Between 2014-15 to 2016-17, we invested $15 million in the Cumberland Plain in the Greater Western Sydney area. This funding helped to protect threatened bushland and boost the resilience of critically endangered ecosystems.
The Cumberland Conservation Corridor project targeted actions to protect, revegetate and enhance the biodiversity of the Cumberland Plain with funding to protect some of the most at-risk land in the area, giving the Government the ability to deliver restoration projects on the ground, where they are needed most. A Reference Group including Australian, state and local government and community, environment and Indigenous groups provided advice on the delivery of this project.
Green Army teams also worked on projects in the corridor and related areas, and trees were planted as part of the 20 Million Trees Program.
The protection of green areas within and around our cities is a vital part of making them more liveable. This initiative offered a once-in-a generation chance to establish a conservation corridor and preserve important habitat for future generations.
20 Million Trees Cumberland Conservation Corridor Grant Program
The successful projects from the 20 Million Trees Cumberland Conservation Corridor Grant Round commenced in 2015. A total of 13 projects were approved to the value of around $4.5 million.