Brimbank,
04
November
2015
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22:57
Australia/Melbourne

November is all about trees… of the Urban Forest variety

Summary

Community feedback is being invited on Brimbank’s Draft Urban Forest Strategy 2015-2045 over the next six weeks.

An online survey is now available for residents and stakeholders to comment on the strategy and tell Council their priorities for tree planting in Brimbank into the future.

The community will also have the opportunity to attend special Pop Up Urban Forest sessions to learn more about the strategy and provide their feedback. Locations, dates and times for Pop Up Urban Forest sessions will be advised.

The draft strategy outlines Council’s intention to increase Brimbank’s tree canopy coverage from 6.2 per cent to 30 per cent over the next 30 years by planting 700,000 trees.

Brimbank’s Urban Forest includes all vegetation including trees, plants and grasses, and the environment in which they are able to grow.

The strategy will ultimately be used to guide the future greening of Brimbank. It will take a strategic approach to increasing the City’s canopy cover through its planting of trees on streets, in urban parks, along waterways and encouraging planting in private open space.

The draft strategy proposes to:

  • Increase canopy cover in Brimbank to 30 per cent to reduce urban heat island effects
  • maximise the capture and long term storage of carbon dioxide (carbon sequestration) by having more trees
  • Protect existing trees through planning and enforcement
  • minimise the amount of impervious surfaces (like asphalt and concrete) to reduce urban heat island effects
  • Integrate grasslands with open space
  • Improve water quality through the use of water sensitive urban design
  • Encourage trees to be planted on private property and
  • Create understanding and positive community attitudes towards the Brimbank Urban Forest

The ultimate aim is to deliver positive health and social outcomes for the community, and reduce the impacts of heat, pollution and noise.

Brimbank’s Draft Urban Forest Strategy 2015-2045 is out for community comment until 12 December 2015.

For further information contact urbanforest@brimbank.vic.gov.au or

The Public Space Coordinator - Urban Design
Brimbank City Council
704b Old Calder Highway,
Keilor
VIC 3036

More information on the importance of trees can also be found at Branch Out Brimbank.