Council endorses Tree Canopy Strategy

Published on 04 June 2024

River Street in Healesville (2020)

Councillors have unanimously endorsed a new Tree Canopy Strategy and Implementation Plan, following engagement with the community. 

The strategy is the first of its kind for Yarra Ranges, and sets out the vision, objectives and targets for the long-term protection, management and planting of trees in our region. 

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Sophie Todorov, said the strategy gave Council strong direction for how to manage trees to benefit the environment, the community and local tourism. 

“This will provide the foundation for development and implementation of best practice tree management, to maximise the benefits of our tree canopy and our beautiful natural environment, while minimising tree risks,” she said. 

“Our vision in the document is that Yarra Ranges Council will conserve and enhance our leafy character, culturally-significant landscapes and unique biodiversity through our work in protecting and managing existing trees and planting new trees in priority locations.  

“This will improve the liveability of the region, support community health and wellbeing and help to maintain ecosystems and enhance tourism. 

“I encourage anyone interested to read through this document and learn more about our goals for trees in the region.” 

The strategy lists six key objectives, which will be delivered through the implementation plan: 

  1. Value, protect and manage trees 

  1. Grow a healthy tree canopy 

  1. Conserve culturally-significant trees and enhance local tourism 

  1. Improve tree canopy resilience to climate change 

  1. Support and enhance community health and wellbeing 

  1. Apply best practice tree management 

Community engagement on the draft strategy took place in late 2022, with an online survey. 

Read the Tree Canopy Strategy

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