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Media Release: Celebrating the one millionth tree for Melbourne's West

An ambitious plan to green the western suburbs of Melbourne by planting 1 million trees has come full circle.

Greening The West 1 Million Trees (GTW 1MT) project secured $5 million funding from the Federal Government’s 20 Million Trees program.

The planting of the 1 millionth tree will take place along lower Kororoit Creek in Altona; a key site which has been transformed with trees.

This memorable occasion will take place next Friday 19th October – nearby where the first tree was planted in 2015.

The GTW 1MT project brought together a working group with members through LeadWest, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority including City West Water (CWW), community groups, local councils and government authorities who delivered multiple tree planting projects across multiple sites including parks, reserves and key waterways.

LeadWest CEO Craig Rowley said he was delighted with the outcome for the thousands of residents and businesses that call the western suburbs of Melbourne home.

“Many areas in the western suburbs have suffered as a result of minimal vegetation, and this initiative has been addressing that imbalance, delivering positive outcomes for the community,” said Mr Rowley.

“It’s a legacy to be proud of.”

The baseline average canopy cover for urban Victoria is 18.83%, while the western suburbs of Melbourne have less than 10% canopy cover on average.

Increasing the numbers of trees in Melbourne’s west adds ecological value to parks, restoring creek corridors and enhancing open spaces. It delivers real benefits to the community through increased tree canopy cover for climate change adaptation and urban cooling initiatives.

City West Water’s Managing Director, David Ryan said, the 1MT project was a unique opportunity to shape and improve environmental outcomes.

“The 1 Million Trees Project has made visible, substantial and wide-ranging improvements to the liveability, sustainability, health and wellbeing of Melbourne’s west now and for the future,” said Mr Ryan.

City West Water planted 10,000 trees across key sites including 6,000 trees at our West Werribee Salt Reduction Plant site to support the project.

The 1MT project was launched in May 2015 with a goal of planting 1 million trees by 2018, a milestone which will be celebrated by community members and LeadWest, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority partners including City West Water, Brimbank(BCC), Hobsons Bay (HBCC), Maribyrnong (MCC), Melton (MCC), Moonee Valley (MVCC), Wyndham (WCC) and Moorabool (MSC) Shire Councils’, Western Water (WW), Melbourne Water (MWC) and Parks Victoria (PV), VicRoads (VR) and numerous Friends groups.

Mr Rowley said the 1 MT project was a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the community to drastically improve liveability and health outcomes in the western metropolitan region.

Event details:

When: Friday 19 October 2018
Time: 10am – 11am
Where: Kororoit Creek via 50 Marsh Street, Altona North (behind the Bocce Club, access off Blackshaws Road Altona
Photo opportunity: LeadWest CEO, Craig Rowley and Geoff Mitchelmore OAM, President of the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek will be planting the millionth tree.

About Greening The West

  • Greening the West (GTW) is a regional initiative that aims to enable sustainable, liveable, healthy communities through urban greening in Melbourne’s west.
  • Greening the West (GTW) is an alliance of 22 local government, water authorities, government agencies, local industry and community representatives.
  • GTW actively supports projects and activities that deliver increased vegetation and improve the quality and useability of green spaces for residents. 
  • The GTW Steering Committee has committed to a number of regional strategic goals including doubling tree canopy cover in the west by 2050.
  • City West Water is a proud partner who led the Greening the West initiative, together developing a strategy for greening Melbourne's west.
  • Awarded Federal and State funding for ground breaking projects, are connecting water to open spaces and engaging our local community to be involved.

Media Contact:

Anushia Bleazby, City West Water, Communications and Community Relations Manager
Mobile: 0432 795 337
Email: anushia.bleazby@citywestwater.com.au

Daniel Brace, City West Water, Media Advisor
Phone: 0412 806 034
Email: daniel.brace@ciytwestwater.com.au