The City of Gosnells is working to make the region greener and shadier, by planting more mature trees and using technology to map tree numbers and monitor their size and maintenance needs.
In recent years, the City’s planting efforts increased from 500 to 2,500 trees a year and a new field data collection app is helping with the long-term management of the City’s ‘living assets’.
The app provides a new way of collecting information on the planting, removal and maintenance of trees in parks and streetscapes and is linked to the City’s mapping system to assist with tree inspections, pruning and budgeting.
Mayor David Goode said the increased focus on trees was all part of a strategic approach to build a healthier environment.
“We know that trees provide many benefits, particularly in urban areas,” he said.
“They produce oxygen, absorb heat and pollutants, store carbon and help manage groundwater quality – leafy streets can even change the way we feel about where we live and increase property values.”
About 2,500 trees were planted during 2020/21 and almost 2,000 trees are expected to be planted this financial year, mainly during the winter months.
“Our efforts are focused on improving streetscapes and parkland areas and we encourage community members to take advantage of the City’s free street tree program for the front of their own property,” the Mayor added.
To apply for a street tree, please visit the City’s website at gosnells.wa.gov.au or call 9397 3000.