Draft Urban Forest Plan

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Canopy cover and a resilient urban forest are essential for community well-being and liveable suburbs, however tree loss is becoming more significant and is increasing each year.

The City has developed an Urban Forest Plan to address the challenge of declining canopy cover and to support positive change. The plan aims to enable the retention of more of our existing trees, encourage the planting of new trees and allow our trees to thrive, providing cool leafy suburbs into the future.

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Canopy cover and a resilient urban forest are essential for community well-being and liveable suburbs, however tree loss is becoming more significant and is increasing each year.

The City has developed an Urban Forest Plan to address the challenge of declining canopy cover and to support positive change. The plan aims to enable the retention of more of our existing trees, encourage the planting of new trees and allow our trees to thrive, providing cool leafy suburbs into the future.

More information

  • To view more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please see the FAQs
  • Have you got a question? Please post it on the Q+A page and we will get back to you within 24 hours
  • City officers will be out in the community to answer your questions throughout the consultation. Please see the below news feed to learn more about when and where.
  • To stay in the loop about the City's sustainability initiatives, please subscribe the the Living Green Newsletter here.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Why have we not banned full green verges? we should we encouraging native verges with trees rather than English style lawns in our climate. This would help both the canopy cover and the excessive use of water.

    lawsy13 asked 6 months ago

    The City actively encourages residents to replace irrigated lawn on their verge with native gardens, and offer rebates of $250 towards the costs associated with this work as well as providing 20 free native plants to residents each year to plant on their verge. However, not all residents desire a native verge garden and some prefer irrigated lawn: for this reasons the City’s Verge Treatment Guidelines encourage the use of Waterwise types of grass to minimise the water consumption required.

    The City has already committed to planting at least one tree on each and every verge within the City of Stirling: if a tree will fit, a tree will be planted. This is irrespective of whether the verge contains a native garden, irrigated lawn, or some other treatment. At our current planting rate of 5,000 new verge trees each year (plus a further 5,000 new trees in parks and reserves) we anticipate that all available verge space will be planted by 2035.