Curtain Square Community Advisory Committee
In late 2010, Council established a community advisory committee to help it map out the best approach for managing the welfare of trees and possums in North Carlton’s Curtain Square.
The Committee recommended a series of actions which were considered by Council in July 2011. The recommended actions included: restricting the fertility of the possums, bringing in a local law to ban public feeding of possums, and introducing extra measures such as banding and mulching to protect the trees.
Here is more information on what was proposed, and the background on this issue.
Community feedback on the proposed trial was sought during July and August 2011. The feedback was presented to Council's September meeting. At that meeting, Council decided to proceed with the two-year trial.
Council sought expressions of interest from the community to join this committee in October and November 2010.
Here is the Committee's Terms of Reference (36.26kB)
The following people were appointed to the Committee:
Jason Edwards (North Carlton resident)
Michael Wheelahan (North Carlton resident)
Marcus Coghlan (North Carlton resident)
Tony Lee (North Carlton resident)
Rheya Linden (Animal Active)
Mary Kenneally (The 3068 Group)
Adriana Simmonds (Wildlife Victoria)
Jo Grigg (Friends of the Elms)
John Patrick (Arborist)
Jake Urlus (Ecology Australia)
Three Yarra Councillors, and four Council staff representatives with expertise in tree health, the management of open spaces and infrastructure, were also part of the committee.
The CSCAC met several times between February 2011 and April 2011.
Coordinator Open Space
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