Green Streets

Consultation has concluded

The City's Green Streets program is fulfilling our Sustainable Sydney 2030 commitment to increase tree canopy cover in the city by 50% over the next 20 years. 

We are planting trees in streets because they provide shade, calm traffic, make streets look more beautiful, reduce temperatures and act as pollution filters for air and stormwater. 

Our Green Streets program will increase the city's canopy cover in our streets by:

  • establishing planter beds in the middle of wide streets;
  • planting trees and shrubs on the sides or corners of streets; and 
  • creating rain gardens to filter stormwater on the side of streets. 

You can click on the Map tab below to see the location of some of the City's Green Streets and stay tuned to this page for news on new Green Streets projects.  

The City's Green Streets program is fulfilling our Sustainable Sydney 2030 commitment to increase tree canopy cover in the city by 50% over the next 20 years. 

We are planting trees in streets because they provide shade, calm traffic, make streets look more beautiful, reduce temperatures and act as pollution filters for air and stormwater. 

Our Green Streets program will increase the city's canopy cover in our streets by:

  • establishing planter beds in the middle of wide streets;
  • planting trees and shrubs on the sides or corners of streets; and 
  • creating rain gardens to filter stormwater on the side of streets. 

You can click on the Map tab below to see the location of some of the City's Green Streets and stay tuned to this page for news on new Green Streets projects.  

News

Consultation has concluded
  • Adding more trees to green Erskineville Streets

    The City of Sydney is proposing to increase the selection of trees that can be planted along footpaths in 3 streets in Erskineville. This will provide more options for trees suited to the local soils, including the trees along Rochford, Bridge and George Streets.

    The Street Tree Master Plan sets out the types of trees we can plant in Rochford, Bridge and George Streets, and we are seeking your feedback on these proposed changes.

    The trees planted in these streets are Blueberry Ash. Many are not growing well due to the clay soil, which retains water for a long time... Continue reading

    14 May 2015, 02:18 PM
  • Adding new trees and shade along Cowper Wharf Road

    The City has plans to plant more trees along Cowper Wharf Road to improve the look of the area, reduce air pollution and stormwater runoff and provide more shade.

    Cowper Wharf Road is wide enough to allow garden beds down the centre of the road. The proposed works include:

    - Adding four new garden beds in the centre of the road;

    - Widening the road's median strip slightly in some areas;

    - Planting 20 Sydney red gums (Angophora costata), five cabbage palms (Livistona australis), and small shrubs and ground cover;

    - Removing some paving and relocating some flag poles to... Continue reading

    10 Feb 2015, 03:53 PM
  • Thank you for all your submissions on Glebe's Green Streets

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    We're proposing to make the intersection of Colbourne Avenue and Lyndhurst Street in Glebe greener and safer for pedestrians and other road users.

    We plan to do this by making the road closure permanent, removing the concrete barriers, installing trees with landscaping and a raingarden. We will also add raised kerbs and pathways ramps for improved access.

    The consultation period on the design has closed. City staff are now reviewing all the submissions and will prepare a report for the Local Pedestrian Cycling and Traffic Committee Meeting on 16 July 2014.

    Members of the public are welcome to attend and address the Committee. The meeting starts at 2pm in the Town Hall Council Chamber at 483 George Street, Sydney.

    If you would like to attend the Committee meeting, please contact Claudia Calabro on 9265 9648 3 days before the meeting to register.

    The Committee report will available after 5pm on the Friday before the Committee meeting. You will find it on the City of Sydney website.
    26 Jun 2014, 04:27 PM
  • Are the travel and parking lanes in Green Streets wide enough?

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    All the carriageways in our Green streets comply with the preferred maximum carriageway widths set out in the Sydney Streets Code 2013. 

    The ‘carriageway’ usually contains both a travel lane and parking lane. Widths may vary slightly depending on the local situation.

    This means that:

    • Parking lanes are 2.1 – 2.3m wide; and
    • Traffic or travel lanes are 2.75 – 3.2 m wide. 

    This allows for larger vehicles such as full size fire engines to safely enter and exit Green Streets. 



    06 May 2014, 12:19 PM
  • New trees and landscaping for Colbourne Avenue, Glebe

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    We're proposing to make the intersection of Colbourne Avenue and Lyndhurst Street Glebe greener and safer for pedestrians and other road users.

    We plan to do this by making the road closure permanent, removing the concrete barriers, installing trees with landscaping and a raingarden.We will also add raised kerbs and pathways ramps for improved access.

    Parking will be redistrbuted to Lyndhurst Street and unfortunately there will be a net loss of two parking spaces.

    Please download the draft concept design. We welcome your feedback on the proposal before 6pm on Wednesday 14 May 2014.

    If you need more information, please... Continue reading
    08 Apr 2014, 05:27 PM
  • Why are we planting trees and shrubs in the street?

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    Street trees and shrubs provide environmental, visual and infrastructure benefits for our neighbourhoods. 

    Street trees:

    • capture water in their canopies and transfer it into the tree. This decreases the amount of water entering our storm water system
    • filter pollution from storm water runoff
    • capture pieces of solid of liquid pollution from vehicle exhaust
    • shade the road and footpath surfaces which in turn makes them last longer
    • calm traffic in high speed or dangerous streets in a way that is preferable to installing speed bumps or raised thresholds
    • create a more beautiful urban environment by breaking up the hard and straight surfaces that dominate cities and
    • allow us to keep greening our city now that we have filled nearly every available space in our footpaths with 9, 000 new trees planted since 2005. 
    We only plant trees in streets that are wide enough to accommodate planting in the road without majorly impacting parking and other road uses.

    Tree planting in roadways provides the opportunity to increase the tree canopy particularly in situations where awnings or overhead wires constrain the establishment of medium to tall trees on the footpaths.

    27 Mar 2014, 03:13 PM