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Greening the West wins Premier’s Sustainability Award

The Greening the West project has taken out top honours at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for delivering an extensive program of urban greening across Melbourne’s west.

The project was awarded the Environmental Protection Award in Melbourne on Thursday, 10 October for its work in driving positive liveability outcomes through a network of new green open spaces.

City West Water was one of 15 government and community organisations to fund the partnership project. Working together with over 4500 volunteers and 100 private landowners, the project saw 1,072,320 trees planted over three years in Melbourne’s west.

This included participating in 61 community events and tree planting days, to improve 320 parks, reserves, open spaces, roadsides and private land, spanning 1,755 hectares.

Urban green spaces promote positive health and social outcomes, reducing exposure to air pollution and excessive heat.

Thanks to Greening the West, these outcomes have been delivered in a region that experiences warmer daytime temperatures than other parts of Melbourne and boasts some of the fastest population growth in Australia.

Visit the Greening the West website to learn more.