Victoria Park community has say on Town’s urban forest strategy


Vic Park Collective member Dave Lindner and Vic Park Urban Tree Network member Heather Johnstone with one of the models during a workshop.
Vic Park Collective member Dave Lindner and Vic Park Urban Tree Network member Heather Johnstone with one of the models during a workshop.

THE community has had its say on an urban forest strategy in the Town of Victoria Park after a series of workshops were held during October and November.

The Vic Park Collective and the Vic Park Urban Tree Network ran the workshops after the council sought groups to deliver the strategy.

A total of 89 people attended the events, which included an industrial workshop, commercial workshop, kids’ workshop and two residential workshops.

Vic Park Urban Tree Network member and Urban Forest Strategy group member Heather Johnstone said they received positive feedback from the community during the workshop.

“We had models of the Town of Victoria Park and we ran through a number of exercises, including picking out priority areas and looking at the Town’s budget for trees,” she said.

“Some of the areas that were identified as needing a bigger tree canopy were Albany Highway near the Park Centre, along the river, the sandpit near Kensington Bushland and along the railway line near Oats Street.”

Mrs Johnstone said the data from the workshops would be analysed and a list of recommendations would go to council next year, likely in April.

The Australian Urban Design Research Centre provided models for the workshops.

Centre assistant professor Anthony Duckworth-Smith said the models allowed participants to more around the pieces and explore different outcomes.

“The workshops were held in a good spirit, everyone was engaged and it’s a credit to them,” he said.

“I’m hopeful that some novel ways of increasing canopy coverage in the Town have been revealed.”

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