Vi­sion for a greener Kwinana

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

The City of Kwinana has been la­belled one of WA’s top “green­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties” ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by some of Aus­tralia’s leading green space experts.

The 202020 Vi­sion — a group work­ing to make Aus­tralia’s ur­ban ar­eas 20 per cent greener by 2020 — has re­leased its lat­est re­port, Where Should All The Trees Go?, which com­pares canopy lev­els, and maps ur­ban heat to pro­vide an overall vul­ner­a­bil­ity in­di­ca­tor of 139 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in Aus­tralia.

The re­port listed Kwinana as WA’s se­cond-high­est green­ing op­por­tu­nity be­hind Bel­mont, also la­belling the City one of the “most vul­ner­a­ble” coun­cil ar­eas in WA at risk from ex­treme heat.

It found Kwinana had also ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant loss of green cover from 2011-2016 — down al­most 6 per cent.

A City spokes­woman said the City of Kwinana had ex­pe­ri­enced con­sid­er­able growth since 2011, with veg­e­ta­tion loss dur­ing that time com­pa­ra­ble with ur­ban de­vel­op­ment rates within the area.

The City was col­lat­ing data for all street tree and pub­lic open spa­ces within the mu­nic­i­pal bound­ary, clas­si­fy­ing veg­e­ta­tion by species type and health, to help with fu­ture veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment.

“An ur­ban for­est strat­egy for the City of Kwinana in 2019/20 is be­ing pre­pared, us­ing the veg­e­ta­tion data we are cur­rently cap­tur­ing,” she said. “This strat­egy will out­line ar­eas that may be at risk and mit­i­ga­tion plans we in­tend to put in place to re­duce these risks.”

The City has also adopted sev­eral lo­cal plan­ning poli­cies to in­crease the pro­tec­tion of sig­nif­i­cant trees and is in the process of pre­par­ing a lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity strat­egy as part of the City’s lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy.

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