Throughout the Tour, we found that there was a lot of work already being done on Urban Forest Strategies at a council level. Some of this work had been inspired by and modelled on the work carried out by City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Team. However, what options exist if you don’t have access to similar resources as the City of Melbourne to develop and implement your own strategy?
Participants on the Tour suggested a Federal Funding approach as a potential solution.
WHAT IS IT?
It is suggested that the Federal Government develop long-term funding mechanisms that trickle down to Local Governments to help them implement their Urban Forest Strategies. These funds may be derived through tax breaks, increasing developer contributions or bonds, but used to assist poorer councils, generally located in suburban or poor-urban areas to help realise their urban forestry targets and visions as outlined in their own local Urban Forest Strategy.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Councils can apply for federal funding to implement their urban forest strategies. Private investment in green space is encouraged via tax incentives to green infrastructure investments or social bond options.
WHY IT’S USEFUL
- Helps provide funding to councils that can least afford (and potentially most need) an urban forestry strategy.
- Assists in creating a regional urban forestry approach.
- Encourages efficiency and scale of resources.
- Provides government with a leadership position that they can talk about in the media.
- Ensures that resources are used efficiently.
- Cools suburbs.
WHAT PEOPLE SAID
"[The] proposed Federal Urban Forest Fund may provide viable incentives for developers and local councils to work collaboratively to share costs and offset initial investment. Investing in growing places where people can live happy, healthy lives, and engaging communities in maintaining that investment, will benefit us all."Dr May Carter, MayC Consulting, WA.
SUPPORTED BY TOUR CONTRIBUTORS:
Matthew Daniel, Tree Preservation Australia, VIC. Clare Mouat, UWA, WA. Brigid Adams, DEPI, VIC. Clare Lombardi, City West Water, VIC. Domenic Pangallo, Adelaide City Council, SA. Tania MacLeod, City of Melbourne, VIC. Jana Soderlund, CUSP, WA. Rob Didcoe, DSR, WA. Sam McGuiness, Waverley Council, NSW. Byron, VIC. Sheryn Pitman, GI Project, Botanical Gardens, SA. Carole Fudge, Benara Nurseries, WA. Tori Li, University of Melbourne, VIC. Ashley Pittard, City of Rockingham, WA. David Martin, AILA, NSW. Gerhard Grasser, Tree Preservation Australia, VIC. Josh Byrne, JBA, WA. Angela Orchard, Adelaide City Council, SA. Cr Rachel Pemberton, City of Fremantle, WA. Joanne Smith, PLA, WA. Robert Prince, NGIA, SA. Michael Smit, Rainwater Harvesting, VIC. Bob Moseley, The Nature Conservancy, VIC. Erin Harrison, EMRC, WA. Anna Foley, National Trust, VIC. Greg Priest, JBA, SA. Brett Skyring, Panther Consultant Planners, QLD. David Mathews, Proteaflora, VIC. Sky Allen, DPTI, QLD. Josh Byne, JBA, WA. Anthony Kimpton, UQ, QLD. Julie Francis, City of Melbourne, VIC. Emma Appleton, OVGA, VIC. James Worth, Green Star Design, SA. Russ James, TC Advantage, NSW. Pip Hildebrand, Do it on the Roof, VIC. Merilyn Kuchel, GI Project, Botanic Gardens SA, SA. Alex Ward, DEWNR, SA. Hamish Mitchell, Speciality Trees, VIC. Suzie Turner, Pracsys, WA. Katherine Rekaris, Katherine Rekaris Landscape, VIC. Marina Grassecker Harvest Seeds and Nature Plants, NSW. Odile Pouliquen-Young, Curtin University, WA. Emma Appleton, OVGA, VIC.