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Parramatta Light Rail tree planting

Parramatta Light Rail tree planting and neighbourhood improvement program

PLR tree planting July 2022

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In 2019, City of Parramatta in partnership with Transport for NSW (TfNSW), completed a pilot tree planting program which saw 120 new trees added to our urban tree canopy in North Parramatta and Westmead. 

The program tested how we could provide new trees in key locations to help offset trees removed as part of the construction of the Parramatta Light Rail.

In 2022, the program will continue with 125 trees being planted in parks and reserves across the Parramatta area. 

Council has worked with TfNSW to identify locations where the tree planting program will be able to best deliver the greatest benefit to the community.

Planting is expected to be completed by end-July 2022. An additional 2,400 trees will be planted in City streets and parks over the next two years.

  • Carlingford

    Harold West Reserve, Carlingford

    Dundas

    Dundas Park, Dundas Valley

    Molly’s Way, Vineyard Creek Reserve, Dundas

    Ponds Creek Reserve, Dundas

    Sir Thomas Mitchell Reserve, Dundas

    Williams Reserve, Dundas

    Ermington

    River Park, Ermington

    Up John Park, Ermington

    Oatlands

    Burnside Reserve, Oatlands

    Rosehill

    Biplane Park, Rosehill

    Toongabbie

    Sue Savage Reserve, Toongabbie

    Winston Hills

    Barnett Dog Park, Winston Hills

    Bruce Cole Reserve, Winston Hills

    Lions Park, Winston Hills

  • A number of native tree species have been selected to become part of the City of Parramatta’s urban tree canopy with consideration given to local conditions. Trees planned for the 2022 program include:

    Eucalyptus pilularis (Blackbutt); Eucalyptus piperita (Sydney Peppermint); Eucalyptus sclerophylia (Scribbly Gum); Ficus hillii (Hills Weeping Fig).  

    Learn more about some of our new trees by clicking on the links below:

  • Why is Council planting trees?

    Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres, opening in 2023.

    To enable the construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail, it was inevitable that some trees in the path of the light rail network were removed.

    However, as part of its planning consent, Parramatta Light Rail is required to plant up to eight trees for every tree lost. As per the project’s Environmental Impact Statement and fact sheets available on the Parramatta Light Rail project website, between 1,900 and 2,650 trees along the Stage 1 route were removed.

    While it was sad to see these old trees go, Council is now planting new trees and asking for community support to ensure the young trees being planted to help offset the losses within our urban tree canopy are given the opportunity to grow and thrive.

    With community support, these trees will help create shade, reduce pollution, and provide beautiful green spaces for everyone to enjoy.
    The new trees will also help reduce urban heat, as well as create more attractive neighbourhoods in Parramatta, now and for future generations.

    If you have questions about the Parramatta Light Rail project, please call TfNSW’s 24-hour community information line on 1800 139 389 or email parramattalightrail@transport.nsw.gov.au.
     

    What types of trees are being planted?

    Council has a number of planting programs with the aim of expanding our tree canopy and improving biodiversity. In most cases, a variety of species, native and exotic, evergreen and deciduous are planted.

    The 2022 PLR Tree Planting program is concentrating on larger native species, with 125 trees between 1.5m and 3m, to be planted in parks and reserves across the City.  

    Tree types include Eucalyptus pilularis (Blackbutt); Eucalyptus piperita (Sydney Peppermint); Eucalyptus sclerophylia (Scribbly Gum); Ficus hillii (Hills Weeping Fig).  

    Learn more about some of our new trees by clicking on the links below:

    When will planting take place?

    Planting will happen throughout July 2022.

    When will work take place, what about disruptions?

    It is expected that work will take place Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm. 

    As this year’s planting is in parks and reserves, it is expected contractors will be able to access the site and complete their work with minimal disruption to neighbouring properties.

    Will I need to do anything to maintain the trees?

    No. To help the trees become established, Council will provide a watering and maintenance program and will continue to care for the trees for 24 months after planting.

    However, we do ask that residents report any concerns about the health of the trees to the Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting project team.
     

    Who do I speak with to report a problem or contact for more information?

    To report any concerns about newly-planted trees, please take note of the tree number on the identification tag attached to the tree(s) and contact City of Parramatta on 1300 617 058 or
    plr-trees@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    What is the tag attached to each tree?

    Each tree planted as part of the Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting project has an identification tag to help the City of Parramatta track tree health and development.

    We encourage residents to help maintain the wellbeing of these trees by taking note of the tag number and reporting any concerns to the Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting project team.
    You can call us on 1300 617 057 or email
    plr-trees@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
     

    Who can I speak to about the 2022 PLR Tree Planting program?

    If you have questions about the 2022 PLR Tree Planting program, contact the PLR Tree Planting team by calling City of Parramatta on 1300 617 058 or email
    plr-trees@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    If you have accessibility concerns, please contact the National Relay Service and provide them with the City of Parramatta contact number: 02 9806 5050.

    I have a question about the Parramatta Light Rail project

    For information about the Parramatta Light Rail project, contact Transport for NSW’s 24-hour Community Information Line on 1800 139 389 or email parramattalightrail@transport.nsw.gov.au

Phase 1 complete

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Phase 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail tree planting and neighbourhood improvement program now complete

City of Parramatta, in partnership with Transport for NSW (TfNSW), is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first phase of the Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting Neighbourhood Improvement Program which saw the planting of 120 new street trees in Westmead and North Parramatta.

The program started in March 2019 testing how we provide new trees, in streets, parks and reserves throughout the City of Parramatta to help offset trees removed as part of Parramatta Light Rail construction.Trees in the nature strips include:

The nature strips in:

  • North Parramatta
    • Barney Street
    • By Street
    • Dunlop Street
    • Harold Street
  • Westmead
    • Jessie Street
    • Caroline Street
    • Queens Road

Council will be watering and maintaining your new trees over the next two years to help them establish and grow in the right shape.

Each and every tree has a tree tag, so look out for it.

The tag includes important information about the tree type and a unique number which allows Council to identify its exact location.

PLR tree location plan map

 

Get in touch

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If you notice any issues with the trees, simply write down the unique number call 02 9806 5050 or email plr-trees@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

We will send a horticulturalist to look at it.

Who can I speak to about the program?

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If you have questions you can get in contact with our Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting and Neighbourhood Improvement Project team on 02 9806 5050 or plr-trees@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Parramatta Light Rail project

If you have questions about the Parramatta Light Rail project, you can contact the 24-hour Community Information Line on 1800 139 389 or email parramattalightrail@transport.nsw.gov.au

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact the National Relay Service and provide them with the City of Parramatta contact number: 02 9806 5050.

For non-English speakers, phone interpretation services are available via TIS National on 131 450.