SHIRE of Serpentine Jarrahdale is calling for public input into a bold new strategy to create more sustainable future neighbourhoods.
The Urban Forest Strategy is a framework for managing and protecting native flora, promoting the creation of cool, shady suburbs.
Shire President Michelle Rich said the strategy was aimed at promoting the economic, environmental and social benefits of tree canopy cover.
“Something our residents value most about living in the Shire is their connection with nature and this strategy will provide a clear direction as to how we maintain and enhance that connection in the future,” she said.
“In many Perth suburbs, large trees are being cut down at an alarming rate and we’re determined to prevent this happening in the Shire by retaining healthy trees where it is safe and appropriate to do so.
“There are obvious benefits to tree cover such as providing shade, reducing air temperature and controlling storm water flow, however there are also economic benefits like reducing energy costs and increasing property values.”
A draft strategy is expected to be released in May.
Residents who wish to provide feedback on the strategy can do so by visiting the website www.sjshire.wa.gov.au/your-say/urban-forest-strategy/ or attending one of two planned workshops.
The first community workshop covering values and opportunities will be held on February 27 at 6.30pm in Byford Central Hall.
A second workshop examining concepts and options set for April 11 (location TBD). To register visit http://www.sjshire.wa.gov.au/your-say/urban-forest-strategy/.