Hawkesbury City Council has won a $382,000 Greening Hawkesbury grant from the NSW Government to plant 301 trees.
As well as buying the trees the grant will be used to install new irrigation pipework to supply Church Street Reserve, South Windsor with recycled water from Council’s South Windsor Sewage Treatment Plant. Greening Hawkesbury
The trees will be planted across the suburbs of Bligh Park, Hobartville, South Windsor and Windsor, along with a 12 month maintenance and watering program to establish the trees.
Hawkesbury Mayor Councillor Patrick Conolly said the funding will increase tree cover and create cooler suburbs.
“Increasing the tree canopy within our community will provide more green areas for an active, healthy and cooler environment,” Mayor Conolly said. Greening Hawkesbury
“Trees improve air quality, increase biodiversity, and remove carbon dioxide from the air, so this will help to lower our greenhouse gas emissions.
“This links in well with Council’s Net Zero Emissions and Water Efficiency Strategy under the actions addressing greener suburbs, better design and drought resilient, green centres,” Mayor Conolly said.
When announcing the grant success, State Member for Hawkesbury, Ms Robyn Preston acknowledged that quality green and open public spaces are important to everyone.
“This is an excellent initiative to boost the number of trees in Hawkesbury to make it an even more comfortable and vibrant place for the community to enjoy,” she said.
The aim of the program is to plant 1 million trees by 2022. For details visit www.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/greening-our-city