Sunshine Coast Council is inviting comment on its Draft Street Tree Master Plan, which will guide future street tree planting across the region to help shade and cool the region, and balance our built environment.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the draft master plan would guide council on street tree planting priorities for the region.
“Council has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the Sunshine Coast’s urban forest and existing street tree network,” Cr McKay said.
“As a very first for a Local Government Area in Australia, a ‘foliage score’ has been developed for each of the 27 Local Plan Areas across the Sunshine Coast region.
“It uses a combination of two and three-dimensional tree cover mapping that considers percentage canopy cover and projected shade, foliage density and tree height.
“The Sunshine Coast is one of the greenest local government areas in Queensland, with 57% of all land covered with some trees.”
Cr McKay said proactive street tree planting was needed to sustain the Sunshine Coast’s sub-tropical amenity into the future.
“Some of our most densely populated areas require additional street trees and this plan provides recommendations for placement and species to help ensure each area benefits from the positive environmental, visual, social and economic impacts trees provide,” Cr McKay said.
“As well as providing shade and cooling, street trees improve the look and feel of our places and help make the Sunshine Coast a healthy and vibrant place to live.
“It’s important we receive input from the community on this, as they know their local areas and will help us ensure the right trees are planted in the right locations in the future.”
Visit council’s website to view the draft master plan and provide feedback by December 8, 2017.
Council is also calling for people with an interest in helping to care for young trees in their street to register their interest in our Treemendous Tree Partnerships program.
In the future, council will be looking for people to partner with us to help establish these young trees when they are newly planted and need the most attention.
All respondents will enter the draw to win a $250 voucher for a nursery (three to win) and will be invited to collect a free shade tree to plant within their own properties from council’s nursery.