Call for Landcare groups and landholders to help green our west
An ambitious initiative to green the western suburbs of Melbourne is underway, with the Federal Government awarding $5 million to Lead West to implement the ‘Greening the West – 1 Million Trees’ project.
A part of the Federal Government’s 20 Million Trees programme, the ‘Greening the West’ project will involve community groups and organisations from across the western metropolitan area to increase urban greening, contributing to improved health in the community.
The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) will partner with Lead West to plant 410,200 trees in the west, working alongside the PPWCMA’s existing and highly successful projects, Grow West and Greening the Maribyrnong.
In order to achieve this ambitious project, the PPWCMA are calling for Expressions of Interest from local landholders that live in the Werribee and Maribyrnong Catchments are interested in undertaking revegetation works on their property.
In addition, the PPWCMA is also looking for Landcare groups that would like to partner with the PPWCMA to assist in these revegetation projects.
PPWCMA’s Grow West Project Coordinator, Helena Lindorff, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for landholders in the region who have an interest in supporting their local environment, or have remnant vegetation on their land, to undertake revegetation work on their properties”.
“Landcare groups can also get involved and not only help in restoring the native vegetation on these properties, but also to work towards creating biolinks for native fauna in these outer urban areas and improve the overall quality of the environment for the community”, she said.
To take part in the project, lodge an Expression of Interest online by visiting the Grow West website The first round of Expressions of Interest will close at 5pm Friday 26th February. GtW 1 Million Trees EOI Form GtW 1 Million Trees FAQ Sheet