More trees are coming to Brimbank.
The Victorian Government has just announced the next round of grants and locations for 180,000 trees as part of the More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West program, adding to over 30,000 already planted since spring last year.
Five million dollars will be spent to plant mature and young trees outside schools, along trails, in parks and on residential streets, across six local council areas including Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.
More than 23,000 tubestock and 205 advanced trees will be planted by Brimbank Council under the program at sites across Brimbank, including at local schools.
Western Melbourne has the lowest tree canopy cover in metropolitan Victoria. In 2018 there was just 5.5 per cent of urban tree coverage in Melbourne in 2018, compared to 17.4 per cent in the inner south-east and 25.9 per cent in the east.
Tree coverage reduces urban temperatures by 10-25°C, filters pollution and provides oxygen, helping reduce heat-related illness and death.
For many years, Brimbank Council has advocated strongly for a greater greening of Melbourne’s west and this program will provide more shade and cooler green spaces for families in Melbourne’s west to enjoy for generations to come.