What you told us about the draft strategy Part A

Thank you for leaving your thoughts on the draft Urban Forest Strategy Part A. The survey was open for the community to comment on between Monday, 22 May and Friday, 16 June 2017.

A total of 52 submissions were received during the consultation process.

  • 35% approved the strategy without changes,
  • 53% approved the strategy with minor changes relating to tree selection, including the use of native trees in a drying climate and as habitat for flora and fauna and trees that did not create ‘mess’ e.g., seed pods, flowers etc. for householders to clean up. There were also suggestions for how the loss of trees on both private and ‘public’ land through development could be managed.
  • 12% of people who responded did not approve the strategy.

We thank you again for your assistance in making the City of Melville more livable for the present and into the future.

You can download the Adopted Urban Forest Strategic Plan: Part A, here

Urban Forest Strategy Part A

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.

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.”

The community was invited to view and provide feedback on the Draft Strategic Plan. While that period has now close, we welcome you to download the Draft Urban Forest Strategic Plan: Part A here

Tell Us What You Think

Overall, what do you think of the draft Strategy

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Benefits of the urban forest & green spaces

Urban forest refers to the trees and vegetation within any given area, on both private and public land. Retaining and installing trees and vegetation is one of the most viable options for building climate change resilience. Trees provide cooling from shade and lower local temperatures through a process called evapotranspiration. These cooling benefits can help reduce our energy demands and ultimately our utility bills.

Other benefits of trees and green spaces include the provision of food sources and habitat for wildlife; improving air quality through filtering pollutants & the production of oxygen; carbon sequestration (storing); improving water quality; reducing soil erosion and wind speeds; and improving human health.

Tree lined streets not only improve the liveability aspects of neighbourhoods such as providing shaded spaces for walking and parking your car, but also increase residential house prices. For more information regarding the benefits of trees go to http://202020vision.com.au/about-the-vision/

You can assist the City in growing the urban forest by requesting a free verge tree for your property or by participating in the City’s free native plant giveaway. For more information contact the City on 1300 635 845 or melinfo@melville@.wa.gov.au

About the Urban Forest Strategic Plan

One of the ways is which Local Governments nationally and internationally are adapting to climate change is through the retention and expansion of the urban forest.

The City of Melville adopted their ‘Urban Forest Strategic Plan 2017-2036, Part A: City Controlled Land’ in 2017 following a high level of research and consultation with the community.

The Urban Forest Strategic Plan outlines actions that will increase tree coverage and green spaces in public areas for the benefit of everyone. Key recommendations identified in the Plan are the replacement of aging trees and no net loss of canopy coverage on public land. Trialling new tree species for streetscapes that are drought tolerant will not only increase the diversity of species within the urban forest, but it will also increase the resilience of the urban forest into the future.

Thermal mapping and data collection efforts will assist in directing planting efforts to priority areas that have been identified as having low vegetation cover and higher localised temperatures.

Trees on private land

Although the Urban Forest Strategic Plan Part A focuses on trees and vegetation on City controlled land, the City of Melville recognises the importance of retaining trees on private property as an integral part of the urban forest. The loss of canopy coverage from private land is a phenomenon throughout the Perth region and can be directly attributed to infill development and the desire for larger dwellings on smaller blocks.

The City encourages residents that are developing their land to consider designs that allow for the retention of large established trees; include passive cooling and heating features; and allow space for tree installation following development.

You can assist the City in growing the urban forest by requesting a free verge tree for your property or by participating in the City’s free native plant giveaway. For more information contact the City on 1300 635 845 or melinfo@melville@.wa.gov.au

Meet the 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.

Frances D'Souza

Dr Joseph Fernandez

Zoe Atkinson

Jane Loveday

Emily Dawson

Teina Peters

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.

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