The Future Looks Green for Melville

From Monday, 10 October 2016 the City of Melville community is invited to join the conversation at www.melvilletalks.com.au/urbanforest on the City’s Urban Forest and Green Space Policy, adopted by Council in September 2016.

The Policy together with feedback from the community will feed into the development on an Urban Forest Strategy which will realise the benefits of trees and other vegetation as an integral element of the urban environment.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey emphasised the importance of trees as urban assets which provide many benefits for the community including economic, environmental and social.

“The development of an Urban Forest Strategy will serve to protect, preserve and enhance the aesthetic character of the City of Melville,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“Encouraging a sense of shared responsibility for environmental conservation initiatives, such as   encouraging native vegetation, carbon reduction and ensuring equal distribution of the costs and benefits associated with being a greener City are an important aspect to this project.

“Community participation will help the City to set out priorities and how they can be achieved with a long term goal of ensuring urban forests and green spaces remain integral to the City’s sense of place, and are not compromised in the face of increased urban residential density.

Along with feedback through Melville Talks, the next step towards developing the Strategy will see a community reference group and an online survey, together with an inventory of the City’s trees located across the parks, gardens and streets within the City of Melville.

For more information or to take part in the conversation on the City’s Urban Forest Strategy, visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/urbanforest or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.