MELVILLE councillors have voted unanimously to advertise the first part of the City’s urban forest strategic plan, which deals with City-controlled land, for public comment.
The plan calls for the creation of an extensive database of street trees and carries a commitment to maintaining at least the current level of canopy and understorey cover within the City.
Mayor Russell Aubrey said the draft plan was an important step towards preserving, enhancing and managing the City’s trees.
Melville has about 80,000 trees across City-controlled land.
“With statistics confirming that average winter rainfall in Perth has decreased over 17 per cent since the 1970s and average annual temperatures have increased, demand for public green spaces and trees is growing in line with population increase – this plan will help us work towards addressing these concerns,” Mr Aubrey said.
The plan recommends doubling the number of juvenile street trees the City of Melville plants from 600 to 1200 this year and increasing that to 1500 in 2019.
It also advocates increasing tube-stock planting in natural areas from 2000 to 5000 per year over the next five years.
The draft Urban Forest Strategic Plan – Part A will be available for viewing and public comments until June 16 at www.melvilletalks.com.au/urbanforest.