Five million native trees will be planted across Sydney in bold plans to make the city a greener and greater place to live.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced more than 380,000 trees will be planted every year until 2030, with another 15,000 trees to be given to people building homes in new land release areas in Western Sydney.
“With more people putting down roots in our suburbs, this tremendous initiative will improve everyone’s quality of life and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come,” she said.
“Sydney is growing, but growth should not come at a cost to the environment or local amenity.”
The plan will more than double the tree canopy in Sydney from 16.8 per cent at present to 40 per cent.
The announcement is part of the NSW Government’s new $290 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney package, including $100 million to secure strategic green space, $20 million to build more than 200 new or upgraded playgrounds and $30 million to open up 81 school ovals and playgrounds for public use during school holidays.
The NSW Government is supporting the new ‘Five Million Trees’ initiative with an initial $37.5 million in funding over four years.
Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said the money would be provided through an annual grants program that will assist tree planting initiatives across Greater Sydney.
“Planting more trees will contribute to the lowering of urban heat in Sydney and improve the environment for pedestrians at street level,” he said.
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the benefits from the new trees would reach beyond the communities where they are planted.
“Planting this many trees across Sydney is equivalent to taking about 355,000 cars off the road each year,” Ms Upton said.
The 15,000 trees being made available in Western Sydney will be given to people who obtain fast track complying development approval in new land release areas.
The complying development standards, which relate to issues such as building height and landscaping, have been tailored to ensure homes are well designed and protect the privacy and amenity of neighbourhoods.