Residents invited to comment on new Urban Forest Strategy

Submissions are being taken to help shape the Shire’s first Urban Forest Strategy...

12 February 2018
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Bushland

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is calling for public input into a bold new strategy to create cleaner, greener and more sustainable future neighbourhoods.

Submissions are being taken to help shape the Shire’s first Urban Forest Strategy – a framework for managing, protecting and retaining trees and native flora. The strategy promotes the creation of cool, shady, liveable suburbs where healthy, mature trees are retained and new ones are planted.

Residents can have their say online via the Shire’s website, or by attending public workshops on February 27 and April 11.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the Urban Forest Strategy was a progressive move aimed at promoting the economic, environmental and social benefits of tree canopy cover.

“Something our residents value most about living in the Shire is their connection with nature and this strategy will provide a clear direction as to how we maintain and enhance that connection in the future,” Cr Rich said.

“In many Perth suburbs, large trees are being cut down at an alarming rate due to in-fill development. We’re determined to prevent this happening in the Shire by retaining healthy trees where it is safe and appropriate to do so. Obviously any unhealthy trees that pose a risk to public safety will still be removed if required, in line with current practice.

“There are obvious benefits to tree cover such as providing shade, reducing air temperature and controlling storm water flow. However, there are also economic benefits like reducing energy costs and increasing property values. Several studies have shown that trees and greenspace promotes overall mental wellbeing.

“We’re serious about our commitment to responsible environmental management and this strategy reflects this. This is a collaborative strategy and we’d like to invite all residents to have their say on how it should be developed.”

The Urban Forest Strategy will also address planning requirements governing the removal of established trees and native plants from private and public land.

Residents who wish to contribute, share their thoughts or learn more about the Urban Forest Strategy can do so by visiting our website.

The first community workshop covering values and opportunities will be held on Tuesday, February 27 at 6.30pm at Byford Central Hall. A second workshop examining concepts and options is set down for April 11 (time and location TBC).

A draft Urban Forest Strategy is expected to be released in May 2018.