Res­i­dents praised for planting trees

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.”

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