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Cooling Our Neighbourhoods

Cities are full of roofs and roads which trap significantly more heat than green spaces. The heat retained in these impermeable surfaces make our neighbourhoods even hotter during heatwaves particularly at night in a phenomenon known as Urban Heat Island Effect.

Brimbank is highly vulnerable to heat island effect as more than 60% of our municiplity is covered in impermeable surfaces such as roads, carparks, house roofs and footpaths. 

A simple way to begin to reduce heat in our neighbourhoods is to use nature – trees and other vegetation provide shade and cool the air, as well as a wealth of other benefits.

We want to hear about what you see as the most important benefits of trees and also the types of trees you would like to plant in your garden.

​Find out more about the range of benefits provided by trees HERE