The NSW Government is making close to $10 million available to councils across Greater Sydney to help supercharge tree-planting efforts.
The Member for Willoughby Tim James said the funding, from the Greening our City program, aimed to support councils and communities in work to make their areas greener and cooler.
“This latest round of funding has the potential to provide enormous long-term benefits in terms of providing shade and reduce the effects of urban heat. We’ve seen previous tree-planting projects across the Willoughby electorate deliver hundreds of trees, which is already having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our community,” Mr James said.
The funding, which all 33 Greater Sydney councils can apply for, will go towards buying and delivering new trees and green cover, as well as equipment like mulch and stakes.
The Greening our City program supports the Premier’s Priorities of delivering more green, open and public space, and increasing tree canopy across Greater Sydney.
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the latest round of funding was an important tool in ensuring long-running gains in planting trees continued.
“We are set to hit our one million tree goal ahead of schedule, and that incredible effort has proven the enthusiasm of our communities to work together and get planting for the benefit of all,” Mr Roberts said.
“This latest round of funding will help keep that momentum going as we continue to ensure Greater Sydney is cooler, greener and continues to be a great place to live for years to come.
Mr Roberts said the funding followed recent setbacks with some planting projects and newly vegetated areas having been affected by flooding and severe weather.
“Councils and communities affected have shown great resilience to get their existing projects back on track recently with funding support from the program.
“This latest round will be available to fund new planting projects to increase Sydney’s expanding canopy range even further.”
The funding will be administered by Local Government NSW and the Department of Planning and Environment, and all Greater Sydney Councils are encouraged to apply by 21st of November.
For more information visit: www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/greeningourcitygrants