Quality green spaces and a million more trees for NSW

Published: 25 Jun 2019

The NSW Government will create more quality green spaces and increase the tree canopy in Sydney by 2022.

Two of the new Premier’s Priorities will focus on improving the environment. The first priority aims to increase the number of homes in towns and cities within a reasonable walking distance of quality green, open and public space.

The second priority will aim to increase the tree canopy in Sydney by planting a million trees across Sydney by 2022.

More trees will provide communities with more shade, cooler suburbs, more oxygen and better urban environments.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said planting trees and creating new parks is just as important as building new roads, rail lines, schools and hospitals.

“Green and public open spaces should be accessible to everyone across the state, no matter where they live,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the program will contribute to the government’s long-term target of planting five million trees by 2030.

“We’re backing councils like Campbelltown City Council to increase the tree canopy cover across Sydney through funding and support,” Mr Stokes said.

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