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Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment



Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest

Background and Terms of Reference

The Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, in December 2009, directed the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment to undertaking an investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest.

The Terms of Reference (pdf, 68Kb) are here.

The Commissioner was asked to report to the Minister on the investigation by 30 December 2010.

Government response to the report on Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest

The final report on the Tree Investigation was released on 30 March 2011 and contained 44 recommendations.  The Government response was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 16 February 2012 and agreed or agreed in principle with 40 of the 44 recommendations and sub-recommendations.

Report on the Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest

The Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Dr Maxine Cooper, has completed the Report on the Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest.

The final report on the Tree Investigation was released on 30 March 2011.

Download the Tree Investigation Report

Summary and Recommendations (pdf, 1.3Mb)

Part 1. Report (pdf, 4.4Mb)

Part 2.  Appendices

Vol 1 (Appendix A-E) (pdf, 2.4Mb)

Vol 2 (Appendix F) (pdf, 3.7Mb)

Vol 3 (Appendix G-N) (pdf, 3.2Mb)

Vol 4 (Appendix O) (pdf, 12.2Mb)

Vol 5 (Appendix P-U) (pdf, 4.8Mb)

Reference Panel

Reference Panel for the Investigation was established to assist the Commissioner.

Community Discussions

The Commissioner met in February with the community in forums in Ainslie and Manuka and a report is attached.

Bird Forum

On 19 February 2010, selected scientists, researchers, government officers, and members of environment, wildlife and ornithological organisations attended a Bird Forum organised to provide information for the Tree Investigation and the Canberra Nature Park Investigation.

Strategic Communication Workshop

On May 13-14 2010 the Commissioner ran the Tree Investigation Strategic Communications Workshop involving some of the community members and experts who had made submissions to the Tree Investigation or attended the public forums. The workshop utilised a deliberative democracy technique to discuss a) communication and information; and b) tree management policies and practices.

The Strategic Communications Workshop Report (pdf, 696Kb) covers the workshop process.

The ANU analysis of Strategic Communications Workshop (pdf, 2.1Mb) discusses the opinion charting of participants.

Community Information Papers 

To inform the Tree Investigation the following papers have been prepared by consultants and are being posted for community information.

The Solar Access paper (pdf, 2.7Mb), prepared by Purdon and Associates, looks at tree management and solar access across the ACT.

The Report on the sustainable re-use of timber from felled urban trees in the ACT (pdf, 528Kb), prepared by Ian Macarthur, Farm Forestry Consulting, looks at options for reusing timber.

The paper A Management Framework for Important Trees in the ACT (pdf, 229Kb), was prepared for the Commissioner by consultants from CB Richard Ellis. 

Funding options for protecting the environment through enhanced management actions by Ms Lisa Miller, Miller Consulting (pdf, 258Kb).

Please send any comments on the issues raised in the papers via envcomm@act.gov.au.  

Report on the Dangerous and Hazardous Tree Program

This report was prepared in response to the Chief Minister’s request for early advice on the Government’s Dead and Hazardous Tree Removal program.

The Commissioner's report (pdf, 2.7Mb) was prepared in response to the Chief Minister’s request for early advice on the Government’s Dead and Hazardous Tree Removal program.

The Government's response to the report with attachments (pdf, 2.1Mb) includes agreement to all seven recommendations in the Commissioner’s report. 

 

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