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Greening the West - 1 Million Trees Project

The Greening the West 1 Million Trees project is funded by the Australian Government through the 20 Million Trees Programme.

Focused on Melbourne’s six western municipalities (Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham), the Greening the West of Melbourne 1 Million Trees project supports achievement of a vision of sustainable, liveable, healthy communities through urban and peri-urban greening.

The Greening the West 1 Million Trees project involves activities that support achievement of outcomes under the Australian Government's Green Army and 20 Million Trees programmes. The project will establish and manage up to one million trees and associated understorey of mixed native plantings in Melbourne’s west by the end of June 2017.

Aligned with strategies and plans issued under the powers of the Australian Government, Victorian Government, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, water utilities, and local governments, the project supports provision of a range of environmental services, such as temperature regulation, air quality improvements and carbon-dioxide storage, as well as improved habitat and catchment benefits that assist in creating a region of truly liveable communities.

The project involves a collaborative regional approach, fostering activities delivering increased vegetation and public use of quality green space. Each of the sub-projects will bring together the local knowledge and experience of councils, communities, including Indigenous communities, and natural resource managers. Local knowledge and expertise (including Indigenous knowledge) will be incorporated into the design and delivery of the Greening the West 1 Million Trees project, with project governance being meshed into proven accountability mechanisms, such as reporting via LeadWest’s Board, participating local governments and Parks Victoria, and the Greening the West Steering Committee.

A specific Greening the West 1 Million Trees Project Steering Group will be formed to oversee the project and access subject matter expertise as required from the wider alliance of organisations. Project site preparation activities will incorporate Green Army projects as well as works undertaken by the region’s local governments and other land managers, water management authority, roads authority, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, water utilities, and Landcare and “Friends of” groups.

Project seed and tube stock will be sourced (through application of required procurement processes) from local indigenous nurseries with a proven record of accomplishment, such as EcoDynamics of Keilor and Western Plains Flora of Wildwood.  Sustained outcomes will result from successful planting and a high “strike rate” ensuring plantings funded under the programme can be maintained for the long term.

Sub-projects within Greening the West of Melbourne 1 Million Trees project focus on each of the potential Nature Links within Melbourne’s west that are identified in the Regional Catchment Strategy. These parts of the landscape in Melbourne’s west are considered to offer major, realistic and highly valuable opportunities for creating large-scale vegetation corridors and improving landscape connectivity.

The sub-projects are:

  1. Werribee River Nature Link Enhancements
  2. Point Cook Coastal Park and Port Phillip Bay Western Shoreline Nature Link Enhancements
  3. Maribyrnong River Valley Nature Link Enhancements
  4. Kororoit Creek Nature Links and Brimbank Urban Environs Enhancements
  5. Toolern Creek and Melton Urban Environs Enhancements