Urban greening includes numerous forms of green cover, such as trees, shrubs and grass. It plays an important role in community health, ecosystem function and economic activity. The amount of urban greening is at risk of decline, mainly due to population growth, changing housing trends and infill development and the effects of climate change.
We've analysed land cover across the West Torrens area to better understand the amount and types of green cover (trees, shrubs and grass/bare earth) versus hard surfaces, changes experienced over time, and opportunities to protect and increase plantings. The study, 'Analysis of Green Cover' provides useful baseline information that can be used to measure changes in green cover and hard surfaces over time.
We acknowledge the important role urban vegetation plays in providing a mix of social, economic and environmental benefits for the community and we continue to seek opportunities to add more greening and undergo other initiatives aimed at shading and cooling West Torrens. These are outlined in the report 'Actions to Improve Green Cover'.
Cities with Nature program
The City of West Torrens has joined the Cities with Nature program as a Pioneer Council and in doing so will help co-design this global program to suit the needs of local conditions.
We acknowledge the importance of bringing nature into our cities so that we can improve the health and wellbeing of our community, cool urban heat and adapt to climate change, improve air and water quality and enhance the liveability and economic sustainability of West Torrens.
The Cities with Nature program is an international online platform designed to facilitate information across countries and organisations on the importance of bringing nature into cities.
It enables us to showcase our greening initiatives and achievements to others, while also providing us with valuable opportunities to learn from them.
Green Initiatives Program
The Green Initiatives Program is an overarching program of incentives aimed at encouraging environmentally sustainable behaviour across our community. As of July 2022 the program has been expanded to include two new rebates to promote Urban Greening: The Tree Incentive Rebate Program, and the Significant and Regulated Tree Assistance Rebate.
The Tree Incentive rebate provides an opportunity for local residents to receive a rebate on the purchase and planting of a shady tree to enhance shading and cooling of the private realm in West Torrens.
The Significant and Regulated Tree Assistance Rebate provides financial assistance for property owners/rate payers to take action that helps maintain their Significant/ Regulated tree.
These programs respond to the need to create a green and cool city to counteract the loss of trees and shading occurring in the private realm and to create a liveable city by building resilience to a drier climate with more heat waves.
To apply for a rebate visit Grants, donations, rebates and sponsorships.