The City of Melville has recently adopted an Urban Forest and Green Spaces Policy.
The next step will be to develop a Strategy which sets out priorities and how they can be achieved. In preparation for this, we have been mapping the locations of trees on land for which the City is responsible – parks, gardens and streets - using aerial photography.
Opportunities for the community to get involved will include:
- Being selected to serve on a Community Reference Group (CRG).
- Joining an online forum by registering on Melville Talks.
- Responding to an invitation to complete an online survey.
How people were selected for the CRG
To ensure that CRG membership included people who represent the interests of the community as a whole, we sent emails to a random sample of residents in each of the four neighbourhoods of the City, inviting them to put in an Expression of Interest to serve on a Community Reference Group.
Places were limited to individuals who best complied with the selection criteria, with 14 selected for the CRG.
Tasks for the group will include identifying the purpose of an urban forest, the priorities for action and how the community could play an active role in making the Strategy a reality at the local level.
How can I get involved right now?
You can tell us what the term "Urban Forest" means to you. Leave your thoughts by clicking the Get Involved tab.
The Community Reference Group will consider and provide comment on community suggestions for creating an urban forest which could be included in the Strategy.
Meet the Community Reference Group (CRG)
Community Reference Group Reflections
After five productive meetings of the Urban Forest Community Reference Group, we asked the participants to tell us about their experiences working together on the Urban Forest strategy. View the videos below to hear what they had to say.