Mayor's Message - Autumn 2021
It's no secret that I have a passion for trees, and my garden at home is crowded with a mix of native plants and exotic tree species like Maple. Because of the healthy tree canopy, over 38 species of birds have made my backyard home, with everything from the smallest wrens to the biggest honeyeater.
Many people have been talking to me about trees lately, and it's clear that the community is calling for more around our city. Urban greening is important for our physical and mental wellbeing and keeps our urban areas cool.
Council is always working towards planting more trees in Maitland, and with programs like the Community Street Tree Planting Program Council plants or gives away, on average, just under 5,000 trees each year. There is even a plan to use technology to map all our vegetation, which will be followed by community engagement, that will be used to help us track our improvements in the future.
I look forward to what this year brings, what bird species make their home in my backyard and our journey as a community towards a greener Maitland.
- Mayor, Cr Loretta Baker