Town of Victoria Park residents invited to have input into urban forest strategy


The community is being invited to have their input into an urban forest strategy.
The community is being invited to have their input into an urban forest strategy.

THE community is being invited to have input into an urban forest strategy for the Town of Victoria Park to increase the tree canopy and vegetation around the area.

The Victoria Park Collective and Victoria Park Urban Tree Network are running a series of workshops after the council sought groups to deliver the strategy earlier this year.

An industrial workshop is being held on Monday, October 23 while commercial businesses in town will also have their own hands-on workshops, with models designed and constructed by the Australian Urban design Resource Centre as will residents, with two workshops scheduled for them.

Victoria Park Urban Tree Network member Heather Johnstone said the highlight of the series would be a workshop for kids aged 8 to 16, which would be facilitated by Millennium Kids.

“Trees reduce temperatures, filter particulates, reduce storm water run off, protect homes from wind gust and provide habitat for wildlife,” she said.

“It’s too important an asset, and this is your chance to have a say on how we manage it.”

The work to develop and write the Urban Forest strategy has been done by volunteers, with the whole budget allocated from the Town spent on research, online content, documentation, as well as consultation and collaboration with stakeholders.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the council acknowledged the importance placed by the community on increasing the tree canopy and vegetation around the Town.

“We are looking forward to seeing what comes out of this process and having the Urban Forest Strategy in place,” he said.

Commercial workshop: Wednesday, November 1 from 6.pm to 8.30pm at The Balmoral Hotel.

First residential workshop: Sunday, October 29 from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Town of Victoria Park’s function room.

Second residential workshop: Sunday November 5 from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Town of Victoria Park’s function room.

Kids workshop: Monday, November 20 from 9am to 3pm at the Town of Victoria Park’s function room.

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