Do you think the Town’s tree canopy cover should be improved?

about 3 years ago
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The Town recognises the huge importance trees play in our community. Trees have a strong influence in the overall health and wellbeing of the community and undoubtedly positively increase the aesthetic appearance of our streetscapes.

The Town awarded a three year contract, via a public tender in June this year, to a consulting Arborist firm to assess every tree in the Town, map its location and provide information as to what maintenance works are required. This information will form the base data required to begin to develop a tree management strategy, popularly known today as an "Urban Forest Strategy".

This data will also be used to identify opportunities to increase the Town's annual planting numbers to combat, amongst other issues, urban heat islands. Each tree will also be assigned a value according to an established valuing method, enabling the Town to place a monetary value on its living assets. This value will be required when they may become compromised in a development application process.

The Town will be seeking community input at all stages as the strategy develops and the Evolve project would like to start the conversation.

Do you think the Town’s tree canopy cover should be improved?

Which areas are in need of attention?

Do you have any suggestions on how the Town could provide more canopy cover?


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  • soozeee over 3 years ago
    Protect existing tree canopy on all public open space, as well as on private land. Other states have done so, don't wait for the State govt, follow Freo's lead and just do it. Plant native species - the birds need food! Any more Jacarandas is out of the question
  • Jen over 3 years ago
    We have many old peppermint trees on our section of Planet Street. I'd like to see more care taken in relation to pruning for power lines; age and long term preservation should be considered.
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    • Deebee over 3 years ago
      I also agree more care is needed when the are pruned. I've watched the contractors slash away at them. There seems to be a few trees really struggling after the harsh pruning. Also the builders/contractors are damaging trees with the heavy machinery. The mature fruiting macadamia on Mars street where the black cockies would come to feed is really struggling after the villas were built on this block.
  • Scruffer over 3 years ago
    Yes.The canopy should expand within reserves such as the old Carlisle - Lathlain bowling club and particularly when proximate to residential areas. The canopy should also expand along our residential streets - which can be further facilitated by the progressive removal of overhead powerlines.I lived for many years in the dense inner city residential neighbourhoods of New York City. NYC summer temperatures hover around Perth summer temperatures, with the additional discomfort of very high humidity. Early city planners had the foresight to design and build vest pocket parks with large canopy trees throughout most NYC neighbourhoods and plant large canopy trees along all sides of each residential city block. If I look at my old neighbourhoods now on Google Earth, the dense canopies dominant the built structures. The cooling effect, even on a 40C evening with 90% humidity is extraordinary, and significantly diminishes the air conditioning load on the grid.
  • Narelle over 3 years ago
    Stop cutting them down would be a good start!!
  • Peter Melrosa over 3 years ago
    We need to drastically move toward increasing canopy cover as there is no protection for trees on private land and we are losing them at an alarming rate. The future for this town will be zero trees on private land - this is already evident in Carlisle.Given the rate and intensity of development, the town's street verges and parks will be the only places left for room to plant a tree in the very near future. So it has never been more important for local government's like ToVP to take this seriously.The focus should be on sections of the town that have undergone the most battleaxe development because from satellite imagery these places look like a terracotta desert - My first pick is Carlisle and parts of East Vic Park. However, I feel a lot of our major roads are also devoid of trees. We need to build a relationship with MRWA to assist us with this.The town also needs to secure more funding for underground power and a tangible commitment from the state government to ramp up the underground power program in this area. It's going at a snails pace and it is preventing our town from committing to planting proper canopy trees.A whole heap of bottle brush have recently gone in on street verges, they should have been donated to people in battleaxe developments instead. We need trees that grow between 15-20 metres on most of our streets, to shade the road from the sun. Bottle brush needs to be removed from the street tree plan.The objective of street trees needs to be made clear to residents - to form a canopy from one side to the other. Therefore, tree choice that does not meet this objective should not be supported. The trees will be around for much longer than any resident so we must make the tree and the objective of canopy coverage more important, for the greater good of the town's amenity.
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    • Admin Commented Fletch over 3 years ago
      Start up a lobby group to persuade the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to encourage low-rise developments with a smaller footprint to enable the retention of private property trees. The WAPC carries more weight with developers than local government.
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      • Narelle over 3 years ago
        That sounds like a much more efficient use of energy to me!
  • Dale over 3 years ago
    I'd like to see more consultation with residents regarding tree types. Long ago State Street had peppermint trees. These were ripped out and mainly replaced with a straggly stunted gum tree variety. This was probably done to reduce the cost of pruning under the power lines. The views of residents were not taken into account. These straggly gums provide little shade and drop oily nuts and flowers that stain the footpath. They don't look particularly good at any time of the year. Personally I would choose a deciduous variety such as a London Plane tree to provide shade in summer and let in the winter sun. My current verge tree was structurally ruined by power line pruning. However, now that we have underground power, that would not be a problem with new plantings. I understand that gum trees are a smart choice in rental sections of a street where the verge is sand and a tree has to be tough to survive the summer. On other section, where residents care for their own verge, why not give them a vote in the choice of tree? Especially where overhead power lines are not involved. After all, they are the ones who will have to live with that tree for the next however many years.
  • Eugenie over 3 years ago
