Tree Planting Blitz Begins With North East Link

first_imgTree Planting Blitz Begins With North East Link VIC PremierThousands of native trees and plants are being planted in Melbourne’s north and east, as part of Victoria’s biggest road project, North East Link.A new community survey has been launched to encourage locals to suggest where some of the 30,000 new trees that will be delivered as part of North East Link should be planted.Over 2000 trees and plants were recently planted at Belle Vue Primary School and at Simpson Barracks in Yallambie.Year 5 and 6 Belle Vue Primary School sustainability students cared for some of these young trees while learning remotely at home in Term 3 and planted them on school grounds this week.Trees and care kits were supplied to the students by social enterprise Ecodynamics nursery, and students will watch their trees mature and grow among 200 trees already planted at the school.The important tree planting program will create more shade across local suburbs, parks, walking and cycling paths, in nature reserves, and at local schools, with more trees to be planted for the project than removed.As part of North East Link, the state’s first green roofed park and ride will be built in Bulleen and has been fast-tracked by four years to be completed in 2022.The Banyule Flats, Warringal Parklands and the Yarra River will be protected as North East Link’s six-kilometre twin tunnel will run underground from Simpson Barracks to Bulleen Road, near the Eastern Freeway.North East Link is Victoria’s biggest road project – it will give local roads back to local communities, create thousands of jobs and provide safer and quicker journeys for up to 135,000 drivers a day.It will connect the M80 to the Eastern Freeway, slash travel times by up to 35 minutes, take 15,000 trucks off local roads and create 10,000 jobs.The survey closes on Thursday, 31 December 2020, for more information visit www.engage.vic.gov.au/north-east-link.As stated by Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “We’re planting thousands of trees as we get on with building this vital project, which will leave a lasting legacy of a greener north and north east.”“Local people can look forward to improved open spaces and walkways with North East Link, which will slash travel times, create up to 10,000 jobs and take trucks off local roads.”As stated by Member for Southern Metropolitan Enver Erdogan“It’s great to see local students planting trees for our community’s future – and I encourage all locals to help inform us where they would like to see new trees planted.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, building, community, cycling, Eastern, Erdogan, future, Government, infrastructure, Melbourne, Minister, project, Simpson, southern, students, sustainability, Transport, Victorialast_img read more