In recognition of the need to preserve and enhance the unique qualities of the Blacktown Local Government Area (LGA), particularly those contributing to its rich environmental heritage, Blacktown City Council, at its ordinary meeting of 30th January 1985, resolved that a Register of Significant Trees be established.
At that time it was considered a comprehensive Register of Significant Trees would enable Council to better formulate appropriate management practices for the conservation of significant individual trees, groups of trees and landscapes. The information gathered would also be used to raise public awareness of trees in the community, addressing issues such as the need for protection, care and management.
The Register of Significant Trees was subsequently developed to recognise and record trees of special importance to the City, to create awareness of their contribution to the aesthetic, cultural, historic and natural fabric, improve their management, encourage their protection and where possible extend their lifespan.
The Register, although originally known as the Register of Significant Trees, was updated by Council in the review of Development Control Plan 1992 to include all forms of vegetation and is now known as the Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation. Importantly, the Register works in conjunction with State and Commonwealth legislation together with Council's suite of existing planning controls in the conservation of trees, vegetation and heritage.
Nominations for the Register were last formally updated in 1994. At that time there were 17 properties containing 181 trees listed on the Register. Since 1994 additional trees (more than 250) have been nominated, assessed and held for inclusion in the Register.
The Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation is not a static list of specimens, but rather is ever changing as trees mature over time, become relevant to the community, senesce and ultimately die.
Additionally, the concept of heritage and significance is always changing and the way that people interact and assign value to their surrounding environment. For example immature trees of little historic or aesthetic value today may in time achieve great significance and value to the community (Landarc 1991).
Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation has subsequently been updated to reflect changes in legislation, planning controls, current best practise, new technology and Council's corporate structure. The purpose of the review is to establish not only a 'schedule of trees' but a management framework that will enable the identification, conservation and management of significant trees and vegetation in the longer term.
is intended the Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation becomes a 'living' document that is both responsive to change and embraced by the community.
The Blacktown City Council Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation Final Report is available below.