Jacqui Weatherill, The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (AUS)
CEO The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
Council Member, Federation of International Gymnastique
Women's Commission Member, Federation of International Gymnastique
Former Chair, Gymnastics Australia
Former director of community development, City of Boroondara
Former general manager of corporate and community services, Benalla Rural City Council
MBA, RMIT University
Grad Dip, Sports Science, Deakin University
BA, Recreation, RMIT University
Reinvigorating Forgotten Green Space in Cities
Rapid population growth in Australia’s major cities has seen a decline in community access to green space. This problem was highlighted in a report by Infrastructure Australia (2018). The situation will worsen by 2046.
Peaceful public green spaces that make life bearable are critical for healthy minds. People are feeling disconnected from nature and we’re seeing rising mental health challenges.
What’s needed is a whole of government approach to ensure all public green space is reinvigorated or repurposed to boost the user’s experience. The community must get a better ‘return’ on its existing public urban green space. Much of this space, whether it be the grassed areas of our hospitals and community facilities or our cemeteries should be revaluated – and if necessary - redesigned to provide emotive landscapes that nourish the soul and enhance well-being. Too much of our current public green space is underutilised, neglected and forgotten.