Ground-up tree plan lauded
IT is not often a council decision generates simultaneous applause from both elected councillors and the observers in the public gallery – but as both groups agreed on Tuesday night at Victoria Park, this was no ordinary council decision.
The Town of Victoria Park’s urban forest strategy is being celebrated for its ground-up approach of policy creation, as well as the intended outcome of delivering more trees.
What began as community pressure over tree retention at the West Coast Eagles headquarters in Lathlain became a matter for a special meeting of electors in 2016 and eventually community groups such as the Vic Park Trees and the Vic Park Collective in creating the tree forest strategy, which was adopted on Tuesday night.
The strategy outlines methods and costs required to increase the canopy coverage within the Town of Victoria Park to 20 per cent, double what the most recent canopy mapping and analysis suggests exists.
It will be a process of protecting and saving existing trees, as well as a tree planting program.
Cr Claire Anderson said it was a great example of policy direction first coming from the community and then being developed by the community.
“Their love and passion and expertise went above and beyond,” she said.
Fittingly, the last word went to an observer from the public gallery.
Speaking during the public statement period after the decision, Luana Lisandro thanked Heather Johnson for being the “glue” behind the urban forest group.