are urged to report any suspected damage to trees, as the City rolls out
another expansive planting program.
City will plant more than 2500 trees across Greater Geelong this year, as part
of a commitment to create a cooler, greener region.
signage is being installed in areas impacted by tree vandalism, to inform the
community about the wilful damage and to act as a deterrent to future incidents.
Anthony Aitken, Chair of the City Works, Parks and Gardens portfolio said the
signage initiative aimed to reduce the number of attacks on the City’s tree
are a highly valuable asset and any deliberate vandalism of them impacts on the
wider community,” Cr Aitken said.
would like the community’s help in protecting our trees and would appreciate
any information in relation to attacks on them.
are defenceless members of our community, especially newly planted ones. Please
love and keep an eye out for our trees and help them grow.”
first of the signs has been installed at St Helen’s Reserve, Rippleside, where two
trees were poisoned earlier this year.
Forty-three trees were planted in the reserve in 2020, with the City overseeing the community-led
project that was supported by a federal government grant.
City is seeking information relating to the illegal activity and will pursue
prosecution against any offender/s.
part of the Sustainability Framework Action Plan, we are committed to planting
more trees and creating more opportunities for community planting.
are also actions aimed at increasing sustainability by protecting the
environment, building community wellbeing and social equity, and practicing responsible
and transparent business.
Urban Forest Strategy has a centrepiece target of improving Geelong's tree
canopy cover from 14 per cent to 25 per cent over a thirty-year period.
Eddy Kontelj said the environmental, social and health benefits of a vibrant
urban tree population were huge.
trees provide shade, cool our public areas and improve the feel and liveability
of the region,” Cr Kontelj said.
want to create a larger and more diverse tree network to improve canopy cover
in our streets, open spaces and reserves.
addition, it is not OK or acceptable for anyone to be vandalising property or
assets, whether they belong to a community member, or they are publicly owned.”
report any suspicious activity regarding trees to 5272 5272.