Philip Hewett, City of Newcastle NSW Background In the early 1930’s the industrial city of Newcastle NSW, encouraged by Mayor Ald C J Parker, began extensive planting of trees, especially Hills Weeping Fig, to ameliorate the environmental and visual impacts of its mining and steel making industries. Some of the inner city streets were planted with…

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Philip Hewett, Arborist (Casual) City of Newcastle The Newcastle City Council Tree Asset Management System (TAMS) records 109,000 street and park trees of which 1217 are the Hills Fig (Ficus microcarpa var Hilli). The Hills Fig public tree population comprises 832 semi-mature trees and 374 mature trees. The majority of the mature trees were planted between…

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Philip Hewett, City of Newcastle, NSW Australia INTRODUCTION In 2006 the NSW Local Government Association (LGA) policy working group chaired by Newcastle City Councilor Ian McKenzie recommended the association apply for an Environmental Trust grant to establish a program promoting urban forestry to local government. At this time the working group also moved to sponsor me…

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Philip Hewett, City Arborist, City of Newcastle NSW Introduction My 2003 essay, ‘As We Think – So We Manage’, considered how influential language was in shaping response to tree-infrastructure interactions. For government, insurers, utilities and many ‘asphalt-hardened’ engineers, tree removal was the first rather than the last consideration. In the words of architect and author Robin…

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Philip Hewett – Project Coordinator (Temp) – City Greening and Urban Forest Policy Newcastle City Council, NSW Clark and Matheny  published a model of urban forests sustainability in 1997 1 – I recall reading the article and thinking how far removed we were in Australia from such holistic tree management thinking – that was 1997…

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Phillip Hewett – Newcastle City Council This paper discusses risk management as it applies to urban amenity trees. My purpose is not to set out a particular authority’s model for review or to explain what risk management is – that has been extremely well covered in recent years – rather, it is to explore the…

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Philip Hewett – City Arborist , Newcastle City INTRODUCTION Eleven years ago, Canberra hosted the Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation’s first national tree seminar titled, Trees: Management Issues for Urban Australia (RAIPR 1991). I distilled these three key points for my tree care students at the time: The value of urban amenity trees…

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