Brimbank City Council has outlined its intention to increase the City’s tree canopy coverage from 6.2 per cent to 30 per cent over the next 30 years in its Draft Urban Forest Strategy 2015 – 2045.
The draft strategy, which was endorsed for community consultation last week, will ultimately be used to guide the future greening of Brimbank.
The draft strategy proposes to:
- Increase canopy cover to 30 per cent to reduce urban heat island effects
- Maximise carbon sequestration through green infrastructure
- Protect existing trees through planning and enforcement
- Decrease the amount of impervious surfaces to reduce urban heat island effects
- Integrate grasslands with open space
- Improve water quality through the use of water sensitive urban design
- Encourage trees to be planted on private property and
- Create understanding and positive community attitudes towards the Brimbank Urban Forest
The Draft Urban Forest Strategy expands on Brimbank’s endorsement of Greening the West and provides a strategic framework for improved liveability through urban greening in Brimbank.
Community members will have the opportunity to provide their feedback on the Draft Urban Forest Strategy throughout November. Visit Brimbank City Council for more information.