Sydney is becoming greener with 500,000 trees planted, edging closer to the Premier’s Priority of planting one million trees by 2022.
The 500,000th tree was planted by Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes today at Bungarribee Park, where the Minister announced the latest $10 million round of the Greening our City grant program for Sydney’s councils to plant trees.
“Our vision is for a city within a park, where people can walk or cycle to world-class public green spaces framed by trees,” Mr Stokes said.
“We’ve brought the latest round of the $10 million Greening our City grant program forward to take advantage of the better planting conditions as a result of the La Nina weather pattern.”
“We know how valuable tree cover is for lowering heat, providing shade and enhancing our neighbourhoods, and by planting the 500,000th tree we are well on our way to meeting our target of one million.
“The Greening our City program has been a great success in delivering greener, safer and cooler urban environments while also progressing innovation projects.”
The program advances the Premier’s Priority of Greening Our City, announced in June 2019, to increase tree canopy and green cover by planting one million trees in Greater Sydney by 2022. The priority is part of the Five Million Trees Program, which aims to plant five million trees in Greater Sydney by 2030.
Greater Sydney councils can submit grant applications until 14 April. The grant program is being administered by Local Government NSW on behalf of the Department. Successful applicants will be notified in May.
Program details, and previous recipients, are available on the Greening our City grants web page.