The Greens Caroline Le Couteur is pushing the idea of an urban tree trust, presumably on the basis that the Government at large can’t be trusted to look something as important as Canberra’s urban forest:
“Protecting the urban forest means planning for the long term. Getting it wrong will mean more sick and dead trees, with greater costs and risks for the community.
“The Government has known for nearly two years that TAMS’ work looking after urban trees is underfunded by millions, but the gap is still there.
“So the ACT Greens will increase funding for urban tree management by $1 million each year, paid into a new Urban Tree Trust.
“To ensure new funds support the long-term health of the urban forest, the Trust will be reserved for growing, purchasing and planting new trees.
“We need funds to plant more trees when the conditions are right and plant fewer trees in drought years. The Trust will ensure this, accumulating funds in drier years which are ill-suited to planting so that funds are available during better conditions for growing the urban forest.