Chance to turn City greener

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE will have the chance to get their hands dirty plant­ing $100,000 worth of na­tive trees in the City of Cock­burn over the next three years as part of the Get Plant­ing Cock­burn project.

The project will al­low res­i­dents to add up to 4000 ex­tra trees and shrubs to the lo­cal land­scape, over and above the 10ha al­ready ear­marked for plant­ing by the City un­til 2020.

En­vi­ron­ment man­ager Chris Beaton said the project was made pos­si­ble with a $100,000 grant from the Lo­cal Projects Lo­cal Jobs fund ad­min­is­tered by the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions via Kwinana MLA and Deputy Premier Roger Cook.

Parks and en­vi­ron­ment man­ager An­ton Lees said the sub­stan­tial plant­ings by lo­cal res­i­dents would help them im­prove the health and well­be­ing of their own com­mu­nity, with the first of six projects set down for June along the Coogee coast.

This large project will be held across five days, with com­mu­nity vol­un­teers green­ing along coastal walk­ing and cy­cle paths be­tween North Coogee and Wood­man Point, pro­vid­ing shade to trail users and fauna alike.

In July, plants favoured by en­dan­gered cock­a­toos and other na­tive birdlife will be planted on the east­ern side of Bi­bra Lake and at a cocky gar­den in Good­will Park, Atwell.

In 2019-20 projects will in­crease the green canopy at Mac­faull Park in Spear­wood, sec­tions of the Tramway Trail be­tween Cock­burn and Kwinana, and at Visko Park in Yange­bup.

Cock­burn Mayor Logan Howlett said the ini­tia­tive would pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies in par­tic­u­lar to en­joy the great out­doors and plant trees that would ad­vance into the fu­ture as their planters – many of them chil­dren – would also grow.

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