Lord Mayor’s growing plan to shade Brisbane streets
Monday, 29 October 2012
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s vision for a clean and green city continues to grow, with 50 per cent of Brisbane’s residential footpaths and cycle ways to be shaded by trees under a new environment initiative.
Acting Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said this year Council had allocated $1.1 million towards the project, kicking it off by planting 3,500 trees across 18 suburbs.
He said the Neighbourhood Shadeways project would lead to cooler, greener and lower emission neighbourhoods.
“This project is part of the Lord Mayor’s vision for a cleaner and greener city, and will deliver trees along shade-hungry pathways in residential areas,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Footpaths and bikeways shaded by trees can be up to seven degrees cooler than unshaded pathways, making walking and cycling more attractive and comfortable.
“When more people walk and ride rather than always use their cars, that means less car travel – so less greenhouse and other gas emissions.”
Cr Schrinner said a wide range of tree species would be planted, including native shade trees Ivory Curl, Tulipwood, Tuckeroo, Hoop Pines, Flame Trees, Figs, Silky Oaks, Lillypillys and Weeping Myrtles.
“Council’s target is to establish a street tree population of 610,000 by 2026, compared to the current tree population of 575, 000 – that’s an increase from 35 per cent to 50 per cent tree shade along residential footpaths and cycle ways,” he said.
Cr Schrinner encouraged residents to let Council know where they would like more trees planted along paths.
“Have your say about where you think the city needs more shady street trees by completing the Street Tree Planting feedback at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘tree feedback form’, or for more information contact Council on 3403 8888,” he said.
A further $1.1 million each year for the next three years has been allocated by Council for the project.