The latest in a series of Urban Forest Masterclasses has been held in Canberra, with representatives of five regional government areas attending, along with many participants involved along the supply chain in planning and implementing urban development.
These masterclasses are part of a broader project associated with the 202020 Vision project, and aim to give attendees a greater understanding of practical ways to increase urban forestry efforts resulting in more plants and trees – especially in our regional urban areas.
The 202020 Vision strategy is to increase urban green space by 20 per cent by 2020, thus increasing plant sales year on year by two per cent.
By proactively engaging councils and providing the opportunity for a range of disciplines to collaborate to greater effect, the 202020 Vision is catalysing not only the rate at which urban forest efforts are happening at a local level – but also ensuring that work undertaken is of a high quality.
This week’s workshop builds on the 10-step guide, How to Grow an Urban Forest workbook and a National Urban Forest Masterclass held in Melbourne.
The Canberra event was attended by Wollongong City Council, Queanbeyan City Council, Melton City Council, Albury City Council, Dubbo City Council, Wodonga City Council, Penrith City Council.
In addition, it attracted a great number of staff from both the Department of Environment & Planning and the Territory Municipal Services within the ACT Government, industry, landscape architects, property developers, road engineers the NSW Government, CSIRO, the Federal Government, Engineers and Arboriculture community.
Highlights included an address from the Director of City Services ACT, who is responsible for maintaining and planting the vast majority of the ACT’s landscapes, Dorte Ekelund the Director General of Planning in the ACT and the NSW Government’s Principal Landscape Architect, Barbara Schaffer.
- Identifying drivers, benefits and barriers – how to overcome specific challenges facing urban regional councils and government and included heat, health and densification as a catalyst for urban forestry.
- Present your why – this session covered an overview of case studies or examples where councils have chosen a specific driver to be involved with the project, for example heat in Penrith as a means by which to catalyse action at a local level.
Project Code: NY15007