Council establishes tree advisory committee

The Central Goldfields Shire Council has established a singular public places tree advisory committee, replacing four previous committees in Talbot, Maryborough, Carisbrook and Dunolly.

At last month’s ordinary council meeting, administrators moved a motion to establish the public places tree advisory committee, reducing the four locally specific advisory committees, to one.

According to the report tabled to council, the terms of reference for the committee have been reviewed and altered to reference the role of the Dja Dja Wurrung as the tradi- tional custodians of this country and the impact of climate change on public place tree programs.

“Since 2003 council has formed and run public places tree advisory committees in different townships within the shire,” the report stated.

“In March 2018, council resolved to appoint four public places tree advisory committees. These committees have met infrequently and membership and attendance is not constant.”

According to the report, the public places tree advisory committee has provided “invaluable” assistance to council in understanding and determining an annual street tree planting program and broader strategy around the importance of greening the shire’s places and spaces.

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