Council adopts Greening Greater Bendigo Strategy
The Greater Bendigo City Council has adopted its first urban forest strategy - Greening Greater Bendigo at last night’s council meeting.
The Greening Greater Bendigo strategy is accompanied by a 10-year action plan which outlines the City’s most immediate priorities and commitments to increase tree cover and protect the trees and greenspaces the community value. It aims to reverse the trend of tree loss from urban areas so that the multiple benefits trees provide can be enjoyed by current and future generations.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said Greening Greater Bendigo is a 50-year strategic vision for increasing tree cover and improving tree health across urban areas and townships of Greater Bendigo.
“It provides a strategic response to the complex challenges that threaten the health of the natural environment, the health of our residents and the liveability of our City and townships over the coming decades,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“The City manages and maintains over 120,000 urban trees across Greater Bendigo in local streets and public open spaces and plants over 1,000 new trees every year which will increase to 3,000 trees per year by 2024.
“Urban trees are important because they provide countless environmental, economic and social benefits by supporting community health and wellbeing and enhancing the character of our urban areas and townships.
“Our trees and greenspaces are essential to creating a liveable community by providing shade and cooling in our urban areas. They also promote physical and mental wellbeing and improve the quality of water, soils and ecosystems.
The strategy can be viewed online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/greening