Even in Melbourne’s leafy councils, some suburbs are battling to find the shade

By Margaret Paul
ABC News Australia
January 15, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Melbourne’s western suburbs have the lowest tree canopy in the city — which experts say is linked to harmful “heat islands” and poorer health outcomes as a result.  While the city’s north-east fares better, within the City of Banyule there are still big gaps between suburbs.  Council data shows footpath tree cover is greatest in the affluent suburbs of Eaglemont (51.1 per cent) and Ivanhoe East (41.1 per cent), and lowest in the northern suburb of Bundoora (24.9 per cent).  Banyule Mayor Peter Castaldo said his council was determined to close that gap, aiming to 45 per cent of all footpaths in each suburb covered by canopy by 2040.  The goal, he said, was to get residents walking more in hotter months.  He said the council would plant 10,000 trees to reach its 2040 goal, focusing on areas around schools, public transport and shopping centres, to encourage people to walk.

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