Have your say on the type of street trees planted in your local area

Project Status: Under review

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Why we’re doing this

Our street tree master plan nominates the species of tree to be planted in each street across the local area. Our current plan was adopted by Council in 2011 and has guided our street tree planting since then.

Our street trees not only provide beautiful shade, colour and habitat, they’re also a legacy for future generations. That is why it’s important to review this master plan and ensure it’s continuing to provide a green and resilient future.

The plan provides a coordinated and strategic approach to planting street trees across the city. It’s reviewed every 10 years to ensure the most appropriate species of tree is planted to match the local conditions and the predicted future climate.

‘The best time to plant a tree was 50 years ago. The second best time is right now.’ – Chinese proverb

Trees in cities

Cities can be tough places for trees to grow, with paved surfaces and buildings reflecting light and heat. Soil is also often disturbed or compacted. This altered and challenging environment requires a wide variety of trees to suit a range of conditions.

To meet the current and future challenges that face our city, the urban forest will continue to be a mix of native and exotic tree species, ensuring the future resilience of the forest and a liveable city.

Native trees will always be a major part of the urban forest. Seven out of the 10 most common species are native to Australia, but other introduced species also have an important role to play. Deciduous trees are preferred in some locations since they shade streets from the summer heat, but also allow access to light and heat in inner city homes and public spaces in winter.

What we’re doing

We’re gathering feedback from our communities, advice from experts, and experience gained during the implementation of the existing master plan to revise and update the street tree master plan.

We’d like to hear your thoughts on the types of street trees planted in your local area.

Next steps

We will review all community feedback, along with expert advice and make any changes to the master plan where required.

The draft street tree master plan will be available in late 2022 to early 2023 for further community feedback before it’s finalised and adopted by Council in mid-2023.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 3 August 2022.

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation’s name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your contribution.

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