Residents urged to help shape a greener Greater Bendigo
The City of Greater Bendigo is developing a Greening Greater Bendigo Urban Tree Strategy to increase tree cover in our urban areas and townships and wants members of the community to get involved.
The community can contribute to the development of the strategy by filling out an online survey at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/greening or by attending one of two listening posts from 11am to 2pm Sunday September 16, at the Eaglehawk Regional Play Space opening, Lake Neangar or 9am to 1pm Saturday October 13, at the Bendigo Community Farmers' Market, Sidney Myer Place, Bendigo.
City of Greater Bendigo Parks and Open Space Manager Paul Gangell said the community consultation for the strategy will help identify priority areas for future tree planting and greening projects to protect the trees and green spaces the community values.
“Greater Bendigo is known for its beautiful street trees and I urge members of the public to get involved with the development of this strategy,” Mr Gangell said.
“The City manages and maintains over 100,000 urban trees across Greater Bendigo in local streets and public open spaces and plants over 1,000 new trees every year.
“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.”
Interested members of the public can also sign up to a mailing list to receive updates on the City’s website via email to [email protected] They can also submit an entry in a “Natural Heritage Through the Lens” competition to win great prizes.
The information gathered from the community through the online survey, listening posts and photography competition will be used to develop a draft strategy and action plan which is expected to go to Council for consideration in June 2019 before going on display for further public comment.
For more information www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/greening