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Where Will all the Trees Be?

Where Will all the Trees Be?
16 December 2020

The City of Kwinana has been nationally recognised for having the highest level of population growth and green cover growth in Australia in a report by Greener Places, Better Spaces.

The report – ‘Where Will all the Trees be?’ - shows Kwinana increased its green cover by 6% between 2016 and 2020. This demonstrates the City of Kwinana’s commitment to one of its aspirations, ‘Surrounded by Nature’.

‘Where Will all the Trees Be?’ is the third report in a series from Greener Spaces, Better Places. The report carries on from where ‘Where Are all the Trees?’ and ‘Where Should all the Trees Go?’ left off.

According to the report, ‘the latest update looks at changes over time as well as which places will be most and least challenged to grow and maintain green cover in future’.

The City of Kwinana was applauded for helping residents develop and maintain a greener community. Between 2016 and 2020, the City planted 1,381 street trees. During this time, around 70,000 local native seedlings were also planted to revegetate natural areas. The City’s Street Tree and Verge Development Policy requires developers to plant a minimum of one street tree for every lot.  

“At the City of Kwinana, we’re proud of our natural, rural feel while still being a modern metropolitan City,” said Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.

“While we are an area experiencing exponential growth, and there is tension between the development of residential areas and the need to preserve the natural environment, our officers work hard to ensure that the environment is protected wherever possible.

“One of the greatest charm of our area includes the tree-lined streets and natural bushland. By assisting residents to plant and grow new trees and funding community groups to plant native trees, we’re working towards a greener future.”

The report champions the idea of making Australian cities greener. Reasons cited include the shading and cooling benefits, recreational benefits, more natural habitat for wildlife, a more aesthetically pleasing City and impact on property value.

The full report can be accessed here.