Built Environment

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The way that a city, its suburbs, its buildings and transport are designed, built and managed can have a large impact on long-term environmental sustainability, how its inhabitants live, work, commute, participate in recreational activities and their overall quality of life.

Council’s vision for the built environment is outlined below. Further information can be found in the Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2016-2026 (pdf, 8MB) .


  • Protect and enhance the garden city character of the municipality
  • Promote environmentally sustainable outcomes in urban planning, design and development


  • The garden city character of Monash is retained and improved
  • Development is designed along Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles

Urban environments are designed and planned to promote and encourage integrated and active transport.


Sustainable Street Lighting

The rollout of 8,200 energy efficient lights across Monash has been completed with contractors finishing the project on 30 June 2015. The $3.3 million project is Council's largest-ever environmental initiative, aiming to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions, lower electricity bills and maintenance costs, and provide stronger lighting of local streets.

The cost of this lighting project will be paid off within about six years, from the savings made through lower electricity bills and maintenance costs.

Streetlights - FAQs (pdf, 474KB) will provide answers for some of the more commonly asked questions about this topic.

Details: Sustainable Street Lighting

For more information, contact Chris Lo Piccolo, from Council's Infrastructure Division, on 9518 3794 or at ChrisL@monash.vic.gov.au.

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Last updated: 10 January 2017