Urban Greening Grant Program

The Urban Greening Grant Program provides $3.75 million (ex GST) to support additional tree and understorey planting for the 33 Local Governments located in the Boorloo (Perth) and Bindjareb (Peel) regions. 

Round Two of the Program is now open

Funded by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and delivered collaboratively with WALGA, the program aims to expand tree canopy and vegetative cover in high urban heat areas to help address the impacts of climate change, provide for biodiversity and improve the liveability of neighbourhoods. The grant program has two rounds, with Round 1 targeted at planting programs in 2023/24 and Round 2 targeted at planting programs in 2024/25.

The Round Two Funding Guidelines outline the eligible activities and assessment criteria.

All 33 Local Governments within the Perth (Boorloo) and Peel (Bindjareb) regions are encouraged to apply.

Applications close COB Friday 28 June 2024. Local Governments can participate in the Urban Greening Grant Program by completing an application through the SmartyGrants platform. The WALGA excel template can be submitted with information on the detailed budget, species selection, project plan and risk assessment.

For more information, please email Melanie Davies, Urban Forest Facilitator, or call (08) 9213 2065.

Details of the successful Round One recipients

Round One applications closed on 25 January 2024.

Round One awarded a total of $591,839 across 12 Local Governments; Bayswater, Belmont, Gosnells, Joondalup, Kalamunda, Murray, Perth, Rockingham, South Perth, Stirling, Swan and Waroona.

Collectively, these Local Governments will plant over 9,400 trees and 29,000 understorey species in winter 2024.

Planting locations include:

  • remnant degraded banksia woodland contained within reserves;
  • around playgrounds and adult exercise equipment in passive recreation reserves;
  • within public open space corridors and parks that are adjacent to high density residential areas and form part of ecological linkages; and
  • within road median strips and residential verges along key pedestrian and cycling routes that connect with facilities such as business districts, shopping centres, playgrounds, sports fields, schools and train stations.

All Local Governments have Western Australian or local provenance native tree species in their planting programs, and more than half will plant preferred food species for endangered black cockatoos, including marri, jarrah, banksia and hakeas.

The plantings will provide an estimated tree canopy cover increase of 78 ha at maturity.

Scroll sideways
Local GovernmentProject TitleProject SummaryTotal Funding Awarded (ex GST)
BayswaterCity of Bayswater Urban Heat Island Reduction Through RevegetationPlanting of trees and understorey in degraded and fragmented Banksia woodland within five reserves that are surrounded by residential housing and a primary school to promote a diverse ecosystem and reduce heat.$38,144
BelmontIncreasing Canopy Coverage Around our PlaygroundsPlanting of trees and understorey around 14 playgrounds and one adult exercise area in neighbourhood parks to increase canopy cover to between 30-40%.$58,300
GosnellsBracadale Park to Auckland Park CorridorPlanting of trees and understorey within parks and verges in a public open space corridor between two parks in Canningvale, a suburb with the lowest canopy cover in the City of Gosnells.  A footpath runs along the length of the corridor, which is highly used by the adjacent three primary schools, an aged care facility and other community groups.  $115,030
JoondalupUrban Greening in the City of JoondalupPlanting of trees and understory along a 1.5 km section of Hepburn Avenue and within the adjacent Hepburn Heights Conservation area.  The planting will provide shade for pedestrian and cyclist crossings and the bus route that forms part of a strategic link between Hillarys Boat Harbour and the Mitchell Freeway.  It will also create a biodiversity linkage with the high conservation value Lilburne Reserve and Hepburn Heights Conservation area.  $24,349.15
KalamundaKeeping it CoolPlanting of trees and understorey along a key thoroughfare corridor in Forrestfield, which is complemented by the presence of a creek that provides a water source for cockatoos.  The planting will counteract the adverse impacts of the urban heat island effect, create a local ecological linkage and provide a feeding and roosting site for black cockatoos.  $55,664.60
MurrayIncreasing Street Tree Cover in the Shire of MurrayPlanting of trees across 14 streetscapes adjacent to footpaths that link with shopping centres, schools and parks, to address the urban heat island effect whilst increasing biodiversity.$9,460.55
PerthCity of Perth Urban Forest Plan - Infill Street Tree Planting Program: Sutherland Street, West Perth (additional planting)Planting of trees along a pedestrian pathway on Sutherland Street, next to the Mitchell Freeway, which provides an important linkage between the City West precinct and Perth to Fremantle Principal Shared Pathway.  The planting area has one of the highest urban heat indexes and lowest canopy covers in the City of Perth. $3,391
RockinghamCity of Rockingham Urban Canopy Enhancement 2024Planting of trees across five reserves with high urban heat and low canopy cover to create habitat, cool the local environment and increase amenity value in lower socio-economic areas of the City.$45,593.87
South PerthTrees for the future of South PerthPlanting of trees, including food species for endangered black cockatoos, across verges and streetscapes in high heat and low canopy areas to cool residential areas and shade key pedestrian and cycling corridors.$77,611.50
StirlingUrban Forest Expansion ProgramPlanting of trees in five parks and reserves in Balga, and in verges across the residential areas of Balga, Mirrabooka and Dianella, to create access to green spaces and offset the loss of urban canopy cover in areas with high rates of infill development. $68,040.65
SwanUrban Tree Canopy - Street Tree PlantingPlanting of trees on verges along streets highly used by families with young children and the elderly in high urban heat areas, with footpaths linking to amenities such as playgrounds, parks, sports fields and schools.  $43,054
WaroonaShire of Waroona Urban Canopy Infill Project Planting of trees in canopy gaps in residential streetscapes and within the Waroona townsite, including the Shire's civic area and town oval, to provide continuous urban shade to recreational and educational facilities, the shopping precinct and retirement village.  The planting will also provide habitat and foraging opportunities for black cockatoos.$53,200
Swipe right to view more

Back to of the page