Residents praised for planting trees
RESIDENTS in the western suburbs have purchased and planted more than 100,000 trees as part of the Native Plant Subsidy Scheme.
Started nine years ago by the Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), the scheme targeted planting 100,000 trees by the end of last month. It exceeded the target by 327 trees.
City of Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said the scheme was an excellent example of the positive outcomes that could be achieved when councils collaborate and share resources.
“It was an ambitious target and I am pleased to see that with the support of the local community they have been able to sell over their target figure,” he said.
“It proves that residents appreciate the subsidised rates for native plants and obviously enjoy their plants and gardens.”
The WSROC, made up of Town of Claremont, Cottesloe, and Mosman Park, the Shire of Peppermint Grove, the City of Nedlands and Subiaco, and with the Town of Cambridge, work on a voluntary partnership on cross-boundary regional projects.
Mr Hipkins said it was important to continue to encourage the planting of trees. “Planting native plants in your garden will help reduce water wastage and conserve water for us all,” he said.
“I am pleased to see that our residents are potentially taking home that message and utilising the scheme to do so.”