Questions and Responses
How important is the garden and 'green' nature of the city to Monash as a whole?
The ‘garden city’ character of Monash is highly valued by residents and is a defining feature of our municipality. However, as Monash has grown, there has been a noticeable change to the leafy green character in some areas of the city and we know this is of concern to residents.
Trees add so much to Monash’s liveability and research findings show that long lived canopy trees have amazing environmental and community benefits, and can actually hugely impact on the value of properties.
While we welcome the growth of Monash, we need to ensure this doesn’t come at the cost of our much loved greenery.
Why is it important to tackle this issue?
Currently Monash’s tree canopy is at 22%, lower than neighbouring municipalities of Whitehorse (23%), Stonnington (25%) and Boroondara (28%). The draft Monash Urban Landscape and Canopy Vegetation Strategy aims for a target of 30% tree canopy by 2030. We want to balance development and greening of the landscape. It’s clear we need to look into changing the way we manage trees in Monash by not only advocating for the retention of mature trees but also promoting the planting of new trees when removal is required.
How much feedback does council receive about this sort of thing from the community?
One of the main complaints we receive at Council is about loss of vegetation on land when it is developed, especially the “moonscaping” of blocks for single houses where all vegetation is cleared prior to development. The community is genuinely concerned about the removal of vegetation across Monash. We do have parts of Monash covered by a Vegetation Protection Overlay whereby trees of more than 10m are protected.
What is the process from here?
Council will hold a series of drop-in community information sessions on the strategy and we encourage people to attend and have their say. Public consultation on this strategy will inform Council on what parts of Monash’s landscape are most valued by the community and how to preserve these for the future.
The dates for the community drop-in sessions on the Draft Monash Urban Landscape and Canopy Vegetation Strategy are on:
Monday, 23 July 1-4pm
Monash Civic Centre, Glen Waverley
Wednesday, 25 July 3.30pm-6.30pm
Oakleigh Seminar & Training Centre
Monday 30 July 3.30pm-6.30pm
Mt Waverley Youth Centre
Wednesday 1 August 3.30pm-6.30pm
Mulgrave Community Centre
Thursday 2 August 3.30pm-6.30pm
Clayton Community Centre
Provided to: Monash Leader
Date: 7 June 2018
Quoting: Mayor Paul Klisaris
More information: Have Your Say - Draft Urban Landscape and Canopy Vegetation Strategy