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May
2016
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30 Year Plan for a Greener, Cooler Brimbank

Summary

Brimbank has its sights set on increasing the City’s tree canopy coverage from 6.2 per cent to 30 per cent over the next 30 years.

Brimbank has its sights set on increasing Brimbank's tree canopy coverage from 6.2 per cent to 30 per cent over the next 30 years, following the adoption of the Brimbank Urban Forest Strategy.

The strategy guides our approach to increasing canopy cover in streets and parks, and encourages residents to plant trees in private open space.

Increasing Brimbank’s tree canopy coverage to limit heatwave impacts is a key action of the strategy. Other key actions include:

  • Plant more trees to help reduce pollution
  • Protect existing trees through planning and enforcement
  • Decrease the amount of impervious surfaces to reduce urban heat island effects
  • Integrate grasslands with open space
  • Improve water quality through the use of Water Sensitive Urban Design and use of stormwater in greening parks
  • Encourage trees to be planted on private property
  • Create understanding and positive community attitudes towards the Urban Forest.

The draft Urban Forest Strategy was released for community feedback in late 2015. Feedback from the community was generally positive and supportive of the intent and actions proposed.

View a copy of the Brimbank Urban Forest Strategy at the BCC website.