Urban Forest Strategy Implementation Action Plan endorsed

Published on 20 September 2019

Woman and girl sitting in park under trees

The Town of Victoria Park Council has endorsed the Urban Forest Strategy Implementation Action Plan (IAP) at its September Ordinary Council meeting.

In 2018 the Town, in partnership with the community, developed its Urban Forest Strategy (UFS). The aim of the strategy is to achieve 20% tree canopy coverage, contribute to the health and well-being of the community and a sustainable, liveable Town.

The IAP has been developed by the Transition to Implementation Working Group to set out the actions and tasks the Town and community are to undertake to achieve the UFS’ strategic outcomes.

The plan sets out the next five years for action, and will inform the Town’s annual budget, operational tasks and include reporting measures.

There are six key strategic outcomes from the IAP:

  • Plant and protect sufficient trees by 2020 to ultimately achieve a 20% canopy target.
  • Maximise community involvement and collaboration.
  • Increase tree diversity whist favouring local endemic and West Australian species (where appropriate) that also support wildlife.
  • Maintain high standard of tree health.
  • Improve soil and water quality.
  • Improve the urban ecosystem.

The IAP also proposes to establish a volunteer urban foresters network that can be mobilised for a mass-planting and stewardship program.

“I’m pleased to have an endorsed plan the Town can now use to work towards our urban forest goals,” said Mayor Trevor Vaughan.

“Although 20% canopy coverage by 2020 is quite ambitious, it gives us a clear direction of what we want to achieve with our strategy.”

“The benefits of trees and a greener urban environment are well known, so I encourage everyone to have a read, get involved and plant a tree.”

Before the endorsement of the IAP, the Town implemented some UFS ‘quick-wins’ which involved 10 tree and shrub planting projects, which added 601 trees and over 5,300 shrubs around the Town.