Public opinions invited on future tree strategy

March 1, 2017 by  

Richmond residents are being called upon to provide feedback about trees to assist Yarra City Council with the development of an Urban Forest Strategy.

Mayor of Yarra Cr. Amanda Stone said input was invited from residents throughout the City as Council implements a strategy to put trees, the important role they play within the city and their future management, under the microscope.

Trees, she said, are among the area’s most valuable assets and, as such, provide a host of environmental, economic and social benefits to the community.

Often featured in local promotional materials such as brochures and postcards, trees add character and beauty to parks and streets while also making Yarra a more pleasant and healthier place to live, she added.

The Mayor said that, among their many qualities, trees provide relief during hot weather, offer a habitat to be enjoyed by wildlife and birds, and also improve the quality of air, and that dense, urban environments where asphalt and concrete absorb the heat such as Yarra relied on trees to help cool the air.

Cr. Stone said the Urban Forest Strategy will determine ways for the best management of local trees to ensure they provide natural cooling and shade during times of hot weather.

She said community feedback together with heat mapping and data on Yarra trees will assist in the development of a draft Urban Forest Strategy for the area.

The deadline for public feedback is next Monday, March 6.