The City of Moreland is in the process of reviewing its policies on the urban landscape, including its regulations governing what can be planted in nature strips. Currently there are strict guidelines which prohibit residents from planting trees in their nature strips. But other Councils have recently opened up their guidelines to allow productive trees in nature strips. For example, here are three passages from the City of Yarra guidelines:
- ‘The City of Yarra recognises the importance of urban agriculture in supporting community sustainability, especially in times of changing climate and the myriad of associated issues such as food security due to diminishing oil supplies.’
- ‘Planting productive trees is considered by Council to be an effective, means of inspiring and enabling community food production in the City of Yarra by generating environmental, social and economic wellbeing from the ground up – created for and by local people.’
- ‘There are terrific social and physical benefits in being able to access safe public spaces to grow food and share fresh produce.’
The City of Moreland is currently seeking submissions from the community on their guidelines, and I (Samuel Alexander) have just drafted and submitted a policy proposal which can be read here. The aim is to convince Moreland to adopt something similar to the Yarra guidelines. I’ll keep you posted, and please feel free to make your own submissions.
There are a few more projects bubbling under the surface, including another film screening – tentatively booked for 20 May, 3.30pm. This might be a good opportunity for more of us to meet up and exchange ideas and visions. There are also various other relocalisation projects in the pipeline – more information soon.
I look forward to seeing some of you at an event soon and building some momentum. If you have a project you would like to get underway or promote, please be in touch by leaving a comment below.