Greening the City of Vincent

From left: City of Vincent Deputy Mayor Warren McGrath and Mayor Alannah MacTiernan on Charles Street [NAMES OK]
From left: City of Vincent Deputy Mayor Warren McGrath and Mayor Alannah MacTiernan on Charles Street [NAMES OK]

City of Vincent council backed the newest greening works at a recent meeting.

Mayor Alannah MacTiernan said native trees would be planted along Charles Street, between Scarborough Beach Road and Green Street, with apple gums planned for Brady Street.

Larger median islands at the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Powis Street will also host native species.

The City is aiming to plant on a Scarborough Beach Road dry reserve near Brady and Main streets and dedicate it as public open space.

Claisebrook Road will see additional jacaranda trees, new parking bays, modified drainage and remedial road works to encourage a ‘boulevard’ rather than a truck route.

‘So over and above our normal planting program, it’s an additional $100,000 to be spent on planting primarily in very busy streets,’ MsMacTiernan said.

‘What we are trying to do is humanise some of the streets that are traffic sewers to make them more attractive spaces and we are also trying to reduce the (urban) heat island effect.

‘We are losing a lot of trees as people are building bigger and bigger houses on small blocks and there are so many units going up that we are losing a lot of the private trees. So we figure in order to reduce the heat island effect which is created when you have more concreted surfaces, we need to plant more trees.’