- Tuesday 17 November 2015
Are our trees and native vegetation important to you? Curious to know how council looks after these important natural assets?
Council has released a draft Tree and Native Vegetation Policy and has invited residents to have their say on how it manages trees on council-owned land.
As an added bonus, survey participants will go in the draw to win two nights stay in the trees at Treehouses Montville.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said trees and native vegetation on public land were vital to the environment and helped to make our region a vibrant place to live.
“Council strives to manage trees on council-owned land in a sustainable way, and public safety is always the top priority when trees are assessed,” Cr McKay said.
“The Draft Strategic Tree and Native Vegetation Policy is an important guide that helps us to manage and enhance the region’s natural assets.
“A ‘no nett’ loss to the tree population over time, meaning if trees do have to be removed they will be offset with new ones, is an important part of the policy.
“It’s also important for the right trees to be planted in the right place to ensure their longevity and that of surrounding infrastructure.
“Monitoring and maintaining trees and vegetation in the right way helps council achieve its goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region and helps preserve the unique character of our communities for current and future generations.”
Key activities outlined in the policy include:
- tree inspection and maintenance
- tree removal and offsets
- tree planting
- new works and protection of existing trees
- unauthorised interference with vegetation, which is managed in accordance with the relevant local laws and legislation.
Visit council’s website to have your say on the proposed policy.
Submissions close on December 15. Hard copies of the policy are also available in Council’s customer contact centres and libraries.