by Mateus Sims
Brimbank residents now have more green landscapes on the way to their community, with more trees being planted as part of a state government program.
The Victorian government announced $5 million to plant young and mature trees in Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.
The More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West program would see the introduction of 180,000 trees outside schools, along trails, parks and residential streets.
Under the program, the Brimbank board would plant more than 23,000 tubestock and 205 advanced trees.
Western Melbourne has the lowest tree canopy coverage in metropolitan Victoria.
In 2018, western Melbourne accounted for 5.5% of urban tree cover in Melbourne in 2018, compared to 17.4% in the south-east hinterland and 25.9% in the east.
Tree cover lowers urban temperatures by 10 to 25 degrees, filters out pollution and provides oxygen, which helps reduce heat-related illness and death.