Many people accuse The Greens of simply being “tree huggers”. But perhaps “tree planters” would be a better term to describe The Greens on Marrickville Council, after they managed to secure a doubling of council’s tree planting budget to support Council’s new Urban Forrest Policy.
The 2011-12 council budget approved $150,000 for tree planting, a 250% increase from $60,000 the year before. “Native species in our streets, parks and gardens provide the habitat for birds and other wildlife to return to the local area and preserve existing wildlife in green spaces like the Cooks River foreshore and the proposed GreenWay,” said Greens Councillor Cathy Peters.
“Planting more trees will enhance our urban environment and offer current and future residents a more appealing, healthier place to live,” she said.
“I am confident the new Greens councillors will continue our commitment to increase tree canopy across the Marrickville Local Government Area,” she said.