School tree planting initiative helps Carnaby Cockatoos

27 June 2022
The City of Canning’s Urban Forest team and Deputy Mayor Ben Kunze recently visited Riverton Primary School to plant native trees on their verge to increase the tree canopy to attract Carnaby Cockatoos.

Riverton Primary School’s Green Team – comprised of students from Riverton Primary School and Riverton Education Support Centre from years 1 to 6 – meet weekly to discuss sustainability matters at the school.

The City’s Urban Forest team joined forces with the Green Team to support the plight of the endangered species by planting a selection of Banksia, Marri and Sheoak trees to eventually provide shelter, food and water for Carnaby Cockatoos.

The school’s sustainability initiative supports aims outlined in the City’s Urban Forest Strategy (UFS); to increase the tree canopy to shade high-heat suburbs and to support biodiversity. 

Mayor Patrick Hall said the school’s commitment towards sustainability and environmental preservation was applaudable.

“The Green Team have been working towards implementing some fantastic sustainability initiatives, to support the environment and more specifically, Carnaby Cockatoos; whose numbers have sadly plummeted due to loss of habitat from clearing of native vegetation.

“Students have also supported an Urban Forest objective to increase tree canopy to provide much needed shade in high-heat suburbs.

“Every tree we plant makes a difference and we are pleased to have been involved in this tree planting activity to support students’ environmental and conservation interests,” he said.

Riverton Primary School’s Deputy Principal Lea-Anne Frossos said the tree planting experience with the City supported students’ learning.

“Working with the City of Canning has supported the students in further developing their understanding the importance of food sources, shelter, and water for the Carnaby Cockatoos as we work to support their survival."

The City is currently planting 1,876 trees in Bentley and St James to counteract the suburbs’ high surface heat, support biodiversity and to enhance streetscapes.

The overall aim of the UFS is to increase tree canopy coverage by 22.3 per cent by 2039.

Further information about the Urban Forest Strategy is available at www.canning.wa.gov.au/urbanforest
 

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