Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Building Better Green Spaces in Ku-ring-gai

Tree against blue sky

The Ku-ring-gai community is set to benefit from a share of more than a million dollars to help create a cooler, greener and more appealing city.  

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC said Ku-ring-gai Council has been awarded $50,000 under the NSW Government’s Greener Neighbourhoods program, which will assist Council to strategically plan for and manage our local green spaces.

“The tree canopy and green cover of our area is part of its unique character and plays an important role in creating healthy, happy and liveable neighbourhoods,” Mr Henskens said.

“This project is one of 32 exciting and diverse initiatives being funded across Greater Sydney, which will have real-world outcomes to help see our tree canopy expand. 

“Both state and local governments have ambitious plans for the green future of our city. That’s why collaboration is the best approach to ensure shared goals are met as quickly as possible.” 

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the NSW Government has committed to achieving an ambitious target of 40 per cent urban tree canopy cover for Greater Sydney by 2036, with work well underway to reach the goal. 

“We’re on track to hit our target of planting one million trees by the end of 2022, and we’re working towards a bigger target of five million across Greater Sydney by 2030,” Mr Roberts said. 

“The Greener Neighbourhoods program is an important tool in helping keep that momentum going.” 

All Sydney councils have access to data showing the extent of Greater Sydney’s canopy cover, along with a Greener Neighbourhoods Guide to assist with the development or updating of urban forest strategies.

The Greener Neighbourhoods program has been co-designed by the NSW Government in collaboration with councils and Resilient Sydney. 

More information and a full list of grant recipients is available online.