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 · 247 votes · 29 comments
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We need to find a way for us to tackle this using at least some food producing trees

Mark Sanders
5 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
5 days ago
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Unfortunately overhead power lines prevent canopy development in most streets. Perhaps minimising power lines, encouraging all new or renovated homes to have underground power and fibre cabling. Shrubs and poor 'exotics' such as the ageing and poorly maintained prunis trees need to be replaced in many areas.

Claire Wallace
1 week ago
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There is a problem with the amount of impermeable surfaces covering Moreland and contributing to this heat build up. Why can't there be higher standards and regulations that are enforced regarding percentage of permeable surfaces in housing and other developments in Moreland.

Carolyn Layton
1 week ago
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How about the introduction of fines akin to those given in the eastern suburbs if heritage trees are removed without approval? Tree cover removal is a detriment to all residents, not just the resident cutting down the tree.

Chris Chris
1 week ago
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If there was less development approved, there would be less need to mitigate the damaging effects it causes. Just saying.

Rhonda James
1 week ago
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I wish Moreland had more exotic trees instead of the native ones. They look much nicer - e.g. Jacarandas!

Shanaka Perera
1 week ago
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I agree with the need to increase tree canopy for both climate change and human health reasons. I think we need to consider what type of trees are appropriate and look for trees with a wide canopy (maximum shade) rather than tall trees. I live in Fawkner and see the removal of many trees due to development. I think there needs to be some kind of mandatory planting as part of development and public education campaign around the importance of trees to our health and wellbeing.

Sam Green
2 weeks ago
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Completely agree with the need to increase greenery. Council should support households who want to cut down dead/dying/tired/butchered trees on nature strips in front of their homes. If council were able to cover the cost of tree removal, willing residents could replace them with healthy and appropriate trees and shrubs that will reduce urban heat effect and provide a home and sustenance to native wildlife. I understand some councils already support such initiatives.

Kerry Awerbuch
3 weeks ago
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Brunswick and Coburg in particular need more trees to reduce the heat spots throughout the area. They should be native trees with low pollen as they will take to the soil more easily and reduce the potential health effects associated with high pollen or particle dropping trees like plane trees. Moreland has some of the hottest spots in Melbourne, making residents, particularly if they are young, elderly or have a chronic illness, more at risk to the effects of climate change. Many of the recent victims from the storm asthma episode lived in the northern suburbs, so we need to do all we can to reduce the impact that climate and poor crop choice will have on residents in this part of Melbourne.

Beck Stuart
3 weeks ago
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