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Leafy City to Create Cooler, Inviting Green Spaces
11/04/2017 8:05:00 AM
The City of Joondalup will soon be planting more trees across its suburbs as part of the Leafy City Program.
The Leafy City Program will result in increased canopy cover by the planting of trees within the City’s streetscapes, creating cooler, inviting green urban spaces for residents.
An independent arborist has advised the City on the location and species of the new trees, ensuring the healthy development and longevity of the City’s leafy canopy.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the Leafy City Program was aimed to provide an abundance of green spaces along the City’s streetscapes.
“Street trees are an important natural asset which helps maintain liveable urban environments,” Mayor Pickard said.
“There are obvious benefits such as making streets look more aesthetically pleasing, they can positively impact on suburban amenities and property values, they can have an effect calming traffic and providing safer walking conditions for pedestrians.
“In addition to the aesthetic, economic and social benefits, there are also a wide range of environmental impacts which include reducing ambient air temperature, cleaning air by absorbing polluting gases, reducing cooling energy consumption costs, and saving water through reduced evaporation rates.
“Ultimately by increasing canopy cover throughout the City, it will create cooler, inviting green urban spaces that will improve the comfort of pedestrian movement and reduce the ‘urban heat island’ effect generated by existing hardstand surfaces.”
LEAFY CITY PROGRAM
Independent canopy cover and land surface temperature data was captured by the City in February 2016 and used to prioritise project sites.
Works will commence in suburbs identified as ‘hot spots’, with Heathridge, Craigie and Beldon beginning in May 2017 and Kinross, Currambine and Padbury starting in July 2017.
Residents that will have a street tree located on their verge will be informed four weeks prior to works commencing. The City will be responsible for maintaining the street trees.
Below is the annual number of trees of various species planted as part of the City’s annual planting program, which occurs in the winter of each year, and will complement the new Leafy City Program where approximately 800-900 new trees will be planted annually:
2013 – 1182 trees
2014 – 1100 trees
2015 – 1588 trees
2016 – 1682 trees
For more information on the City’s Leafy City Program, visit the City’s website (joondalup.wa.gov.au) or call the Infrastructure Services Customer Relations team on 1300 369 972.