Street Tree Planting

Principal Petitioner Christopher Dawson, Wynnum West
Date Closed Sun, 10 Mar 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 65 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the lack of street trees within the Wynnum Manly Ward. With climate changing towards an even hotter environment and energy consumption climbing to suit, people are hit with the full force of the sun's UV when going for a walk to the shops, walking the dog, taking the children for a bike ride or even pushing the baby in a pram. The lack of trees in the Wynnum Manly Ward is due to a few factors such as Council approving dwellings on more than 50% of the property, residents wanting a larger house with no garden and residents not applying to have street trees planted. The lack of street trees can be changed by Council taking a proactive approach to planting street trees. Street trees provide shade and habitat which ultimately reduces ground temperatures and creates a better environment for everyone. Current residents will benefit greatly as well as future residents and visitors to the ward.

Petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council plant street trees along every street in Wynnum Manly Ward which means that instead of residents having to request street trees, they now have to request not to have them planted. Petitioners also request that trees are planted so that their numbers are doubled along waterfront areas.

Council response

Council has completed an onsite investigation and considered your request.

Council street trees make up a significant part of the urban forest. The trees contribute to our subtropical landscape character, biodiversity and provide numerous environmental benefits.

Council’s future goal to enhance and sustain our urban forest is to increase tree shade cover to 50% for footpaths and bikeways in residential areas by 2031.

Council will plant a minimum of 190 trees in Wynnum Manly Ward by the end of December 2019. A planting plan near the waterfront in the area of George Clayton Park, Manly, will be submitted to the Wynnum Manly Ward Office for them to undertake community consultation before any work is completed.