20 Million Trees Programme puts down roots in Great Southern
The Australian Government’s commitment to plant 20 million trees across Australia by 2020 is rolling out in the Great Southern with four large-scale tree-planting projects getting the green light.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said CO2 Australia and Greening Australia will partner with local communities to plant more than 630,000 trees.
“This is a major boost for conservation and for the many local people who are committed to extending, connecting and improving the condition of green spaces in our area,” Mr Wilson said.
“Green spaces connect communities to the environment and improve the liveability of our towns and cities. Great Southern residents are passionate about protecting their environment and I am proud the Australian Government is delivering on an initiative that will provide valuable benefits to the environment and for our local community.”
This 20 Million Trees Programme investment will support the following projects in the Great Southern:
• Strategic revegetation in the central fragmented zone of Gondwana Link on the South Coast of WA; and
• Ridgefield, UWA future farm: demonstrating ecosystem and biodiversity management;
• Fitzgerald Biosphere WA – reconnecting and protecting with targeted revegetation; and
• Stirling Range National Park to Fitzgerald River National Park – landscape-scale restoration in Gondwana Link.
The 20 Million Trees initiative is an important part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said the 20 Million Trees Programme is a key election commitment, providing $50 million over four years to deliver tree planting projects across Australia.
“I look forward to seeing these trees—and the millions to follow under this programme—grow into green corridors and urban forests that will provide benefits to the environment and to local communities.”
More information is available at www.nrm.gov.au/20-million-trees