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Friday, 27 October 2017

To demonstrate how the NSW Government is greening Sydney and increasing tree canopy, more than 2000 free trees will be handed out at the Sydney Home Show this weekend.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said greening Sydney is vital to our environment and amenity, and the NSW Government is working hard to deliver leafier, cooler communities.

“Greening Sydney is something I am incredibly passionate about and I would like the planting of more trees to be my legacy as Planning Minister,” Minster Roberts said.

“We have set big, but achievable, targets to increase our tree canopy coverage from the current 16 per cent to 40 per cent in greater Sydney.

“The initiative to increase the number of trees will minimise urban heat across Sydney, improve the environment for pedestrians at street level, and increase the value of our homes,” Minister Roberts said.

Celebrity gardening expert Graham Ross will be at the Department of Planning and Environment’s stall at the home show this Saturday to deliver free native trees.

“Graham will be on hand to help give away more than 2000 native trees, including Cabbage Gum, Hannah Ray Bottlebrush and Sydney Blue Gum, which will further green Sydney,” Minister Roberts said.

He added that the trees being handed out follows the announcement earlier this year to give away a tree to the owners of new homes approved under fast-track complying development in Western Sydney greenfield, or new release, areas. This equates to approximately 5,000 trees per year for three years.

“Tree canopy coverage contributes to an improvement in biodiversity and creates habitat for species as well as oxygen production, with very clear benefits in relation to visual amenity, landscape and sense of place for residents,” Minister Roberts said.

At the stall, Department experts will be on hand to answer any questions people have about the planning system.

“We are doing so much to make the planning system easier, from streamlining policies and making them easier to use, to increase the complying development pathway for new homes, to continue improvements to the online Planning Portal over the coming year that will make development simpler and easier for people across NSW,” Minister Roberts said.

“Entry to the show is free, so we encourage anyone who is currently planning to build or renovate a home to come down and learn more about how you can save time and money – and pick up a free sapling.”

The Department show stand, located at K11 will provide information on: 

  • How to fast-track approvals for building one and two-storey homes and renovations
  • How to save up to $15,000 when building a house as complying development and up to $2,600 for renovations
  • Minor, low impact development around the home and garden that does not need approval
  • Where to get more information on the ePlanning/NSW Planning Portal. 

The Sydney Home Show is being held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 27-29 October. Graham Ross will be at Department’s stall from 11am-1.30pm on Saturday.

MEDIA: John Macgowan 0409 403 773