Cooler streetscapes with the NSW Government’s Greening our City Program

Waverley Council will be planting over 400 trees across Waverley’s parks and nature strips, thanks to $50,000 worth of funding from the NSW Government’s Greening our City Program – Cooler Streetscapes.

Council is actively working to protect Waverley from rising temperatures and one of the ways we’re achieving this is by planting trees to help reduce average temperatures over time, and create cooler suburbs for our communities.

The northern sector of Waverley’s LGA has been identified as requiring increased canopy cover. Council recently engaged the community of these areas, giving them the opportunity to choose whether to have a tree planted on their nature strip, and which tree species they would like (in accordance with Council’s Street Tree Master Plan). Based on these results, Council will start planting the trees over the cooler months and will undertake 12 months of maintenance to allow them to establish and thrive.

Street trees are often the dominant landscape factor in the community and one of the most effective ways of improving the image and character of our streets and suburbs. Some of their benefits include:

  • Natural air conditioning
  • Improvement in air quality
  • Improvement in soil structure and composition
  • Adding character to precincts
  • Maintaining habitat for fauna and insects
  • Providing shade and heat island cooling effect
  • Soften development and infrastructure
  • Psychological benefits associated with quality green and open public spaces

This project is part of the Greening Our City grant program that is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW.

Find out more about the project here

If you would like to request a street tree to be planted in front of your property, visit