1 million trees planted for Greening the West

19 October 2018

In May 2015, Greg Hunt MP planted the first tree of the Greening the West – 1 Million Trees Project along the lower Kororoit Creek in Altona.

The project’s goal was ambitious – to create sustainable, liveable, healthy communities by creating a network of greener open spaces across Melbourne’s west.

Today this ambitious project was brought to a close, but not an end, when Craig Rowley from LeadWest and Geoff Mitchelmore from Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek  planted the 1 millionth tree on the same site.

The project is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when we work together and Port Phillip & Westernport CMA was proud to contribute to its success by planning over 700,000 trees in the upper Werribee and upper Maribyrnong catchments through their Greening the Maribyrnong and Grow West programs.

The project covered a vast area including the Brimbank, Melton, Moorabool, Wyndham, Hume, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay and Moonee Valley areas and was supported by Melbourne Water, City West Water and community environmental groups.

The Greening the West – 1 Million Trees project was funded thanks to  $5 million in funding through the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees program and National Landcare Program.

 

Greening the west first tree being planted in May 2015

First tree being planted by Greg Hunt MP in May 2015

 

Greening the west 1 millionth tree being planted in October 2018

1 millionth tree being planted in October 2018 by Craig Rowley from LeadWest and Geoff Mitchelmore from Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek.

 

PPWCMA and Lead West project partners celebrate the project’s successful completion.