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How planting 2000 new trees will make Rosemeadow cool

A trial project will see 2000 trees planted in Rosemeadow, which the state government says is one of Greater Sydney’s hottest suburbs.

The planting will be part of an initiative informed by new research from the NSW Government.

Rosemeadow has less than six per cent existing canopy cover and is significantly impacted by the urban heat island effect.

The new research used to inform the trial has now been released to councils across NSW to help boost tree canopy cover and improve stormwater management.

Minister for planning and public spaces Rob Stokes said the NSW Government and Campbelltown Council were working together to plant the trees in streets, schools, parks and open spaces in Rosemeadow.

“Trees are our first line of defence against rising temperatures and the urban heat island effect, particularly in Western Sydney where temperatures in summer can soar to over 50 degrees,” Mr Stokes said.

Artist’s impression of the area near the pedestrian crossing to Rosemeadow primary school.

“Rosemeadow has some of the lowest tree cover in Greater Sydney and it’s the perfect location to trial new ways to use canopy cover to combat rising temperatures.

“The research shows that we can also improve stormwater management by planting trees in stormwater basins, while also creating habitat for native animals and improving biodiversity.”

To encourage best practice in urban greening, the NSW Government is making three reports that detail the methodology of the Rosemeadow project available to councils to replicate for tree plantings on streets, reserves and in open spaces.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said Rosemeadow was selected as the demonstration site for the project due to its low tree canopy, substantial open space, and opportunities for planting near schools and on residual land.

“Our aim is to create a greener, more pleasant Rosemeadow for the community to use, access and enjoy, while establishing a framework of best practice methodology that can be replicated by councils across the state”, Mr Sidgreaves said.

“More high quality open spaces across Greater Sydney provide the community with more opportunities to rediscover the joy of outdoor recreation, connect with nature, and improve wellbeing and active lifestyles.”

The Rosemeadow demonstration project supports the Premier’s Priorities for more homes in urban areas within a 10-minute walk of quality green, open public space by 10 per cent, by 2023, and to plant one million trees in Greater Sydney by 2022.

For more information and to view the reports visit: dpie.nsw.gov.au/rosemeadow

3 Responses to How planting 2000 new trees will make Rosemeadow cool

  1. Anonymous September 29, 2021 at 12:52 pm #

    While planting additional trees to replace those that have been removed in jam-packed housing estates is welcome, the current tiny building blocks don’t allow room for trees or open space, that should never have been allowed and is a consequence of State Government planning and profit driven developers. Let’s also be mindful that open stormwater drainage channels don’t become safety hazards by attracting rats, snakes, mice and mosquitos into urban living areas. Numerous disastrous examples already exist in new release areas. Councils are only just realising the problems theses “ecofriendly” ideas cause and the enormous monetary costs to maintain or rectify them in the future. Previous article on Stormwater drainage systems are a health hazard (southwestvoice.com.au) is worth reading.

  2. Chris September 29, 2021 at 8:08 pm #

    Looking great already!

  3. Anonymous September 30, 2021 at 7:30 am #

    What about Ambarvale and sprucing this area up? What about a better bigger park for the kids.

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