As indicated in the time frame, the draft Urban Forest Strategy: Part A was presented at the meeting of Council on Tuesday 16 May 2017 and approved for a public consultation phase which will begin on Monday 22 May 2017 to Friday 16 June 2017.
Part A of the Urban Forest Strategic Plan was developed with significant input from an urban forest community reference group who had collectively defined that "the purpose of the urban forest is in providing a healthy and peaceful environment which nurtures the wellbeing of all natural and human communities to reside within it.”
You can download the Draft Urban Forest Strategic Plan: Part A here and welcome your comments below.
We welcome you to comment on the Draft Urban Forest Strategic Plan - Part A
Meet the Community Reference Group (CRG)
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.
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.
Dr Joseph Fernandez
Watch the video from the first CRG meeting
What you've said about the idea of an urban forest
You can tell us what the term "Urban Forest" means to you.
The Community Reference Group will consider and provide comment on community suggestions for creating an urban forest which could be included in the Strategy.