Maribyrnong gets greener with government grant
Published on 13 October 2021
The City of Maribyrnong will fast track greening efforts with a $250,000 State Government grant to plant more mature trees. The increased plantings will help create more green canopies and cooler outdoor spaces across the municipality.
The grant is part of the ‘More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West Initiative’ designed to see both mature and young trees planted to provide more shade and help keep our City healthy. Increased canopy coverage provides a range of environmental benefits which include reducing summer temperatures, reducing storm water run-off, providing habitat, capturing airborne pollutants and contributing to the wellbeing of the community. Council recognises the importance of drawing excess carbon and undertaking greening opportunities in our Climate Emergency Strategy 2020-2025.
To give them the best chance of survival, the trees will be planted this spring and next autumn in 19 locations across the city:
- plantings in Braybrook will take place at Ash Reserve, Cranwell Park, Hargreaves Crescent and Pritchard Reserve;
- plantings in Footscray will take place at Farnsworth Avenue, Newells Paddock, Beevers Street Reserve between Greer St and Jamieson Avenue in Footscray;
- plantings in Maribyrnong will take place at Pipemakers Park, two locations in Burndap Park, Chifley Drive Reserve, Maribyrnong;
- There’ll be plantings at three locations in Cruickshank Park, Yarraville and four locations along the banks of Stony Creek in addition to plantings along the Maribyrnong River escarpment in Braybrook.
Council plants 1,500 trees in streets and parks annually, as part of our Urban Forest Strategy. As part of the ‘More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West Initiative’, more than 30,000 trees will be planted across Melbourne.
Message from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke
We know these grants were hotly contested, so we are pleased to have been among the early recipients. Increased tree plantings contribute to an improved environment and healthy outcomes for our community. I look forward to joining our ‘Friends of’ groups to help in the upcoming community planting days.