The street tree planting program began in 2013 and aims to create shaded and more attractive residential streetscapes within the City of Stirling. It encourages residents to become custodians for their streetscape and play an active role in planting and caring for street trees.
The City would like to develop themed, consistent streetscapes or tree-lined avenues where possible and where appropriate. This usually means planting the most predominant street tree species which already exists in the street. The City prefers to plant native species where possible, as native trees have the best chance of survival and attract wildlife.
The City takes into account a number of factors when deciding which trees to plant. These include:
- Which tree species already exist in the street
- Whether power lines are positioned above the verge
- Proximity to the ocean
- The presence of natural reserves or parks nearby
- Available verge space.
Because street trees can live up to 100 years (and take one or two decades to mature), the City needs to plan for the long-term to create better streetscaping for future generations.
No, the provision of a street tree is included in your annual rates payment, unless it is related to a development approval.
The City will water your newly planted street tree once per week for the first two years. However, we do encourage you to play a key role in its ongoing care and survival. This may involve an additional deep watering once a week over the summer period.
You can request a single tree by phoning our Contact Centre. They will take your details and pass on your request to our tree services team for processing. All street trees are planted during the winter planting season between May to August.
Street trees are one of the City's most important assets. Extensive research into the benefits of street trees, both nationally and internationally has found that they:
- Provide safer and more comfortable environments, encouraging residents to walk more
- Reduce stress levels while improving our mental health and wellbeing
- Help to create liveable communities
- Improve property values
- Help to define the character of a neighbourhood
- Reduce air conditioning running costs
- Provide shade for footpaths and roads, extending their longevity and reducing repair costs
- Reduce the urban heat island effect
- Encourage biodiversity and wildlife.