Lockyer receives a leafy makeover image

15 June 2017

The City of Albany’s Urban Tree Strategy has firmly planted its roots in the streets of Lockyer with about 130 trees planted this week.

The Strategy adopted by Council last month aims to expand, protect and manage trees in Albany’s urban environment and will assist the City to engage and educate the community about the social, economic and environmental benefits of trees.

As part of the work to create the Strategy, the City carried out an audit of trees across Albany which identified Lockyer, Orana, McKail, Yakamia and Spencer Park as having the lowest street tree populations.

City of Albany Environmental Sustainability Officer Mary Holt said increasing trees in our urban environment would create a sense of identity and character within the suburbs as well as help to improve air quality and mental wellbeing.

"We have consulted with the Lockyer Action Network and community members within Lockyer to prioritise the streets where the trees were planted, as well as encourage community support of the project," Ms Holt said.

"Native trees were the preferred choice and we provided residents of Lockyer with the choice of three species, Peppermint Tree, Red Flowering Gum or Paperbarks.

"The planting has been received well by Lockyer residents and we look forward to working with other suburbs to increase the number of street trees."

The Urban Tree Strategy can be viewed here http://albany.wa.gov.au/download/12109