- Tuesday 14 April 2015
Residents are invited to have their say on how Council manages trees and native vegetation on public land.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Draft Strategic Tree and Native Vegetation Policy would guide Council in managing and enhancing the region’s natural assets.
“Trees perform vital environmental functions and help make our region a vibrant place to live,” Cr McKay said.
“Council strives to manage trees on council-owned land in a sustainable way, and public safety is always the top priority when trees are assessed.
“A key aspect of this policy is ‘no nett loss to the tree population over time’ – that means if trees do have to be removed, they will be offset with new ones.
“It’s also important for the right trees to be planted in the right place, so as to ensure their longevity and that of surrounding infrastructure.
“Monitoring and maintaining trees and vegetation in the right way helps Council achieve its goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region and helps preserve the unique character of our communities for current and future generations.”
Key activities outlined in the policy include:
- tree inspection and maintenance
- tree removal and offsets
- tree planting
- new works and protection of existing trees
- unauthorised interference with vegetation, which is managed in accordance with the relevant local laws and legislation.
Visit Council’s website to have your say on the proposed policy from April 15-May 15. Hard copies of the policy are also available in Council’s customer contact centres and libraries.