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.

Free tree giveaway

A big thank you to everyone who came to the tree giveaway at Brooklyn Reserve on Saturday 24 April to officially launch the 2021 Tree Planting Season and as part of the Urban Forest Strategy. For tips on planting your tree, view the resources below. Remember to share a pic of your tree in six months' time to go into a draw to win great prizes. Post your photo on your Instagram or Facebook wall and use the hashtag #BuildingOurUrbanForest.


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

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, 4MB) 

Sustainable Gardening in Hobsons Bay(PDF, 4MB)

Tree species 

The following species were specifically chosen for residential front and backyards in Hobsons Bay:

  • 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
  • Silver Banksia - Suitable for coastal areas
  • Fringed Wattle - Suitable for coastal areas. Native bird attractor.
  • Blackwood - Suitable for large gardens. Plain and figured Australian blackwood is becoming increasingly popular in musical instrument making.
  • Fine leaved Mallee - Suitable for small gardens.
  • Euky Dwarf- Native bird attractor. Suitable for small to medium sized gardens.
  • Red Box- Suitable for large gardens. Juvenile foliage is used in floral arrangements.
  • Silver-leaved Mountain Gum- Suitable for small gardens. The species is cultivated as a cut foliage plant. Responds well to hard pruning
  • Pincushion Hakea - Suitable for small gardens. Native bird attractor.
  • Jacaranda - A great summer time feature due to its stunning purple flowers
  • Lemon scented teatree - Suitable for small gardens. Native bird attractor. Can be kept to shrub height by pruning. The ability to be pruned regularly also makes it suited for hedges
  • Showy Honey Myrtle - Suitable for small gardens. Native bird attractor. Suitable for coastal areas.
  • 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.
  • Chinese Elm - The mottled bark is an attractive feature of this tree as it becomes established
  • 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
  • Gungurru - Has an elegant weeping habit and produces striking pink to bright red flowers.

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