Many Councils are developing new policies for their urban forest, with a focus on increasing canopy cover, species diversity and improved tree management.  As Councillors and senior management develop a greater understanding of the importance of trees and a desire to act, it is critical that momentum is maintained for the delivery of policy objectives.

So, where do you start with implementing a policy? And how do you deliver what’s been promised?

This presentation aims to assist Council staff or external contractors by outlining the key considerations of moving from policy to practice; including how to deliver the policy objectives, setting standards, different delivery model options and the budget bid / cycle.

Karen Sweeney

Karen is the Urban Forest Manager for the City of Sydney Council. Karen has worked in local government for over 20 years in all aspects of tree management; from operations and tree assessments, through to contract management and policy development. She has technical qualifications in Arboriculture, Landscape Design and Parks and Gardens, and has completed a Master in Business Administration.

In the last 14 years Karen has been strategically managing the City of Sydney’s urban forest and the City’s tree management team. During this time she has led the development and implementation of the City’s Urban Forest Strategy, Tree Management Policy, Street Tree Master Plan, 19th Century Park Tree Management Plans and the Register of Significant Trees. Karen is responsible for the direction of Sydney's urban forest in a physically and politically challenging environment.and arboriculture.