Monash Council Street Tree Strategy

Oakleigh residents are encouraged to have their say on a plan to boost trees in local streets.

Monash Council has launched a Street Tree Strategy, a 30-year plan that will see some streets acquire new trees, a survey of existing trees to determine their suitability for their environment, and identifying areas with the highest priority for replanting trees.

Most of Oakleigh is incorporated in the plan, including the major activity centre and surrounding residential streets, bound by Dandenong Rd, Warrigal Rd, Burlington St and Westminster St.

The plan will take into account available growing space, proximity to infrastructure such as powerlines and footpaths, as well as neighbourhood character.

“The growth of the city and the reduction in the size of private gardens means that the role of our street trees is becoming increasingly important,” the proposal reads.

“The city’s street trees will be regarded as a vital and valued part of the city’s tree canopy cover, creating a network of engaging and inviting green corridors, encouraging walking, cycling and street activity and contributing to the liveability of local neighbourhoods.”

Benefits of an increased number of street trees include living in a greener community, improved health and wellbeing, contributing to habitat and biodiversity, improving air quality and improving property values, the report states.

Monash Council is seeking community input via an online survey. Have your say here. Responses must be received by Thursday, June 18.