.

Climate Emissions
Climate Global

Even though Australia's contribution to global emissions is only about 1.3%, it is in the top 20 countries.

BIODIVERSITY

Victoria

Biodiversity underpins the health of the planet and has a direct impact on our lives. We are currently using 25% more natural resources than the planet can sustain.

In Victoria, since European settlement, approximately half of the native vegetation across the State has been cleared for farming and urban development, with 80 per cent of original cover cleared from private land.

In Greater Dandenong, even with the extensive green wedge area to the south, very little of the original native vegetation remains.

Bio Vegetation

Value of Ecological services

Biodiversity underpins the health of the planet and has a direct impact on our lives. We are currently using 25% more natural resources than the planet can sustain. In Greater Dandenong, even with the green wedge area to the south, very little of the original native vegetation remains. According to a 2014 report commissioned by the US Government, the monetary value of goods and services provided by nature was estimated to be about $125 trillion per year ($US) - that's $125,000,000,000,000.00 provided by plants and wildlife. These services are critical to human well-being and to the functioning of the economy. For instance, the value of insect pollinators alone on world agricultural production is estimated to be over $200 billion.

Bio Value

OPEN SPACE

Greater Melbourne

A recent assessment of public open space across Greater Melbourne identified significant variation in public open space per person for each local government area.

Open Space Graph

Canopy Cover

An assessment of the canopy cover across Greater Melbourne indicates that Greater Dandenong has the lowest canopy cover this side of the city.

To help address this, the community has helped Council at tree planting days to plant over 18,000 native local plants in public open spaces each year.

Open Space Canopy