Labor will plant 6 million trees by 2030
Labor will invest $50 million over the next four years to deliver more green spaces across greater Sydney.
Labor’s investment will fund programs that assist local governments, state government agencies, community organisations and private land holders to restore and enhance green spaces.
Labor’s investment will fund programs including:
- Tree planting and preservation;
- Planning to protect trees and enhance the tree canopy; and
- Land acquisition for environmental, social and recreational uses.
Labor will target our investment toward Western Sydney and other areas which currently have poor tree cover.
Labor’s investment will allow more than 500,000 trees to be planted each year. In total, Labor will plant 6 million trees across greater Sydney by 2030.
Labor will strengthen environmental protections
Labor will review the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) to:
- Ensure it is providing adequate protection for our environment; and
- Fully recognise the benefits to the community which come from green spaces, trees, healthy waterways and local heritage.
Labor will create a public inventory of environmental assets
Labor will create a publicly available inventory of environmental assets. This inventory will help to protect existing assets and guide the development of more green spaces.
The inventory will include:
- Golf courses;
- Street trees;
- Walking and cycling transport corridors;
- Urban agriculture; and
- Green roofs and green walls.
The inventory will be made publicly available online as data files and maps.
Labor will amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) to require consideration of the inventory for all planning decisions.