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Across both public and private land, pressures on the Town’s urban forest are increasingly apparent.
The rate of urban deforestation across Perth has been rapid and the loss of urban tree canopy is having both a direct and indirect impact upon the quality of health and amenity enjoyed by residents.
In 2016, the Town of Victoria Park had a canopy cover of 10% of land area - one of the lowest in Perth and significantly less than is required for a healthy urban environment.
Community concerns about this trend resulted in the development of the Town’s first Urban Forest Strategy (UFS).
The UFS is a community-initiated and driven process - endorsed by Council in September 2018 - which identified the need to expand and better manage trees within the Town - both on public and private land.
Together with a Working Group, the Strategy was then translated into an Implementation Action Plan (IAP) 2019 - 2024 - setting out how the Town and the community will work together and implement actions to deliver a target of increasing the Town’s tree canopy cover from 10% to 20%.
The Council has allocated $1 million from the 2019/20 Annual Budget to implement the Urban Forest Strategy.
Read the Urban Forest Strategy online or download a copy.
The IAP sets out actions and tasks that the Town and community can work on together to achieve the UFS’ strategic outcomes.Read the IAP online or download a copy.
For all of us to enjoy the positive benefits of an urban forest, we need to work together. There are many ways to get involved, with different levels of commitment to suit.
We appreciate the support of our voluntary Implementation Working Group - who are members of our community.Find out who they are and let's thank them for their contribution to our Town's urban forest.
Find out about the many inspirational urban forest stories or projects that are happening or have been implemented to make our Town a healthier and happier place to live in.
Trees contribute to a healthier and happier community and a stronger, more sustainable natural environment for everyone to enjoy today and into the future. Find out the many benefits of trees for our Town.
The Town and UFS Working Group have identified the challenges we face in achieving our 20% tree canopy cover target. Together, we will work to play an advocacy and/or policy role to address these challenges.
Find out how our urban forest officers are helping to deliver our urban forest goals safely and innovatively.
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Victoria Park WA
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Victoria Park WA 6979
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