Chief Minister Stanhope has announced the release of the Environment Commissioner’s “Report on the Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest“.
The recommendations selected by his Chieflyness are:
— establishment of an ACT Tree Curator with responsibility for tree management across the Territory including some functions currently assigned to the ACT Conservator;
— development of an overarching tree protection and management strategy;
— greater recognition for Canberra’s treed landscape in strategic planning, and capacity for the involvement of the new ACTTree Curator in ACTPLA’s Major Projects Review Group;
— a greater emphasis on extending the life of trees, and better integration of tree removal and replacement; and
— strengthened public notification and communication around tree management activities.
Integrating tree removal with tree planting? Gosh who would have thought of doing that?
The report now goes to a Legislative Assembly committee for further inert consideration.