On Thursday October 10th Greening the West – 1 Million Trees project was awarded a Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award in the Environmental Protection category, which recognises leadership and excellence in protection and prevention of harm to the environment, for its ambitious program that planted more than one million trees across Melbourne’s west.
Conservation Volunteers Australia, through its role in the management of Green Army teams associated with this program, played an important role in the on ground practical component of the tree planting and preparation, linking with all projects partners to ensure the success of the program.
We are proud to be a partner in this award-winning program and look forward to continuing our strong working relationships with all the project partners to achieve many more great environmental outcomes.
As a community based practical conservation group, CVA believes in the strength of volunteers and we are excited to celebrate the achievements of the thousands of people who contributed to making this project a success.
Watch a short video on Greening the West
Greening the West – 1 Million Trees project was delivered between 2015 and 2018 and is part of the broader Greening the West initiative. This multi-agency collaboration aims to deliver positive health and social outcomes and enhanced liveability for communities in the western suburbs of Melbourne through a program of urban greening.
Between 2015 and 2018, the project planted 1,072,320 trees and shrubs across 320 parks, reserves, open spaces, roadsides and private land, covering an area of 1,755 hectares. Over 4,500 volunteers and 100 private landowners participated in 61 community events and tree planting days.
The Greening the West – 1 Million Trees project was delivered by LeadWest, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, City West Water, Melbourne Water, Brimbank City Council, City of Melton, City of Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay City Council, Hume City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Wyndham City Council, Parks Victoria, VicRoads, Western Water, Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek, Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley Inc. and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
This project was supported by Lead West through funding from the Australian Government’s Green Army and National Landcare Program.