Saturday, March 13, 2010

FRIDAY MARCH 19TH - BRISBANE - Presented by DAVID EVANS (Arborcentre UK)
with support from Lyndal Plant (BCC), Tony Cockram (GCCC) and Terra ARK

We are pleased to be hosting the upcoming CPD training seminar on this pertinent topic. With only a week to go, seating is almost booked to capacity and it looks like being an exciting day. We would like to thank everyone who has registered for the day. You will be rewarded with an informative and stimulating presentation that will put you ahead of your peers when it comes to understanding teh topic of trees and development.

The strong booking response from Local Government Authorities is, in our opinion, an indication that this topic is being taken seriously. Increasingly our awareness is growing in recognition of the important role that urban trees play in improving the quality of our lives through conferred environmental benefits and landscape amenity. The serious topics of climate change, population growth and predicted increases in urban densities, are highlighting the need to provide adequate consideration for green infrastructure and in particular, trees, within our cities and new developments.

Terra ARK predicts there will be upcoming changes to Local Government Planning Schemes and policies that reflect the recent introduction of AS4970. Since its introduction we have already seen changes in standard development conditions and reporting requirements that reflect the minimum requirements contained in this document.

The seminar will provide delegates with an opportunity to understand how to apply 'best practice' tree managment within their projects and how to work with AS4970. We will hear from David Evans about the UK experience of working with the similar British Standard for management of trees on construction sites. Lyndal Plant will provide insight into Brisbane City Councils requirements and tree policies, and Tony Cockram (GCCC) will enlighten us on the needs of the assessment officers. Terra ARK will present some case studies of our experience of working to find solutions for clients in retention of trees within development sites.

Discussion at the end of the day is likely to be heated and we are expecting the panel to field some curly questions. Hopefully this will provide us with some direction for topics for closer examination and elucidation at future seminars.