Councils Encouraged To Apply For Urban Greening Grants

  • Urban Greening Grants Program has opened for a second round
  • Funding to support increased canopy and vegetative cover
  • Program managed by the Western Australian Local Government Association

The State Government’s popular Urban Greening Grants Program has opened for a second round, with local governments urged to apply and help support cooler, leafier, and healthier communities.

Local governments throughout the Perth and Peel regions can now apply for $2.8 million worth of grants as part of the program’s second round, which will support the planting of trees and understorey species.

This will help lower hot summer temperatures, provide habitat for animals, and manage stormwater run-off.

The program’s funding is managed by the Western Australian Local Government Association and funded by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

In January, more than $591,000 was awarded to 12 local governments as part of the program’s first round, with local governments to plant more than 9,400 trees and 29,000 understorey plants this winter.

As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

“Urban canopies are an important tool in fighting climate change, lowering temperatures and promoting biodiversity.

“By making our outdoor environments leafy and green, we will provide healthy and cooler environments for our communities, while creating habitat and nature links for animals.

“This program’s first round proved very successful, and I look forward to seeing more local governments receive support so they too can improve the liveability of their neighbourhoods.”

As stated by WALGA President Karen Chappel:

“WALGA is pleased to work in partnership with the State Government in the delivery of the second round of the Urban Greening Grants Program.

“The second round of grants is a significant investment in the liveability of communities, helping our councils provide more canopy cover in the future for cooling, shade and habitat for wildlife.

“At WALGA we will continue to work with the State Government on improving our tree canopy not only in the metropolitan area, but right throughout Western Australia.”

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