What is Eco-zoning?

Eco-zoning is the conversion of underutilised turfed areas into native garden areas. Ultimately this allows for minimal water to support an area that once sustained turf, saving large volumes of water.The newly eco-zoned areas within the City are designed to become self-sufficient within one to two years of installation, at which time the native garden areas will not receive irrigation at all.

When did the City begin Eco-zoning?

In February 2011 an exciting new Eco-zoning program was introduced into the City. This water conservation initiative forms part of the City’s Water Efficiency Action Plan and Greening Plan implementation schedule. 

What are the benefits of Eco-zoning?

As well as reducing the pressure on groundwater for the use in irrigation, eco-zoning increases the biodiversity through careful species selection. The selected species include local and Australian natives that are adapted to our local conditions and require minimal water, fertiliser, soil amendments and maintenance. Increasing the areas of native plantings in the City increases habitat and food sources for our local fauna species. Supporting and caring for our local systems leads to healthy and thriving eco-systems. 

Completed Projects

Below is a list of completed eco-zoning projects. Please feel free to have a look and wander through the native plantings in these areas.

Parks & Reserves Area Converted (m2)Estimated Groundwater Savings (kL/year)
Keith Frame Reserve 2,945 2,660

Loftus Median Strip

3,400 1,700
Kyilla Park 1,240 620
Woodville Reserve 4,180 2,090
Ellesmere Street Reserve  3,170 2,377
Birdwood Square 5,900 2,950
Charles/Vincent Street Reserve  344 172
Britannia Road Reserve (Stage 1 & 2)                        15,740                                          7,870
Mick Michael Reserve 2,270 1,702
Les Lilleyman Reserve (Stage 1 & 2) 6,855 3,427
Menzies Park 1,600 800
Charles/Walcott/Green Streets Road Reserve 650 325
Anzac/Scarborough Beach Road Reserve 1,000 500
Banks Reserve 3,300 1,516
London Street Reserve 1,035 517
Brentham Street Reserve (Stage 1) 3,565 1,782

Future Projects

Parks & ReservesESTIMATED Area TO BE Converted (m2)Estimated Groundwater Savings (kL/year)
Brentham Street (stage 2) 3,565 1,782
Beatty Park Reserve                                                      9,100                                  4,550
Monmouth Street Reserve  500 250
Edinboro Street Reserve                                 1,840 1,380
Charles Veryard Reserve 12,400 6,200
Blackford Street Reserve 2,040 1,020
Jack Marks Reserve  2,430 1,215
Scarborough/Bondi/Main Street Reserve 2,230 1,115
Bourke Street Reserve 2,205 1,102
Leake/Alma Street Reserve 1,150 575

Big Picture

In total, the City intends to convert 25 turfed areas around the City to native garden areas, overall decreasing the total area of turf by around 13.3ha.

For further information regarding water conservation and management initiatives within the City, please contact the City’s Coordinator Parks Strategy and Projects, Sarah Hill on 9273 6000 or by email