The Green Cities Project

Which plant, where, when database for growing urban green space


The Green Cities Project – Which plant, where, when database for growing urban green space (WPW Project) is a five-year project that will facilitate green cities by unlocking opportunities to develop sustainable and resilient urban green spaces.

This project brings together a consortium of researchers and growers to investigate the suitability of various plants species under current and future climate scenarios. It is the first of its kind, and will culminate in an online interactive tool that will map the distribution of suitable habitats for various plant species across Australia. The online tool will be available and designed for use by a wide range of stakeholders from nursery and turf growers to developers, landscape planners and designers, councils, and individuals. Users will be able to select from a range of filters to choose the right species of plant for various urban areas – from street plantings to housing developments and open spaces. A national best- practice technical design guide will be developed as part of the project to demonstrate best-practice case studies of species selections around Australia.

This national project will be delivered as a joint collaborative effort between Macquarie University and Western Sydney University and will engage with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, Horticultural Innovation Australia (Hort. Innovation), 202020Vision as well as industry and key stakeholders.

The success of the project requires a collaborative effort between growers, practitioners, government and researchers from across Australia. As such, we are seeking individuals to participate on our Green Cities Advisory Group (Advisory Group) during the project. Individuals will provide specific technical advice and insight for the project based on their experience and background.


Members of the Group commit to:
▪ attend meetings on a six-month basis either via phone/person/skype
▪ attend additional meetings, if required
▪ contribute to the discussion in a positively constructive, informed manner
▪ help the WPW Project operate effectively by offering suggestions and alternative perspectives
▪ communicate the WPW Project back to their organisations and networks
▪ respect requests for confidentiality on certain issues.

The WPW Project team will:
▪ manage the Advisory Group, including providing a meeting venue, agenda, and meeting notes
▪ provide regular updates on the WPW Project
▪ provide information and suggestions to inform the discussion
▪ consider all views and advice provided by the Advisory Group

Terms of membership

Membership of the Group is vacated if the member:
▪ completes a one-year term (although this may be extended by MQ by re-issuing an invitation for a further one-year term)
▪ resigns the membership in writing to the Chair
▪ fails to attend more than two meetings without prior notice
▪ consistently fails to fulfill the membership requirements.

Where a position becomes vacant, it will be re-advertised through an Expression of Interest process.

Operating arrangements

The Advisory Group will meet every six months. If there is insufficient business to discuss, the Group may agree to convene at intervals of longer than six months. If urgent matters arise between scheduled meetings, additional meetings may be convened with 7-days’ notice.

Meeting notes
Discussion points and action items arising from Advisory Group meetings are noted and meeting notes circulated to members.

Members may not speak to the media on behalf of the Advisory Group or on behalf of any other member without prior agreement from the Advisory Group.

From time to time, matters discussed and information shared by the Advisory Group may be considered as confidential or sensitive. Where requested, members agree to not discuss any matters regarded by the Advisory Group as confidential or sensitive with anyone outside the Advisory Group.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact
Leigh Staas

Green Cities Research Relationship Manager Macquarie University
Phone: 02 98506297