The delivery of tree maintenance and related services can have a major impact on the success of urban forest strategies and policies that a Council may have. Local government can’t do it alone, we often need to form and maintain good relationships with contractors and consultants to get the outcomes we need.

So what is a contract relationship and why is it important? This presentation will explore strategies for building lasting productive relationships with service providers, how to empower a contractor to deliver on policy objectives whilst also managing risk, and the strategies that can be used when writing specifications to get the most from your tree management budget.

Phillip Julian

Phillip is the Senior Tree Contract Coordinator at the City of Sydney Council. Phillip has 18 years’ experience in park and tree management for local government in NSW.  He has a BSc. in Urban Horticulture and diplomas in Arboriculture and Business Management.

For the last 10 years Phillip has been responsible for the delivery of tree maintenance services for the City of Sydney; including tree inspection, removal, planting, and maintenance programs. He provides technical arboricultural advice within a challenging inner city environment, and has also become a specialist in the development of contract and asset management systems, including the use of data to support specification and policy development.