Trees and nature strips

Urban Forest Strategy

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

About the Urban Forest Strategy

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.
As part of the Urban Forest Strategy, Council has developed a draft Canopy Delivery Plan, which aims to:
  • identify locations for street tree vacancies to be planted
  • identify priority areas for planting where more tree cover is required (These sites include streets, gateways, open space areas, along foreshore and waterways, and areas vulnerable to heat.)
  • plant trees in ‘harder to plant’ locations such as shared paths, car parks, in high hardscaped areas and commercial and industrial areas.
  • maximise tree canopy through water sensitive urban design
  • diversify tree species through replacements. 

To view the draft Urban Canopy Delivery Plan, visit 

Priority areas for planting

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

  • 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.

Street Tree Policy