Hundred more trees for Centennial Parklands4 July 2017
A new ficus obliqua tree planted in Moore Park today marks the 200th tree planted across the Centennial Parklands for the CBD and South East Light Rail. Another 240 trees will be planted by around October and, following summer, planting will ramp up with a focus on revegetating along the light rail route.
Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast said the revegetation phase of the project is getting underway with an active program to plant hundreds more trees – significantly more than those removed to accommodate track and utilities work.
“When we’ve finished, we will have planted significantly more trees than we removed, with 200 new trees already planted and another 240 trees on the way over coming months." Ms Prendergast said.
“We have saved around 120 trees that were originally identified for removal and we continue to adjust works to avoid tree impacts wherever possible. There are a few medium size trees near Dacey Avenue that may be affected by utility works but we are working hard to minimise that impact.
“We are pleased to be working in conjunction with Randwick City Council, the City of Sydney and Centennial Parklands to create a greener, healthier and more liveable Sydney.”
By the completion of the revegetation program, around 1,800 new trees will be planted in the City of Sydney and Randwick City Council areas, with at least 900 of these planted along the Sydney Light Rail route.
The light rail revegetation program ensures that we will plant two new trees for every small tree removed; four for every medium tree; and eight for every large tree.
The CBD and South East Light Rail is on track for delivery in 2019, with more than 7.3 kilometres of track installed so far. It will provide reliable, high frequency ‘turn up and go’ transport services from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford via Surry Hills and the CBD.