Urban Forest Strategy

Hobsons Bay City Council has a vision for an urban forest that creates a liveable city, a better urban environment and contributes to the health and wellbeing of our community.

In 2020, Council adopted the Urban Forest Strategy which sets the path to increase the city's tree canopy to 30 per cent by 2040.

The ‘urban forest’ refers to all trees, of all varieties (including exotics, natives, deciduous and evergreens of varying sizes) located on both public and private land.

There are many great ways you can get involved in the Urban Forest Strategy and help build our urban forest: 

  • enter a social media competition to share a photo of a tree you've planted from one of Council's tree giveaways, for the chance to win one of three Newport Lakes Native Nursery vouchers. To enter, share a photo on social media in a public post, using the hashtag #BuildingOurUrbanForest. Competition closes 30 November. View the Terms and Conditions(PDF, 111KB) .  
  • provide feedback on the priority planting areas and locations identified in the draft Urban Canopy Delivery Plan and where more tree cover is required 
  • identify areas on private land where Council can partner with local landowners, businesses, and organisations to add extra greenery by planting a virtual tree where you want to see a real one
  • nominate a street to be part of the ‘Green Street’ program and be directly involved in selecting and caring for the trees.
  • partner with Council and tell us how you want to get involved. 

As well as the draft Urban Canopy Delivery Plan, Council’s Urban Forest Strategy consultation identified the Lagunaria patersonia species (commonly called Itchy Bomb Tree or Norfolk Hibiscus) as an unsuitable urban tree species which commonly causes skin irritation and is now regarded as an environmental weed. Residents can now nominate for an Itchy Bomb Tree to be replaced.

For details on how to get involved in the Urban Forest Strategy above, visit participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/urban-forest-strategy

Feedback on the draft Urban Canopy Delivery Plan closes Wednesday 24 November.

'Backyard friendly' trees suitable for Hobsons Bay 

Small trees <6m
  • Acacia fimbriata - Fringed Wattle - Suitable for coastal areas. Native bird attractor.
  • Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon'- Fine leaved Mallee - native, evergreen
  • Eucalyptus pulverulenta - Silver-leaved Mountain Gum - The species is cultivated as a cut foliage plant. Responds well to hard pruning
  • Hakea laurina Pincushion Hakea - Native bird attractor
  • Lagerstroemia indica - Crepe Myrtle - Once established, this tree offers masses of striking flowers during the summer period. The tree is renowned for its attractive mottled bark in maturity
  • Leptospermum petersonii - Lemon scented tea tree - Native bird attractor. Can be kept to shrub height by pruning. The ability to be pruned regularly also makes it suited for hedges
  • Eucalyptus ‘Euky Dwarf’ - Euky Dwarf - Native bird attractor. Suitable for small to medium sized gardens.
  • Melaleuca nesophila - Showy Honey Myrtle - Native bird attractor. Suitable for coastal areas.

Medium trees 7-9m
  • Acacia implexa – Lightwood - Suitable for coastal areas. This tree is regarded as a Pioneer species. It has an ability to improve the soil that it is planted into through its nitrogen fixing roots.
  • Eucalyptus caesia – Gungurru - Has an elegant weeping habit and produces striking pink to bright red flowers.
  • Eucalyptus victrix - Fine leafed Mallee.
  • Tristaniopsis laurina – Kanooka - Suitable for small to medium sized gardens. Commonly planted street tree throughout Greater Melbourne due to its suitability for planting in confined spaces, including underneath powerlines.

Large trees >10m
  • Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood - Plain and figured Australian blackwood is becoming increasingly popular in musical instrument making.
  • Eucalyptus polyanthemos Red Box - Juvenile foliage is used in floral arrangements.
  • Jacaranda mimosifolia Jacaranda - A great summer time feature due to its stunning purple flowers.
  • Ulmus parvifolia Chinese Elm - The mottled bark is an attractive feature of this tree as it becomes established.


Your New Tree flyer(PDF, 2MB) - includes tips for planting tubestock. 

Step by step guide to planting tubestock in your garden

Our friendly and knowledgeable Conservation Ranger Andrew shows us quick and easy steps on how to plant tubestock in your garden. Happy planting!


Habitat Gardens in Hobsons Bay- six simple steps(PDF, 1MB) 

Sustainable Gardening in Hobsons Bay(PDF, 4MB)

About the Urban Forest Strategy

The term 'urban forest' refers to trees of all varieties (including exotics, natives, deciduous and evergreens of varying sizes) on public and private land within urban areas.

The Urban Forest Strategy aims to develop a healthy and resilient urban forest and to increase the understanding of the attributes, roles and benefits of an urban canopy.

The Urban Forest Strategy features four key objectives to address climate change, urban heat and development:

  1. Increase tree canopy in Hobsons Bay to 30 per cent by 2040
  2. Develop a diverse and healthy urban forest
  3. Adopt a 'trees led' approach to city planning, design and delivery
  4. Educate and foster care for urban trees
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Priority areas for planting

Priority areas for planting have been identified across the municipality. The priority areas were identified using a variety of factors including:

  • Places where there is capacity for additional trees on public land
  • Suburbs and locations which have been identified as having high urban heat vulnerability
  • Locations with high volumes of pedestrian movement such as activity centres, school zones and public transport hubs
  • Active transport corridors such as cycleways, waterfront and coastal trails
  • Locations zoned for increased residential density

Action plan

An action plan has been developed which outlines tasks and their timelines. The action plan can be viewed via the link below.

Strategy and action plan

Please follow the links below to view the Urban Forest Strategy and Urban Forest Strategy Action Plan in full