Rally For Leafy Canopy
TEC's SOS Green Spaces campaign is growing! The need to protect Woollahra's impressive urban tree canopy featured in a motion passed by the Council this week, reinforcing tomorrow's early morning rally outside local MP and Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton's office on New South Head Road.
"The SOS Green Spaces campaign is spreading to local councils with Woollahra Council passing a resolution opposing draft NSW govt laws, based on the fact that more than 80% of the area's residents value the trees highly."
Councillor Matthew Robertson noted that the suburb's tree canopy is 40,000 strong, comparable to a state forest, and includes street trees, public parks, bushland and two national parks. The council is actively promoting the preservation of green open space with its recently adopted Street Tree Masterplan and Biodiversity Plan.
Council agreed that the NSW Government's Urban Vegetation Scheme, on exhibition till June 21, will pose a significant risk to Woollahra's ability to protect and retain its urban tree canopy and open green space. TEC has pointed out that the law will legitimise cash payments by developers for tree clearing.
"TEC is also meeting with councils who are proposing to alienate or sell local parks, to lobby for their protection," said Mr Angel. "Woollahra Council has set a great example with its proactive protection of the area's greatest natural asset."
In summer Woollahra's famous tree canopy makes the streets a charming oasis several degrees cooler than many other parts of Sydney, and also provides birds and other wildlife with a home through out the colder months.
What Can You Do?
- Join us at the rally, 8.30 am, June 15th, 333 New South Head Road, Double Bay. See You There!
- Join The SOS Green Spaces campaign