Supporting the creation of greener cities

The Green Cities Fund brings together a range of partners, alongside the Australian nursery and turf industry, to deliver new research which builds the case for increased  urban greening.

 With the Australian population increasing and the health benefits of green space becoming clearer, urban developers and governments are becoming increasingly interested in creating greener communities. And yet, there is still much for us to learn in this area, such as what affect does green space have on perinatal health outcomes or hospital admissions? The Green Cities Fund aims to help uncover some of the answers to these questions.


Featured Green Cities Fund co-investment projects

Become involved

The process

Hort Innovation is continually seeking new investment opportunities. Ideas can be submitted at any time on Hort Innovation’s website using the concept form. The form allows Hort Innovation to understand your basic concept, with a big-picture view of the aims and outcomes rather than detailed methodology. This approach aims to protect, as far as possible, IP associated with innovative ideas, whilst capturing opportunities that can be shaped into full proposals should there be an identified alignment between the concept and strategy that guides investment in the Green Cities Fund.

The investment analysis process involves filtering and potentially combining concepts for procurement. Once approval has been granted for investment in a concept, a Request for Proposal will be prepared, asking delivery partners (open or select, depending on size and scope) to provide a detailed submission that address key criteria. All responses will then be evaluated against the key criteria before the investment is contracted.

Do you have a concept you’d like us to consider for Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative?
If you are interested in partnering with Hort Innovation, your concepts are welcome and can be submitted for:

  • Advanced Production Systems Fund
  • Asian Markets Fund
  • Green Cities Fund
  • Healthy Food Fund
  • Leadership Fund
  • Pollination Fund.

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More information

Sharyn Casey
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2379
M 0414 257 616
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Brenda Kranz
R&D Manager

T 02 8295 2300
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Expert Advisory Panel

About the panel

The function of the Green Cities Fund Expert Advisory Panel is to provide expert advice and oversight of the fund, including providing input into proposed projects/research and recommendations on potential methods to address future gaps or deficiencies in the existing body of research. The panels will provide impartial assessment and commercially relevant scrutiny of research proposals, fostering external confidence in Hort Innovation’s ability to rigorously assess, and provide evidence and merit-based recommendations to the Board.

Panel members

Name Organisation Location
David Matthews Proteaflora Nursery
Julie Francis Moffitts Farm
Dr Mark Gibbs Queensland University of Technology
Warwick Savvas Aspect Studios
Darren Mason Andreasens Green
Sharyn Casey (Facilitator) Hort Innovation
Neil Burgess (Ex-officio) Hort Innovation

Green Cities Fund co-investment projects

Which plant where, when and why

Project Code: GC15002

Start Date: June, 2016

End Date: June, 2021

Service Provider: Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

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This project under the Hort Frontiers Green Cities Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, brings together a consortium of researchers to investigate the suitability of various plants species under current and future climate scenarios. The...
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