Draft Urban Forest Strategy 2018-2023

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Do you have an interest in the green spaces, trees and other vegetation in the City? If so, we would like to hear from you!

The City has developed a draft Urban Forest Strategy for the years 2018-2023 in response to the priorities set in the Strategic Community Plan, Nedlands 2028 identifying the issues facing these areas in the future. The purpose of the strategy is to respond to changing weather patterns, water shortages, ground water availability, reducing tree canopy and the quality of infrastructure to support this environment.

The strategy primarily addresses public land and only monitors the condition of trees on private land. It provides guidance on ensuring that the City can achieve the tree canopy cover target which will result in increased shade to reduce the surface temperature and achieve increased social, environmental and economic benefits that enrich the quality of our City.


How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

To participate, please register by clicking on the 'Register to get involved' tab at the top of this page. Once you have registered, please visit the document library, read the strategy document.

  • The engagement activities have closed for this project, however you can still ask questions of the City by using the question tool and we will respond.
Please note that all feedback is assessed regardless of the tool that is used. It is advisable to provide your feedback using the tool that best suits your needs. Multiple submissions by an individual is assessed as one submission. All feedback received via email and by letter will also be placed on this engagement page.

Feedback and updates will occur by the News Feed on this engagement page.


Do you have an interest in the green spaces, trees and other vegetation in the City? If so, we would like to hear from you!

The City has developed a draft Urban Forest Strategy for the years 2018-2023 in response to the priorities set in the Strategic Community Plan, Nedlands 2028 identifying the issues facing these areas in the future. The purpose of the strategy is to respond to changing weather patterns, water shortages, ground water availability, reducing tree canopy and the quality of infrastructure to support this environment.

The strategy primarily addresses public land and only monitors the condition of trees on private land. It provides guidance on ensuring that the City can achieve the tree canopy cover target which will result in increased shade to reduce the surface temperature and achieve increased social, environmental and economic benefits that enrich the quality of our City.


How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

To participate, please register by clicking on the 'Register to get involved' tab at the top of this page. Once you have registered, please visit the document library, read the strategy document.

  • The engagement activities have closed for this project, however you can still ask questions of the City by using the question tool and we will respond.
Please note that all feedback is assessed regardless of the tool that is used. It is advisable to provide your feedback using the tool that best suits your needs. Multiple submissions by an individual is assessed as one submission. All feedback received via email and by letter will also be placed on this engagement page.

Feedback and updates will occur by the News Feed on this engagement page.


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    The Vision of the Strategy, is by the year 2023 the City of Nedlands will have:

    • Increased its potential urban canopy by 10% towards the eventual target of 20% by 2028
    • Replaced all deceased public trees (road reserves and public open space)
    • Provided street trees to all residents and ratepayers that have requested them
    • Provided infill street trees to all road rehabilitation projects
    • Been recognised for our quality customer service with respect to trees in the public domain
    • Reported regularly to Council and the community on the progress of the urban forest strategy
    • ...

    The Vision of the Strategy, is by the year 2023 the City of Nedlands will have:

    • Increased its potential urban canopy by 10% towards the eventual target of 20% by 2028
    • Replaced all deceased public trees (road reserves and public open space)
    • Provided street trees to all residents and ratepayers that have requested them
    • Provided infill street trees to all road rehabilitation projects
    • Been recognised for our quality customer service with respect to trees in the public domain
    • Reported regularly to Council and the community on the progress of the urban forest strategy
    • Delivered on greenway and bushland management plans
    • Progressed with the development of Enviro-scape Master Plans (EMP) for all public parks and reserves.
    What are your thoughts on the vision targets for the City?
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    The objective of the urban canopy is to increase the cover of the urban canopy to 20 per cent greater than the 2017 audit (see FAQs for heat maps of canopy). To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Replace all deceased public trees in road reserves and public open space (public domain) as first priority
    2. Provide new street trees on demand as second priority
    3. Provide infill winter street tree planting to all road rehabilitation projects and EMP projects as third priority
    4. Ensure there is a nett increase in the number of public trees each year
    5. ...

    The objective of the urban canopy is to increase the cover of the urban canopy to 20 per cent greater than the 2017 audit (see FAQs for heat maps of canopy). To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Replace all deceased public trees in road reserves and public open space (public domain) as first priority
    2. Provide new street trees on demand as second priority
    3. Provide infill winter street tree planting to all road rehabilitation projects and EMP projects as third priority
    4. Ensure there is a nett increase in the number of public trees each year
    5. Maintain planting targets in greenway and bushland management plans

    What are your thoughts on these actions?
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    The objective of  environmental science is to support the operational activities with science-based decisions. To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Work with UWA developing strategies for improving the condition of the City’s tree stock and the aquifer
    2. Source updates of the CSIRO infra-red aerial photography demonstrating canopy growth when available
    3. Develop a plant pathogen management plan
    4. Expand and formalise the tree health management program
    5. Work with Arbor Carbon with respect to native tree health

    What are your thoughts on these actions?

    The objective of  environmental science is to support the operational activities with science-based decisions. To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Work with UWA developing strategies for improving the condition of the City’s tree stock and the aquifer
    2. Source updates of the CSIRO infra-red aerial photography demonstrating canopy growth when available
    3. Develop a plant pathogen management plan
    4. Expand and formalise the tree health management program
    5. Work with Arbor Carbon with respect to native tree health

    What are your thoughts on these actions?
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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?

    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?
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    The objective of planning and reporting is to develop and maintain documented plans for the maintenance of trees in all public open space. To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Maintain and update all policies, procedures and plans relative to public trees
    2. Provide an annual plan and report demonstrating the increase in numbers of public trees
    3. Provide a monthly report in the CEO’s Update on the progress of street tree removal and replacement
    4. Identify the trees in the private and the public domain on the CSIRO infra-red aerial photography to provide for separate reporting
    5. ...

    The objective of planning and reporting is to develop and maintain documented plans for the maintenance of trees in all public open space. To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Maintain and update all policies, procedures and plans relative to public trees
    2. Provide an annual plan and report demonstrating the increase in numbers of public trees
    3. Provide a monthly report in the CEO’s Update on the progress of street tree removal and replacement
    4. Identify the trees in the private and the public domain on the CSIRO infra-red aerial photography to provide for separate reporting


    What are your thoughts on these actions?
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    The objective of customers is to improve engagement with our customers. To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Work closely with Friends of Groups (FoG) in the bushland projects including development of FoG Agreements
    2. Update City website and Your Voice Nedlands (community engagement hub) to facilitate communication and engagement
    3. Ensure customer service officers are trained to respond to public tree questions
    4. Provide a site visit service for any queries regarding public trees


    What are your thoughts on these actions?


    The objective of customers is to improve engagement with our customers. To achieve this, the following actions are proposed:

    1. Work closely with Friends of Groups (FoG) in the bushland projects including development of FoG Agreements
    2. Update City website and Your Voice Nedlands (community engagement hub) to facilitate communication and engagement
    3. Ensure customer service officers are trained to respond to public tree questions
    4. Provide a site visit service for any queries regarding public trees


    What are your thoughts on these actions?


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