Cambridge Park is set to become greener thanks to Penrith City Council securing $614,000 in funding to plant more than 1,800 trees across the suburb as part of the NSW Government’s Greening Our City grant program.
The trees will be planted along residential pathways and in recreational parks, including the Harold Corr Oval, across Cambridge Park. All trees used in the program have been specially grown in Council’s nursery, ensuring that they are well adapted to Penrith’s unique climate.
Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said the project is part of Council’s Cooling the City Strategy which identifies ways to cool the region to improve liveability and prioritise protection from heat for the community.
“We thank the NSW Government for this fantastic funding boost which will allow more trees to be planted across Cambridge Park, helping to increase canopy cover and address the impacts of urban heat,” said Cr Hitchen.
“Trees make a significant difference to our lives: they mean a cooler suburb, improved air quality, better public spaces and more habitat for our birds and wildlife,” she said.
“This is one of the many tree planting projects currently being undertaken by Penrith City Council across our region, and we’re proud to say that we’re committed to supporting our Council and community’s vision to grow a greener city.”
The project will include community consultation activities with residents and businesses commencing from April this year, with the tree planting due to start in autumn 2024.
For more information on Council’s tree planting projects, visit: www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/waste-environment/resilient-penrith/tree-planting
This project is part of the Greening our City grant program that is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW.