Team Leader - Urban Forest and Ecology, City of Melbourne

David Callow leads the multi-disciplinary Urban Forest and Ecology team at the City of Melbourne. The Urban Forest and Ecology team is responsible for implementing the world-recognised Urban Forest and Nature in the City Strategies.

Prior to joining the City of Melbourne, David was self-employed as an Arboricultural and Landscape Consultant and has worked in Landscape Horticulture for two decades. David has qualifications within the fields of Horticulture, Arboriculture and Natural Resource Management.

Presentation Summary: The City of Melbourne manages less than 25% of the total area of the municipality.  Whilst there are well established strategies for public land, the pressures of development, climate change and an increasing population mean that the protection and enhancement of the urban forest within private property is more important than ever.  David will discuss some of the initiatives that the City of Melbourne has implemented to increase greening on private property and some of the current and emerging challenges.