Hundreds of nationally threatened Camden White Gum trees to be planted in region

Picture: Jonathan Ng

Picture: Jonathan Ng

Hundreds of endangered gum trees are set to be planted in Camden South this year.

Camden Council will work alongside the CSIRO Australian Tree Seed Centre on the Connecting White Gum project.

The innovative project, funded under the Greening Our City Program, will see 500 genetically diverse Camden White Gum trees planted along the Nepean River at Elizabeth Macarthur Reserve, Camden South.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the project would have great benefits for the community in future years.

"Sydney has sweltered through heat waves over many years and this is a great opportunity for us to help cool the suburb of Camden South, reduce the urban heat island effect and strengthen the resilience of the Nationally Threatened Camden White Gum," Cr Fedeli said.

"The project site is shown to be about three to six degrees warmer than vegetated areas and we will be able to increase the tree canopy by 38 per cent at the site after the 18-month completion.

"This will have a great impact for residents and importantly the environment, with the nationally threatened species, Camden White Gum, at a risk of becoming extinct without intervention.

"I'd like to thank the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment and CSIRO for their assistance in bringing this project to life."

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves said earlier this year that the program supported the premier's priority to increase the tree canopy and green cover across greater Sydney by planting one million trees by 2022.

"This is a wonderful boost to Camden and its unique white gum. Tree cover is so valuable for lowering heat, providing protection and enhancing our lives and this species is so precious to our heritage," Mr Sidgreaves said.

"This project ensures a cooler, greener Camden and strengthens the resilience of the Camden White Gum, a species currently listed as vulnerable under Commonwealth and State legislation.

"The Greening Our City program is yet another future-facing initiative by the NSW Government to provide better, safer and more loveable public spaces and robust urban environments for generations to come."

Residents will have a chance to take part in the program with a tree planting day being held on Sunday, September 26.

For more information, or to register for the tree planting event, visit: camden.nsw.gov.au or email: sustainability@camden.nsw.gov.au.

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