MidCoast Council is calling for the local community to have their say on a draft Greening Strategy and draft Vegetation Management Policy, before the end of the exhibition period next Thursday, 24 June.
The draft Greening Strategy aims to manage and enhance tree canopy cover and green spaces across the MidCoast region, recognising their importance in delivering the high levels of liveability and environmental amenity that our region is known for.
It identifies five key areas or 'principles', and actions that can be undertaken such as initiatives to cool our urban areas, resources to assist in planting the right vegetation in the right places, and platforms for partnering and collaborating with local communities.
"In simple terms, the strategy takes a highly targeted approach to retaining and planting trees now for our own enjoyment, and to create a positive legacy for future generations," explained council's Gerard Tuckerman.
"If you love the leafy character of our towns and villages, and our rural and natural landscapes, we'd love to hear your thoughts during this important feedback phase."
Another part of the strategy focuses on retaining significant trees and tracts of mature vegetation through the introduction of a targeted Vegetation Management Policy.
Under the proposed approach, areas that provide an important contribution to ecology, and landscape or amenity values, would be subject to the policy, and the 'Tree Preservation Order' currently applied through a 'blanket approach' in the Great Lakes region would be removed.
An online mapping tool at www.haveyoursay.midcoast.nsw.gov.au is available for people to find out if their property is in an area targeted by the draft Policy.
To find out more about both the draft Greening Strategy and the draft Vegetation Management Policy visit www.haveyoursay.midcoast.nsw.gov.au before 4.30pm on Thursday 24 June. To have your say, complete a submission online, or by email or post.