Dear Friends of our trees and environment,
We have some recent successes that we all should all be proud of:
A National Award
The National Award was for a road that had just one tree… look at it now!
I took the photos 30 minutes ago… enjoy and invite you friends to see a shopping strip of national excellence.
The State Award: The City of Unley won the SA Award for Environment & Sustainability for our project
Have you looked on your rate notice to find you tree canopy coverage for your property? After a minute of searching I found ours in the main bill box in small dark print. Easy to find if you know what you are looking for!
2021 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards https://www.apsea.org.au/winners-finalists/
Aerometrex and the City of Unley won the SA Award for Environment & Sustainability for our project “Very high-resolution LIDAR-derived tree canopy change detection to explore financial measures to improve tree canopy cover on private land.” - in other words, the work we presented to you recently at a briefing which showed some of our analysis of LIDAR data.
The judges said “Aerometrex and the City of Unley successfully collaborated to create property-specific tree canopy change spatial data. A full urban forest assessment across the LGA was captured with LIDAR in 2021 to provide an updated tree canopy coverage, to be compared with a 2018 benchmark. The work greatly supports efforts to retain and increase urban canopy cover on both public and private land as we adapt to a warming climate. The City of Unley today has a better understanding of the tree canopy area, coverage, and change on which they can base policy decisions. The judges noted the benefits of having the data to communicate more effectively with the community on tree management.”
“Design King William” (i.e. our King William Rd rejuvenation project) was awarded the highest honour, the Award of Excellence for Urban Design.
The judges said:
“In terms of its aim of creating a “more beautiful street,” Design King William has undoubtedly succeeded. With a significant amount of new planting (including street trees), additional pedestrian safety and comfort outcomes, technical innovations and improved functionality, King William Road in inner-city Adelaide now shines as a main street. In awarding this project, the jury acknowledges the rigorous and collaborative process that has thoughtfully responded to the interests and ideas of stakeholders and the local community. Design King William stands out as an inspiring example of civic design and a great community achievement that is notable for the journey undertaken by all involved.”
Both awards reflect the efforts of staff to ‘go beyond’ and the importance of collaboration across the Council, as well as the support of the Elected Members in these initiatives.
I am certainly proud of our staff and their work on these projects.