Goal 3: Management

about 1 year ago
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The objective of management is to progress with quality management practices in area of arboriculture and environmental conservation. To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

  1. Ensure there is provision of sufficient and appropriately qualified staff to deliver on the strategy
  2. Review arboriculture and environmental practices on a regular basis
  3. Provide an annual training program to maintain the required skills and practices
  4. Maintain the trees database in Asset Finda and retain accessibility on both the City’s intranet and internet sites through IntraMaps, https://www.nedlands.wa.gov.au/planning/mapping

What are your thoughts on these actions?
Relates to Relates to document: Urban Forest Strategy 2018-2023

Consultation has concluded

  • TreeDR about 1 year ago
    Arboriculture is focused on the management of individual trees. I suggest this objective should also be expanded out to include urban forestry and this broader view and focus is essential when considering the best approach to the management of the City's urban forest. Some additional thoughts:1. Ensure there is provision of sufficient and appropriately qualified staff to deliver on the strategy. Thoughts: Can the City please explain what they consider to be 'sufficient' staff. Does this refer to the number of staff..or the range of staff with particular expertise required to deliver? What staff currently exist to deliver and what is their expertise and qualifications? Do any of the staff have formal qualifications in arboriculture, urban forestry, or environmental science? 2. Review arboriculture and environmental practices on a regular basis. Thoughts: Can the City be more specific? Is this referring to a review of internal practices or Australian industry practices or international practices? What will a review comprise and what is considered 'a regular basis'. Once this review is undertaken what actions will take place? Arboricultural training within Australia and particularly in Western Australia is limited. It is therefore very important that the City engage experts in the field and learn from national and international experts to continue to build the knowledge and capabilities of the City's staff. 3. Provide an annual training program to maintain the required skills and practices. Thoughts: Can you please be more specific? Training in what fields? Training in arboriculture could refer to pruning but there are many other areas of tree health and risk management that require ongoing training. This could include formal training in tree risk assessment, training in dieback and pathogen management, training in tree planting etc. It is also important to determine what will be the 'required skills and practices'. 4. Maintain the trees database in Asset Finda and retain accessibility on both the City’s intranet and internet sites through IntraMaps. Thoughts: Can you please be more specific about the term 'maintain'? Is Asset Finda the system used to update changes to trees? How often is it updated? It is in real-time or near real-time? How often are tree attributes updated throughout the City? Will their be a program to also include private trees? Is the airborne image data linked to the tree database?
  • S Male about 1 year ago
    The value of extensive planning and design is lost if residents and City staff ignore it. Management should include proactively enforcing expected practices, especially where safety hazards are introduced by breaches. In Nedlands residents have planted trees and undertaken landscaping on their verges that is not consistent with the basic principle that members of the public should be able to use the streets and verges safely. Verges along Florence Rd between the shops and Edward St have been landscaped to force pedestrians onto the road. Trees and landscaping on Thomas St near Stirling Highway similarly force pedestrians onto the road. Landscaping on Edward St near Tresillian is uneven and therefore it is unsafe for Tresillian patrons carrying their equipment to stand on the verge as they load and unload their vehicles. Consequently theystand on the roadside of their vehicles to load and unload, where it can be difficult for drivers to see them at sunset. Landscaping on verges on Edward St includes low-hanging trees and bushes that block visibility for drivers trying to see cyclists at intersections. These examples demonstrate that the Management goals should include enforcing the plans. The Management plan should not depend on community members complaining about breaches before City will enforce expectations.