Creating a cleaner, greener Sebastopol13/11/2021
More than 1300 trees are going in the ground in the Ballarat suburb of Sebastopol, creating green canopies and cooler outdoor spaces as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to revitalise the growth area.
Tree planting has begun in key areas as part of the Urban Forest Implementation project, one of several projects funded through the $5 million Spotlight on Sebastopol 2018 election commitment.
Residents in Sebastopol can look forward to greener streets, parks and trails with advanced trees and saplings being planted this spring and next autumn to give them the best chance of survival.
The Urban Forest Implementation will fast track the City of Ballarat’s target of 40 per cent tree canopy cover across the municipality by 2040.
The Spotlight on Sebastopol project is supported by detailed community consultation, including the establishment of a local community reference group that has helped lead the projects design and guide investment priorities.
The $5 million program is also supporting ‘Connecting Sebastopol’ which is connecting the community through new communication channels including a newsletter, a community association and an online portal delivered by the local neighbourhood house.
More than $1.2 million has also been committed to improving connections to the Yarrowee Trail, including improvements to the trail head at Docwra Street, developing a welcoming gateway to enable locals and visitors to make the most of the natural environment.
The Spotlight on Sebastopol forms part of the Government’s record investment of almost $30 billion in rural and regional Victoria since 2015.