Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

20 Million Trees Programme to roll out across Swan

Media Release- December 18

 As part of the latest round of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees programme, a project at Kensington Bushland will soon roll out in Swan.

Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Swan was one of a number of communities that will share in $5 million to help roll out 64 local tree planting projects across the country that will particularly focus on protecting habitat for threatened native species.20 million trees

“These latest 20 Million Trees projects will see an additional 1.3 million native trees planted around the country putting us well on target to achieve our goal of planting  20 million trees by 2020,” Minister Hunt said.

“These trees and other plants will contribute to re-establishing native vegetation, providing habitat to support threatened plants and animals, and creating greener spaces to improve the liveability of our cities and towns.”

Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons congratulated the East Metropolitan Regional Council on successfully bringing a 20 Million Trees project to the Swan community.

“It is great to see how positively our community has embraced this opportunity to plant trees and contribute to real environmental benefits their own backyards,” Mr Irons said.

“This funding is going to where the action is – to Landcare and community groups, individuals and organisations who will plant native trees that will help our threatened species.”

“I am looking forward to seeing these trees – and the millions to follow under this programme – grow into green corridors and urban forests,” Minister Hunt said.

The 20 Million Trees initiative is an important part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

The project at Kensington Bushland will see a partnership established with a local Aboriginal group to revegetate the site with native trees and understory species to connect an adjacent bush forever site.

More information on the programme and the successful projects is available at www.nrm.gov.au/20-million-trees

 

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