'It's unacceptable': Canberra is losing 3000 trees a year

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Subject: 'It's unacceptable': Canberra is losing 3000 trees a year
From: Megan Mears <>
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2019 03:57:38 +0000
Good to see that COG were consulted for this article, even though it's not great news.

For Canberrans willing to add their names, there's a new e-petition in response to this article. Select 'current e-petitions' from the link below.

I've copied the text from the body of the petition below. I don't know the person who started it, but if they are a COG member, I say good on you. I hope many COG members will consider signing and sharing. 

Megan Mears

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that street and park trees in our established suburbs are declining by around 3,000 a year because the ACT Government’s replanting program is inadequate.

Worse, the last report on this issue, from 7 years ago, showed that our streets and parks need 40,000 trees to fill gaps where trees are missing and to replace dead and dying trees.

Canberra’s urban trees are loved by the Canberra community. They provide shade to keep our suburbs cool in summer and are important for native birds and animals.

Trees will be even more important in future as our climate gets hotter. Planting trees now is an investment in the future of our city.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to request the ACT Government to plant an extra 7,000 trees a year to reverse the decline, and begin restoring the city’s tree canopy.

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