How can City of Melbourne work with the community to 
develop a better understanding of the city’s biodiversity?

Supported By: 
City of Melbourne

How can City of Melbourne work with the community to deliver the cityís mission to protect and enhance nature (blue and green ecosystem and biodiversity) in the city, which are vital for the liveability and resilience of Melbourne? Specifically, how can we foster communityís enthusiasm in urban biodiversity using Melbourne BioBlitz data and empower the community to co-manage the urban nature with us using citizen science? For instance, can the community help us monitor biodiversity more accurately in a changing climate? Or how can they use the collected biodiversity data for their own daily decision making? Little things like what plant to be planted in their backyard or which local parks/reserves to go this weekend for the most wonderful butterfly watch?


Eligibility Criteria

Use at least one city of Melbourne dataset.


Team Name: 


Encounter and photograph our amazing wildlife! Explore and learn about our country! All while contributing to open data, getting exercise and having fun!


We live in a beautiful country; rich with wildlife, parks and landmarks. Unfortunately, very few of us are aware of what can be found around us. This year for Govhack 2016, team YAMM have been working on something that we believe will give people a way to truly connect with their surroundings.

Get Parked

Team Name: 

Get parked is an informative, easy to use interface that connects everyday individuals to the amazing experiences and getaways right in their backyard. Country Victoria has a vast number of parks and sites open to public use, however there is no easy way to find information on these sites and hence can be intimidating for those that are not bush savvy, to plan a bush/outdoor weekend outing.

Find My Toilet

Team Name: 
Hackstreet Boys

An app allowing users to find their closest public amenity (toilets, shower, drinking water), provide feedback rating of the facility and inform the body responsible for the amenity if maintenance is required. By recording the location of users when they indicate they need a facility and providing access to this new dataset to councils and town planners via both an API and a heatmap, it is easy for them to visualise where new amenities are most needed.