Guided by the Environment Strategy 2020-30,
we’re striving to plant one million new trees by 2030 to help cool our streets,
filter the air and foster vibrant and beautiful parks, gardens and nature
strips across Greater Geelong.
We’re currently responsible for managing over 70,000 street trees, around 40,000 park trees and trees
along rural roadways and in reserves. Not only do they contribute to water
conservation, carbon storage, temperature regulation and providing habitat for
native wildlife, trees and green spaces are also well-known to contribute to
the physical and emotional wellbeing of communities.
We caught up with Shane Thompson
who works as a member of our Tree Maintenance Crew and who plays an important
role in helping ensure our trees thrive and stay safe for the community to
you interested in tree maintenance and what do you love about it?
After working in a factory environment for 30 years I was looking to change
careers and move into the outdoor environment for work. I joined a local tree company as a labourer
and found I loved the work they did, so decided to undertake further study and
become an arborist… It soon became obvious I loved this and wish I had started
What’s something residents mightn’t know about the service we provide?
trees for defects and possible failure on a regular basis to ensure safety
within the community. Nature-strip trees are trimmed for safety purposes.
have a favourite kind of tree to work with?
Corymbia citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum) is my favourite tree to work with
due to its delightful aroma and smooth bark.
your best tip for residents looking after trees on their property?
regularly in order to keep tree appearance as desired and the size appropriate
to the yard it is in. Seek professional
advice if concerned about defects.
To request a tree be planted on your nature strip or for the
maintenance of a tree in our parks, gardens or nature strips visit geelongaustralia.com.au/trees,
call 5272 5272 or email [email protected].
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