Urban Forest

The Banyule community has inherited an urban forest that has been shaped by many influences both natural and human. It has been shaped by generations of land use, urban development, design and public policy.

Over the past six months we have been working with the community to develop a new Urban Forest Strategy. The actions arising from this new Strategy will continue to shape the urban forest in a way that enhances and protects it for future generations.

Our community has clearly set the future direction by drafting a long term Community Vision that sets out the plan for Banyule's environment. With the new Urban Forest Strategy, we will focus our efforts on the actions needed over the next ten years so that by 2032, we are on our way to achieving that vision.

Actions taken today will influence the state of the urban forest, and long-lived trees in particular, at the end of the century.

Engagement

A Community Engagement Information Pack has been prepared to assist the Community Reference Group (CRG), the Banyule Environment and Climate Action Advisory Committee, community and staff to understand the context for the Strategy and provide an overview of the current state of the Urban Forest. This information pack has been created to help you participate more effectively in the development of the new Banyule Urban Forest Strategy, which will be released in 2022. Check it out!

We engaged with stakeholders to draft six strategic areas for the 2022 Urban Forest Strategy as well as a number of major actions:

Draft Strategy Areas

Strategy 1: Prioritise urban forest improvements in the most vulnerable suburbs and places across Banyule
Strategy 2: Plant a range of vegetation to complement trees to improve biodiversity and habitat
Strategy 3: Manage the urban forest across public and private land for resilience to climate change
Strategy 4: Take a long-term approach to Urban Forest management
Strategy 5: Build community partnership with council to protect and enhance the urban forest
Strategy 6: Integrate the urban forest principles into all parts of Council services

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Background

Urban Forest Strategy

Banyule City Council recognises the importance of green landscapes and the contribution they make to building a municipality as a preferred place to live, work and visit. Council is also committed to protecting, enhancing and managing our urban forest into the future.

Community expectations on environmental issues have also changed and a revision of the Urban Forest Strategic Plan (2015) is required to provide further direction on private and public land. The actions we put into place now will benefit our future environment and community.

In 2021, a street tree audit was conducted and registered approximately 70,000 existing street trees, their condition, life expectancy, and height. Preliminary analysis of the data indicates that there is potential to plant around 13,500 trees in road reserves across Banyule.

The Urban Forest Strategy will allow us to plan, manage and maintain one of Banyule’s highest valued assets - its urban forest - for the next 10 years. It will help facilitate the expansion of the urban forest and strengthen the benefits that our population of trees and plants provides.

The Strategy will also guide our Tree Planting Program, Street Tree Renewal Program and overall tree management in Banyule. It will also allow for further analysis to address future outcomes and actions.

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Stage 1 Engagement