Supporting the creation of greener cities

The Hort Frontiers Green Cities Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, is working with various co-investors, and the nursery industry, to deliver never-before-seen research that explores links between well-being and green space, and efficiencies gained through utilising certain types of plants when landscaping.


As the Australian population continues to grow, along with green-space health links, urban developers and governments are becoming increasingly interested in greener communities. A lot is still unknown about the benefits of green space, such as what affect does it have on a student’s ability to study, and an individual’s mental health? The Green Cities Fund aims to help uncover some of the answers to these questions, providing research that can help inform government policy and nursery industry business decisions and customer advice.


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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 City of Melbourne
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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