WEBINAR RECAP – Industry Talk: Banyule’s Urban Forest Strategy

  • August 01, 2023

To mark the occasion of National Tree Day for our latest Industry Talk Webinar we heard from Michael Tanner, Manager Parks & Natural Environment at Banyule City Council, as he discussed their recent development of an updated Urban Forest Strategy.

Thanks to all who attended and took part in the discussion. Of course, a big thank you must also go out to our presenter Michael for his time and expertise. You can find the full webinar recording at the link below. 

About National Tree Day

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community. In 2023, National Tree Day is Sunday 30th July.

Banyule City Council’s Urban Forest Strategy

Banyule Council has undertaken a stem and root review of its 2015 Urban Forest Strategy. In August 2023 the revised Urban Forest Strategy will be considered for adoption by Council. The new strategy centres on three key targets and measures that are framed to significantly increase the equity of access to green spaces, while preserving and enhancing the unique biodiversity and conservation values of parts of the municipality. Working with community feedback Banyule has developed canopy targets that; by 2040 will lift the average of all suburbs to at least 27%, create canopy of at least 45% over the footpath network, and a canopy of at least 50% over the open space paths. The journey to these targets has been bumpy, with lessons learned about community reference groups, values, councillor expectations and positions, and the need for both quick wins and long-term actions on the new generation of urban forest strategies.

Thanks to our presenter:

Michael Tanner

Manager Parks & Natural Environment, Banyule City Council

With qualifications in Landscape Construction, Horticulture, Sustainability and Urban & Cultural Heritage, Michael is an urban green space and environmental sustainability leader with expertise in applying strategic foresight, business and community intelligence, and harnessing the power of collaborative leadership to manage resilient high-quality public places, assets and services.

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