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Council branches out to develop Yarra’s first Urban Forest Strategy

07 February 2017

Yarra City Council is talking to the community about trees to develop Yarra’s first Urban Forest Strategy.

The strategy will consider the important role trees play for the city and how Council can manage them into the future.

Yarra Mayor Cr Amanda Stone said trees are among Yarra’s most valuable assets and provide a range of social, economic and environmental benefits to the community.

“Trees not only add beauty and character to our streets, but also work quietly behind the scenes to make Yarra a healthier and more pleasant place to live,” Cr Stone said.

“Trees improve our air quality, provide a habitat for birds and wildlife and, most importantly, provide relief to the city during heatwaves,” she said.  

“This function is critical in dense, urban environments like Yarra, where concrete and asphalt absorb the heat during the day and radiate it back into the air at night, causing the city’s temperature to rise.

“Leafy suburbs can be two to three degrees cooler than suburbs with few trees.

“Our Urban Forest Strategy will examine how we can best manage our trees so they provide the greatest shade and natural cooling when the weather is hot,” Cr Stone said.

Before writing the strategy, Council is keen to understand the community’s views about trees, including what they value and what they find concerning.

“We know our community has a special relationship to trees, whether it be the grand old oaks in Edinburgh Gardens, or the newly-planted natives in residential streets,” Cr Stone said. 

“We also know these experiences aren’t always positive, so we encourage everyone to have their say to ensure our strategy reflects our community’s views and values,” she said.   

Community feedback, along with data collected about Yarra trees and heat mapping will be used to develop a draft Urban Forest Strategy.

This will form a basis for more detailed tree planting plans that will be implemented - and consulted on - at a neighbourhood level. 

Have your say at before 6 March, or look out for the project team who will be out and about at a range of community events in February.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Brooke Colbert
Manager – Communications Advocacy, Engagement and Media
0409 267 439 



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