    Definitely.City of Fremantle is currently considering adopting a policy that will make it more difficult to remove mature trees on private property. The Town should do same.We need an inventory of all land owned by the town and any impact on canopy cover is to be seriously considered before any disposal is considered. Currently we lose (parts of) reserves due to rezoning for residential or roads or footy ovals without properly considering impacts. Local.food production needs to become an important element. Re chosen species, natives are preferred, however impacts of climate change will need to be considered. People should be encouraged to plant trees on their verges. Quicker, less expensive and someone taking ownership. Council needs to remove red tape re verge plantings. Guidelines are in place, but applying for approval is too big an obstacle for most people and again, takes too long. If it's a nice day and you want to get started you should be able to. All streets to be assessed and increase street tree planting. Plant trees on every sump, including those owned by water corporation. Road reserves also. Soft landscaping to be encouraged. Town planning framework to change and take impact on green space seriously. Currently town only interested in street Scape but no consideration for tree removal if someone develops back yard. I work and consult in this area and would be happy to assist.
  • Rowena Skinner over 3 years ago
    Very much agree. I have been attending the evolve workshops and there is a strong consensus that we need more tree canopy. I have proposed the council need to increase their tree canopy from the current 17% to 40% over a period of years. The council need to set a clear achievable target and have a tree strategy to achieve this. I would suggest a working group including experts and community members to develop the plan. This would also require a commitment in the council budget. The main areas where the council could provide more trees are verges, the 90 or so sumps, Kent St. Sand Pit which is next to the Kensington Bushland, the old bowling club site on Bishopsgate St. It is not just numbers of trees but creating ecosystems that support habitat for wildlife. Plus consider a mature tree policy for developers and land owners to stop mature trees being chopped down similar to what Fremantle council is proposing. The council needs to consider also purchasing land that comes up for sale that has a lot of trees on to stop it being developed. There is a beautiful stand of trees behind a property on Miller/Hubert? st right next to a sump for example. I am not a tree expert but am very interested in being involved in a working group, have the time and energy to contribute.
  • Helen Brown over 3 years ago
    Yes, I definitely think the tree canopy should be improved. The benefits of trees in urban environment and the costs of removing trees are well-established. In a climate where extreme heat and exposure to UV rays are part and parcel of life, the last thing we should be doing is reducing tree canopy in our neighbourhoods. The potential conflict between higher urban densities and tree canopy must be managed through good urban design, incentives for retaining trees and disincentives for removing them. There should be a plan where all areas meet clear targets for canopy coverage. The issue of trees on private land needs to be addressed - a quick walk around the streets shows that trees rarely survive the development process. The next few decades will see more and more mature trees removed if we continue to do things the same way. At a time when we should be planning for a hotter climate, we seem to be doing the opposite. Increasing tree canopy while meeting targets for higher urban density time requires the Town, developers and the community to work together to develop a structured plan that ensures trees are considered every bit as important as other 'infrastructure' like footpaths, roads and sporting venues. The Town missed a real opportunity for this approach with the recent removal of mature trees at Lathlain Park.
  • Jane over 3 years ago
    Definitely need more trees. More street trees, more trees in carparks, parks etc
  • Carnaby over 3 years ago
    The Town of Victoria Park definitely needs to improve the tree canopy. People tend to forget that trees provide the oxygen we breathe. Many people complain about trees but they sure do like to park their cars under the shade of a tree in the middle of summer.The Town is currently allowing developers to carve up the larger blocks, removing mature trees without question. While there are many advantages to urban infill, policies need to be implemented to protect the existing trees. Many blocks in our street have been carved up, trees removed with the culprits then conveniently making their money and taking off to the leafy western suburbs for a 'better' school zone. I would like to see trees planted in the vacant sump land in the Town of Victoria Park.I was disgusted at the Towns complete disregard for the residents of Lathlain with regard to the redevelopment of Lathlain Park by the West Coast Eagles.
  • serene06 over 3 years ago
    The Town's tree canopy certainly needs to be maintained and improved. There are numerous areas requiring attention including the removal of large verge trees which provide significant canopy. On many occasions I have seen massive fig trees replaced by 'bottle brush' shrubs which certainly do not compare with the shade, health benefits, cooling effect or natural environment provided by the removed trees.In many instances the issue is not about providing more canopy cover - it is just as important to keep what we have, value what is already growing well and add trees where we can.
  • soozeee over 3 years ago
    Fore every tree removed it should be replaced at it's dollar value. For example the West Coast Eagles have removed approximately $1.2 million of trees from Lathlain Park. These will be replaced at a cost of $63,000. Not really replacement value. Tree offset planting does not replace the tree canopy loss. The tree study contract awarded in June should look at age of tree as well. Town of Vic Park needs to have a position on not removing trees over a certain age.
  • Greg Devereaux over 3 years ago
    There are 6 different tree varieties in my street and most of them provide problems.Roots breaking up footpaths and roadSmall filaments blocking my drains and filtersBranches interfering with footpaths
  • Geraldine Capp over 3 years ago
    The TOVP could plant more trees on Bishopsgate Street. I would really like information about the dying tree on my verge at 112c Bishopsgate Street. I would like to plant a second tree on my verge but I don't know what species to plant and when to plant. The soil is very poor and sandy.
  • MSRWood over 3 years ago
    Many of the existing street trees are inappropriate - some shed mini "gumnuts" all over the footpaths making it dangerous to walk. Others cannot cope with the WA climate. It is obviously impractical to replace them all at once, but any new trees should be West Australian natives, and should be fully assessed for suitability.
  • MSRWood over 3 years ago
    Many of the existing street trees are inappropriate