Council Seeks Community Views on Tree Protection and Controls

5 December 2012

Bayside City Council is inviting community members and visitors to the City to have their say in response to a Draft Review of Vegetation Related Provisions for residential areas in the City of Bayside.

The Draft Review explores the significance of trees and the contribution the tree canopy makes to Bayside’s neighbourhood character, the overall landscape, and community enjoyment.

Launching the community consultation program, Mayor Stephen Hartney explained that in 2011 Council commissioned a review into Bayside’s existing vegetation controls with an aim to further develop and improve vegetation management within the residential areas of Bayside.

“The review sets out the current provisions and controls related to trees, and has identified areas on private residential land for improvement in Council’s controls and processes,” he said.

Cr Hartney said that as part of the review, Council also undertook an analysis of aerial photography taken between 2007 and 2009 across Bayside.

“The analysis demonstrated a reduction in total tree canopy cover in Bayside of approximately 8.8% over two years,” said Cr Hartney.

“Whilst it is not clear whether this reduction in canopy is predominantly in the public or private realm, it is a loss that should motivate community participation in this draft Review program.”

The Draft Review is now available for public consultation along with an accompanying Consultation Discussion Paper and a Survey Form.

There will be three focus group sessions that will consider the Draft Review in more detail during February 2013.   Notification of the focus group dates will be posted on Council’s website and published in the local media early in the new year.

Anyone interested in participating in a focus group discussion should register by contacting Council’s Urban Strategy team on (03) 9599 4444.

Relevant information is now available on Council’s website at and also at Bayside libraries and Council’s Corporate Centre in Sandringham. Comments and feedback on this project will be received until 5pm Friday 1 March 2013.

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