Members of the community have until next Thursday, June 24 to comment on the MidCoast Council draft greening strategy and draft vegetation management policy.
The greening strategy aims to manage and enhance tree canopy cover and green spaces across the Mid Coast 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," MidCoast Council natural systems and land use planning acting manager, Gerard Tuckerman said.
"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.
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.Gerard Tuckerman
Under the proposed approach, areas that provide an important contribution to ecology, and landscape or amenity values, would be subject to the policy, while the 'Tree Preservation Order' currently applied through a 'blanket approach' in the Great Lakes region would be removed.
An online mapping tool is available for people to find out if their property is in an area targeted by the draft policy.
"We've had interest in the draft greening strategy from across the entire region, and a diverse range of feedback in regards to the draft vegetation management policy," Mr Tuckerman said.
"As we approach the end of the exhibition phase, we want to hear from as many people as possible - whether in the form of support or by raising concerns - so we can understand and deliver an approach to greening that meets the needs of the community."
To find out more about both the two papers, visit the MidCoast Council Have yours say page, before 4.30pm on Thursday, June 24.
To have your say, complete a submission online, or by email or post.
"Initiatives such as these projects and the recently exhibited Biodiversity Framework are part of our commitment to managing and protecting our environment, which was identified as one of our community's highest priorities."
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