Barbara Meldrum

Barbara Meldrum

Strategic Project Officer, City of Perth

Barbara is a town planner and urban designer who has worked in the public and private sector both in Australia and overseas. She has over 20 years experience in strategic planning and the development and implementation of urban design policy and guidance in a capital city context. In her current role as a strategic project officer in the Co-ordination and Design Unit at the City of Perth she is responsible for the development and implementation of the City's first Urban Forest Plan.


Harnessing the Potential of the Urban Forest to Promote City Liveability - City of Perth Urban Forest Plan

Urban forests deliver a range of well documented environmental, social and economic benefits to the community and are increasingly recognised as indispensable assets in the creation of liveable cities and in helping to promote community health and well being. However, growing and managing a healthy and resilient urban forest is not without its challenges, with city streets and spaces creating harsh growing environments for trees.

The City of Perth adopted its Urban Forest Plan in late 2016. Using an evidence-based approach it sets out a clear vision, goals and objectives to promote the urban forest's long-term health and resilience and maximise its contribution to urban liveability and community well being. The plan promotes an adaptive, whole of forest management approach and seeks to raise community awareness and appreciation of the many benefits delivered by urban trees.

Since the Plan's adoption nearly 1,000 additional trees have been planted in streets and spaces as part of the City's infill planting program.

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"I'm going to seek new ideas and learn from experience of other projects to constantly improve the way we manage our parks and open space . I'm looking forward to learning more around Parks & Open Space, Healthy Active Play and Trees and Gardens"

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