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
1 month ago · 236 votes · 25 comments
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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
1 day 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
2 days 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
2 days 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
2 days 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
2 days 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
3 days 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
3 days 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
3 days ago
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We need to find a way for us to tackle this using at least some food producing trees

Mark Sanders
4 days ago
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This is such a big issue that can easily be addressed with some dedicated planning and learning from other municipalities and cities. It's so important that it's not just about planning the trees but making sure they are mulched, pruned & have access to passive water harvesting measures. Many of the trees around the streets of Brunswick just seem so neglected and are really struggling.

Jess
4 days ago
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