Trees are an important element to creating liveable neighbourhoods. They can provide shade, cleaner air, lower urban temperatures, filter stormwater, support local wildlife and create visual character.
The draft Urban Tree Canopy Policy seeks to increase the number of urban trees by integrating greening principles within Council’s planning framework.
Improving the urban tree canopy is part of our commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment and the rural character of the area, a key objective of the Cessnock 2027 Community Strategic Plan.
The development of the policy is an action from the Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036.