23 January 2020

Mayoral Column

Selected street trees have been planted in South Windsor and Bligh Park using a State Government grant of $12,500 and matching funding of $12,500 from Hawkesbury City Council. The funding will also enable follow-up management over the next 12 months.

It is hoped that the extra trees will help to offset the urban heat island effect created in Sydney by increased development to meet housing supply targets.

The Five Million Tree program will see five million trees planted in Sydney by 2030 under the $37.5 million NSW Government program.

Many councils throughout Australia have been implementing increased canopies for their regions over the years, including the Hawkesbury, so this is a welcome added initiative. With the increased rate of development across Sydney, research has found temperatures are increasing, so anything we can do to help cool the Greater Sydney region has to be a good thing.

The aim is to grow Greater Sydney's tree canopy by planting more trees in streets, parks, bushland areas neighbourhoods and schools, front and backyards. More tree canopy means cooler suburbs by reducing the heat island effect, more wildlife habitat, more shade and more desirable properties.

As part of the Five Million Tree program, free trees are also being given to people building new homes in western Sydney through the complying development approval process, as part of the Greenfield Housing Code. For more information about the Greenfield Housing Code, visit www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/greenfield-housing-code

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