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

by Evolve,
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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?

Consultation has concluded

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