Camden will receive $950,000 in funding from the NSW Government to enhance the tree canopy and green cover in local parks, streets and neighbourhoods.

Member for Camden, Peter Sidgreaves said the funding has been awarded through the NSW Government’s Greening our City program.

“This funding will help us progress a fantastic project for Camden which will provide at least 2,000 advanced trees,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

“The project also includes the planting of micro-forest carbon sinks at key locations in order to provide dense canopy and cooling benefits with an additional 3,000 plants.”

Apart from providing much needed shade and shelter from the heat, Mr Sidgreaves pointed out that increasing the local tree canopy will improve the air and water quality, overall health and wellbeing and build resilience to climate change.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said 17 Greater Sydney councils would share in the funding, which will support 21 projects.

“We achieved our Greening our City Premier’s Priority of planting one million trees by the end of 2022 ahead of target and we’re now making in-roads into our longer-term goal of planting 5 million trees by 2030,” Mr Roberts said.

“These grants will continue our important work to increase Greater Sydney’s tree cover.”

The NSW Government has declared commitment to lessening the impact of the urban heat island effect and improving the city’s resilience to a changing climate through increased tree planting, green infrastructure, and policy change to ensure the planning system supports green cover well into the future.