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City’s root and branch reform

By McIvor Times

IF THE trees are greener on the other side, now’s the time to have your say.

City of Greater Bendigo is developing a greening Greater Bendigo urban tree strategy to increase tree cover in townships and wants members of the community to get involved.

An online survey is now open or alternatively residents can attend one of two ‘listening posts’ in Bendigo.

Paul Gangell, City of Greater Bendigo parks and open space manager, said the community consultation for the strategy will help identify priority areas for future tree planting and greening projects.

“Greater Bendigo is known for its beautiful street trees and I urge members of the public to get involved with the development of this strategy,” Mr Gangell said.

“The city manages and maintains more than 100,000 urban trees across Greater Bendigo in local streets and public spaces and plants more than 1,000 new trees every year.

“Our trees and green spaces are essential to creating a liveable community by providing shade and cooling in our urban areas.

‘‘They also promote physical and mental wellbeing and improve the quality of water, soils and ecosystems.”

The information gathered through the online survey and listening posts will be used to develop a draft strategy and action plan which is expected to go to council for consideration in June 2019 before going on display for further public comment.

■The first Bendigo listening post will take place from 11am-2pm on Sunday, September 16, at the Eaglehawk Regional Play Space opening, Lake Neangar. The second will be on October 13 from 9am-1pm at the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market, Sidney Myer Place, Bendigo.

Residents can sign up to a mailing list to receive updates on the council’s website via email to [email protected] Locals can also submit an entry in a “Natural Heritage Through the Lens” competition to win prizes. For more information or to vote, visit bendigo.vic.gov.au/greening