In 2017, RMIT and CAUL Hub researchers published a report called, Where Should All The Trees Go?. This report compared canopy levels, overlaid with urban heat and socio-economic (SEIFA) data, to provided an overall vulnerability indicator. The report took those findings and showed how each state rated in either their vulnerability to losing green space, or their success in creating more green space. 

Here's how NSW rated. 

key statistics

2009*

2016

outcomes

Tree Canopy Cover This means the amount of shade that is created by trees. 

27.47%

26.64%

0.83% Loss

Shrub Cover  Landscaped vegetation as well as bushland, shrubs, crops and grapevines.

7.01%

7.2%

0.19% Gain

Grass Cover Cleared road sides, lawns, pastures, sites cleared for development and sporting grounds.

25.73%

23.36%

2.37% Loss

Hard Surface Asphalt, buildings, car parks, footpaths, sandy beaches, train lines, rocky coastlines and water.

39.8%

42.8%

3.0% Increase

On the heat vulnerability index, NSW is moderately vulnerable

GAINS OR LOSSES OF CANOPY COVER IN NSW LGAS BETWEEN 2009 AND 2016

HERE’S HOW COUNCILS WITHIN NSW RATE WHEN IT COMES TO VULNERABILITY TO HEAT

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