25 December, 2023

More trees for Moyne

MORE than 8000 new trees will be planted across Moyne Shire thanks to the latest round of council’s Community Carbon Offset Program.

By Staff Writer

Earlier this week councillors approved more than $23,000 in grants to assist with planting of trees on public and private land across the municipality.

Mayor Cr Ian Smith said the program had been running since 2010 as a way to offset emissions from council’s light fleet.

“We started the program in 2010 and once these trees are in the ground, more than 68,000 new trees have been planted in every corner of the shire.

“That equates to approximately 13,700 tonne of non-verified carbon offsets over the seedlings’ lifespan.

“These new plantings will provide a further 1600 tonne of non-verified carbon offset, taking the program’s grant total to over 76,000 tonnes.”

Cr Smith said it was a practical way to offset carbon emissions, while providing other benefits.

“I’ve visited a farm in Nirranda where they used their grant allocation to create shelter belts which provide protection from the weather for stock – but also important native habitat and food sources for birds and other wildlife,” he said.

“It’s a really simple program that delivers big benefits across a range of areas and I’m pleased to be able to award these grants and look forward to seeing projects come to life.”


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