Vision for a greener Kwinana
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.