Suburban Land Agency

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Artwork by Leilani Keen-Church

Paining by local artist Leilani Keen-Church

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As Australia’s 'bush capital', trees are the defining feature of our city. They are a key part of what makes Canberra the most liveable city in Australia.
As demand for housing in Canberra grows, so does our city’s urban footprint. More houses are also being built within the city’s existing footprint.

Without the right rules in place, Canberra could end up with fewer trees. But, in the face of a changing climate, trees are more important than ever. It’s about finding a balance.

Mature trees enhance our neighbourhoods by

  • keeping our streets cooler
  • reducing the need for air conditioning
  • increasing our community’s resilience to extreme weather events
  • improving property values.

Every tree in Canberra – both on public and private land – is part of our urban forest. The new laws have been developed to protect the forest that protects us.

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If you’re building a new home or redesigning your garden, consider how you can get more tree canopy into your space. Trees can provide shade for your home and a place for our local birds and bees to visit. Find the right tree for your garden in the Plant a Tree in Your Canberra Garden guide.