Sustainable Environment and Climate Change
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Minimise the Urban Heat Island Effect*/ Maximise canopy cover and urban greenery

* refers to the way built up areas trap heat. It results from a lot of activity in the one area and from the dense, dark and solid surfaces, such as concrete and asphalt, in urban environments which absorb heat. These surfaces absorb heat during the day, then release the heat overnight, resulting in higher overall temperatures.

Moreland Council
9 months ago · 281 votes · 29 comments
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There should also be more requirements for green areas and trees with canopies in new developments. (as well as enforcement follow up on such requirements).

Kathleen Matthews-Ward
8 months ago
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I'm so pleased trees have got the most votes in this council plan (at this point). I love Moreland but more trees would make it sooooooooooo much better. Footpaths heading to activity centres should be prioritised for shade trees to get more people walking to the shops and schools. Parks and creeks should have more trees for both shade and habitat. Please also give us some way to protect significant trees, there are so many on private lots, but also in the golf course, cemetery and schools and the like, that currently have no protection.

Kathleen Matthews-Ward
8 months ago
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There are many asphalt footpaths in Moreland. Some are even in residential streets when the next street over has concrete paths and a nature strip. Remove these and replace with permeable paths and nature strips. Plant some shade trees - Moreland is full of bottlebrushes which aren't good for that - a mixture of different tree plantings on streets would be helpful. Trees with a canopy and provide shade. Moreland is hot and un-shaded and in all the years living here have seen little improvement.

Anna
8 months ago

Agree

Kathleen Matthews-Ward
8 months ago
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Food garden and tree planting networks are very active and productive in moreland. Can they be encouraged and supported with designated funding and training? Here's a good an amazing training opportunity that has demonstrated success combining food production and re-forestation. It has demonstrated increased rainfall, biodiversty, and production, applicable to small and large sites: http://syntropicfarmsco.com/

Toona Berwick
8 months ago
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Have you considered permeable road and footpath surfaces, which reduce thermal mass and stormwater run-off? rain can permeate into the ground, and hardy ground covers grow in the gaps. I've seen this used extensively on streets and carparks in Singapore.

Toona Berwick
8 months ago
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Yes, we need more canopy cover please. Especially in our playgrounds as they can't be used when its hot as I have young children.

charlotte hurry
8 months ago

Agree

Kathleen Matthews-Ward
8 months ago
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The Sydney Rd side of Brunswick is devoid of trees, particularly where new apartments have neen built. Developers should be requires to contribute to green space by planting trees etc outside their buildings. Council also needs to do more ro ensure all areas have trees. Rescaping Sydney Rd to give priority to trams, pedestrians and bikes would provide more room for greenery.

Cassandra Pace
8 months ago
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Indigenous trees and shrubs are adapted to our soils and climate, and should withstand future climate change relatively well. They bring native birds and re-create the special landscape character that is 'naturally Moreland'.

Ann McGregor
8 months ago
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Plantings on nature strips of fruit trees and other food plants should be encouraged, with advice and support from Council to local residents for their upkeep and maintenance

Richard Brown
8 months ago
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Adopt an integrated approach that includes indigenous plantings, food producing plantings, streets' rain gardens, porous walking surfaces (managed without herbicides that end up in the creeks) where a few weeds trimmed by foot passage and the occasional mowing are happily tolerated for their cooling and greening effect.

Pascale PITOT
8 months ago
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