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.

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