City of Stirling steps up tree protection measures

City of Stirling steps up tree protection measures

THE City of Stirling has stepped up its tree protection measures to stop trees on private property being cleared.

Amendment 9, which was passed on Tuesday night, will give the City power to impose conditions on planning approvals to retain trees or plant replacement trees on-site or nearby.

The clause will also require applicants to pay the cost of providing trees on road verges where none exist.

It will also encourage the retention of existing significant trees on developments valued over $100,000.

The public feedback for the amendment was generally positive with 12 supporting the proposal out of 26 submissions.

Councillors voted to forward the planning scheme to WA Planning Commission for approval and Planning Minister for approval.

Key tree canopy loss facts and figures:

18 per cent – the tree canopy target by 2030 set by Council for the City

9.4 per cent – the existing canopy cover on residential land in 2015

5.2 per cent – the projected canopy cover on residential land by 2030 if nothing changes

12.4 per cent – the projected canopy cover across the City by 2030 if nothing changes

58,000 – the number of trees that could be lost across the City by 2030 if nothing

changes

105,000 – the number of trees required to be planted by the City on verges between 2015 and 2030 in effort to reach the 18 per cent canopy target; and

$51.6 million – the estimated amount of money that would need to be spent by 2030 to replace tree canopy lost on residential land at the current rate.