The western region currently has the lowest tree canopy cover in Melbourne. Urban development that results in the loss of trees and vegetation causes average temperatures in these areas to increase.
This is known as the urban heat island effect, which impacts the health of both people and animals.
To help address this, the $5 million More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West Program will see more trees planted in Melbourne’s west over the next 2 years. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio announced the Phase 1 projects in October 2021.
Phase 2 of the program will begin in 2022, with all projects due to be completed by 30 June 2023.
|Delivery Partner||Project description|
|Brimbank City Council||Street tree planting across St Albans and Kings Park|
|Department of Transport||Boulevard style street tree planting along Sunshine Avenue, St Albans|
|Department of Transport||Tree planting along shared paths in Deer Park bypass freeway reserve, Derrimut|
|Hobsons Bay City Council||The planting of advanced trees along Skeleton Creek Trail, Altona|
|Hobsons Bay City Council||Tree planting projects with local friends groups in Kororoit Creek, Altona North and Newport Lakes, Newport|
|Hobsons Bay City Council||A boost in street tree planting across the City of Hobsons Bay|
|Maribyrnong City Council||Further tree planting on public land around parks, rivers and creeks in the City of Maribyrnong|
|Melbourne Water||Creating new woodlands at Cherry Lake, Altona|
|Melton City Council||A boost in tree planting along Little Blind Creek Reserve, Kurunjang|
|Melton City Council||A community tree planting project at Toolern Creek Regional Park, Strathtulloh|
|Melton City Council||A boost in street tree planting along major roads across the City of Melton|
|Moonee Valley City Council||Advanced tree planting in parks, reserves and streets across the City of Moonee Valley|
|Parks Victoria||Providing more shade for park visitors at Brimbank Park, Keilor|
|Parks Victoria||Providing more shade for park visitors at Werribee River Regional Park|
|Parks Victoria||Heritage tree replacement in the formal gardens at Werribee Park, Werribee|
|Parks Victoria||Providing more shade for park visitors at Maribyrnong Valley Parklands|
|Parks Victoria||Providing more shade for park visitors at Organ Pipes National Park|
|Wyndham City Council||More shade in local streets around schools across ten locations and additional planting across nine parks and reserves in the City of Wyndham|
Urban tree cover in Melboure 2018
Source: RMIT University et al. for DELWP, 2019
About the program
The program aims to plant trees in urban areas with the lowest tree canopy cover. This is a low-cost option to help address problems of the urban heat island effect as part of cooling and greening Melbourne.
Planting trees provides benefits including:
- increasing the urban forest and canopy cover for increased shading and cooling
- increasing biodiversity by planting a variety of tree sizes and species and contributing to wildlife corridors
- reducing urban temperatures by 10-25°C , which will help reduce heat-related illness and death
- helping clean the air by filtering pollutants and providing oxygen, as well as helping meet Victoria’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050
- providing more accessible green spaces for urban residents for recreation and amenity to increase connections with nature and improve mental and physical health
- improving stormwater management through increased filtering and reduced runoff.
Page last updated: 06/10/21