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Urban and Rural Forest Strategy 2018-2028

Read more about the Shire's strategy to provide healthy and liveable communities.

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Bushland

Community vision for cleaner, greener suburbs a step closer

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has taken a significant step towards cleaner, greener and more sustainable future neighbourhoods following the adoption of its first Urban and Rural Forest Strategy.

Developed in consultation with residents, the strategy was endorsed by Council in September 2018, and promotes cool, shady and liveable suburbs where healthy trees are retained and new ones planted.

Specifically, the Strategy seeks to:

  • Retain current level of canopy cover, and increase where possible
  • Maintain the rural character of the Shire
  • Increase community support for trees
  • Enhance community wellbeing and health
  • Promote environmental sustainability

The Urban and Rural Forest Strategy formalises the Shire’s commitment to managing, protecting and retaining trees and native flora. The Strategy will guide the Shire in its vision to create and maintain cool, healthy and liveable communities which integrate the natural environment and reflect the Shire’s unique sense of place and identity.

What is an Urban and Rural Forest Strategy?

The Urban and Rural Forest includes trees and other plants in urban and rural areas. An Urban and Rural Forest Strategy provides a pathway for achieving and managing the Shire’s trees and other plants for the benefit of the entire community. While other Perth local governments have prepared strategies that address only urban areas, the Shire of Serpentine Jarradale’s Strategy has been prepared to reflect its unique combination of urban and rural communities.

There are many economic, environmental and social benefits to tree canopy cover. Trees are an important natural asset that provide shade, reduce air temperature and control storm water flow. They also offer economic value by helping reduce energy costs and increasing property values. Studies have also shown green space to have a positive impact on mental health.

How has the community been involved?

The Shire hosted an online community survey and held two community consultation workshops in February and April 2018 to receive your comments and ideas on the values, issues, opportunities and options for the creation of the Shire's Urban and Rural Forest. The Shire also sought public comment on the draft version of the Strategy until 23 July 2018. 

Thank you to everyone in the Shire who participated. Your input has helped to develop this Strategy, so it reflects how the community values its trees.

Download the Urban and Rural Forest Strategy Summary Sheet here:

 

Download the full Urban and Rural Forest Strategy here: