Green Streets

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.

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.

Stay tuned to this page for news on new Green Streets projects.

  • Ripon Way, Rosebery - proposed tree planting

    7 days ago
    Ripon way rosebery tree planting concept image

    We welcome your feedback on the proposed design for wider footpaths at intersections and more trees along Ripon Way, Rosebery. The design will make the street safer and more attractive, while balancing the parking needs of local residents.

    The design incorporates feedback from our consultation with local residents in April 2017. It includes wider footpaths at intersections that will make the streets safer for people walking.

    The new tree species will be Holm oak or Sydney red gum. The trees will be planted so there is at least one on-street car parking space outside each address on Ripon Way.

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    We welcome your feedback on the proposed design for wider footpaths at intersections and more trees along Ripon Way, Rosebery. The design will make the street safer and more attractive, while balancing the parking needs of local residents.

    The design incorporates feedback from our consultation with local residents in April 2017. It includes wider footpaths at intersections that will make the streets safer for people walking.

    The new tree species will be Holm oak or Sydney red gum. The trees will be planted so there is at least one on-street car parking space outside each address on Ripon Way.

    At the intersection of Dalmeny Avenue and Bannerman Crescent, trees will be planted in existing ‘no stopping’ areas.

    The current unrestricted parking zone will remain. We received some requests to include a resident parking permit zone. However, most Ripon Way residents have off-street parking and would not be eligible for these permits. We also received requests to upgrade the footpath, based on its current condition it will be assessed for renewal in around three to five years.

    This proposal is part of our commitment to increase tree canopy cover across the city, provide more shade and beautify our streets, and meet our environmental targets for 2030.

    View the proposed design and artists impression and submit your feedback by Friday 9 June 2017.

    Project queries can be made to James Lawton, Project Manager, on 02 9265 9333


  • Bowman Street, Pyrmont - proposed tree planting

    6 days ago
    Consultation graphic 2017 have your say

    The City invites your feedback on a proposal to replace the existing fig trees in Bowman Street and repair the footpath along Bowman Street, Pyrmont.

    The mature size of these trees is better suited to parks and we have received many requests from local residents to replace them with a more suitable species.

    We propose to remove 26 of the existing fig trees and plant the new trees in the kerb extensions and new garden beds within the parking lane. This will position the new trees further away from neighbouring properties while retaining the canopy cover that provides shade for... Continue reading

    The City invites your feedback on a proposal to replace the existing fig trees in Bowman Street and repair the footpath along Bowman Street, Pyrmont.

    The mature size of these trees is better suited to parks and we have received many requests from local residents to replace them with a more suitable species.

    We propose to remove 26 of the existing fig trees and plant the new trees in the kerb extensions and new garden beds within the parking lane. This will position the new trees further away from neighbouring properties while retaining the canopy cover that provides shade for the street. We will repair the footpath as part of these works.

    To accommodate the new trees, we will need to adjust on-street parking and will provide new parking areas next to Waterfront Park.

    Roads and Maritime Services will require us to increase the ‘no stopping’ distances at the Bowman Street intersections from 6 metres to 10 metres. This will result in an overall loss of two to three parking spaces.

    The tree species proposed for this street is Sydney red gum. We may also plant tulipwood and cottonwood based on community feedback.

    We propose to stage the works on each side of Bowman Street consecutively. However, we can work on both sides of the street at the same time, depending on feedback from residents.

    View the concept plan and provide your feedback until 6pm on Friday 9 June 2017.

    Project queries can be made to James Lawton, Project Manager, on 02 9265 9333

  • Maddox Street, Alexandria

    3 months ago
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    New garden beds and trees have also been installed in existing ‘No Parking’ areas in Maddox Street, Alexandria and also in nearby roundabouts. The City consulted the residents of Maddox Street in August 2016, and also the Sydney City Traffic Committee in regards to these works and received overall support for the project. We also investigated resident requests to install parking at this location, however due to ‘No Stopping’ distances required at intersections (by the RMS), this location would have only provided one new parking space, at the expense of two trees.

    New garden beds and trees have also been installed in existing ‘No Parking’ areas in Maddox Street, Alexandria and also in nearby roundabouts. The City consulted the residents of Maddox Street in August 2016, and also the Sydney City Traffic Committee in regards to these works and received overall support for the project. We also investigated resident requests to install parking at this location, however due to ‘No Stopping’ distances required at intersections (by the RMS), this location would have only provided one new parking space, at the expense of two trees.

  • Green Streets Project in Darlington

    3 months ago
    Darlington header

    The City can advise our Green Streets project in Darlington, adjacent to the Sydney University Aquatic Centre, has also been completed. Following consultation with nearby residents and Sydney University, the City has installed new garden beds and three new street trees. Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) and Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) have been planted here to provide much needed shade for pedestrians.

    The City can advise our Green Streets project in Darlington, adjacent to the Sydney University Aquatic Centre, has also been completed. Following consultation with nearby residents and Sydney University, the City has installed new garden beds and three new street trees. Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) and Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) have been planted here to provide much needed shade for pedestrians.

  • Pelican Street, Surry Hills - Streetscape Improvements

    11 months ago
    Pelican header

    Thankyou to all members of the community who participated in the community consultation for the Green Streets Project at Pelican Street, Surry Hills. We received a high level of public support for the project and are pleased to announce the project has been completed.

    The works included:

    • Planting five new Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) and gardens within the existing ‘No Parking/No Stopping’ areas.
    • Providing two additional car parking spaces.
    • Footpath extensions at the Poplar Street intersection to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians.
    • Improved stormwater drainage infrastructure

    Thankyou to all members of the community who participated in the community consultation for the Green Streets Project at Pelican Street, Surry Hills. We received a high level of public support for the project and are pleased to announce the project has been completed.

    The works included:

    • Planting five new Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) and gardens within the existing ‘No Parking/No Stopping’ areas.
    • Providing two additional car parking spaces.
    • Footpath extensions at the Poplar Street intersection to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians.
    • Improved stormwater drainage infrastructure

  • Cowper Wharf Road trial traffic changes

    7 days ago

    The City is trialling reducing the number of traffic lanes on Cowper Wharf Road from four lanes to two. This involves the installation of temporary signs and water-filled barriers. Bus Zones, Traffic Signals and right-turn lanes are the same. The trial will concluded on 5 February. The results will be accessed by an independent traffic consultant and will be reported to Council's Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee.

    The City is trialling reducing the number of traffic lanes on Cowper Wharf Road from four lanes to two. This involves the installation of temporary signs and water-filled barriers. Bus Zones, Traffic Signals and right-turn lanes are the same. The trial will concluded on 5 February. The results will be accessed by an independent traffic consultant and will be reported to Council's Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee.

  • Revised concept design for Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

    over 1 year ago

    The City of Sydney has plans to improve pedestrian safety along Cowper Wharf Road and plant more trees and shrubs to reduce stormwater runoff and provide more shade.

    We have revised a concept design for the road following this year’s community consultation and invite your feedback.

    The proposed design includes:

    ·Widening of the median strip in some areas;

    ·A new pedestrian refuge island in the centre of the road;

    ·A wider footpath on the south side of Cowper Wharf Road between Brougham and McElhone streets;

    ·36 new Sydney red gums (Angophora costata) and new native grasses... Continue reading

    The City of Sydney has plans to improve pedestrian safety along Cowper Wharf Road and plant more trees and shrubs to reduce stormwater runoff and provide more shade.

    We have revised a concept design for the road following this year’s community consultation and invite your feedback.

    The proposed design includes:

    · Widening of the median strip in some areas;

    · A new pedestrian refuge island in the centre of the road;

    · A wider footpath on the south side of Cowper Wharf Road between Brougham and McElhone streets;

    · 36 new Sydney red gums (Angophora costata) and new native grasses planted in the median strip.

    The wider median strip will reduce the number of traffic lanes in some places from four lanes to two, and in others from four lanes to three. Due to low recorded traffic volumes, vehicle journey times are not expected to increase as a result of the proposal. There will be no loss of parking spaces on the street.

    The new plants will not impact on sight lines for drivers. We will also remove the trees near the Wylde Street intersection in response to community feedback.

    You can view the design in the document library to the right of this page. Feedback may be submitted until Friday 13 November 2015.

    For all project queries and to make a submission, please contact James Lawton, Project Manager, Street Tree Planting on 02 9265 9333, or email jlawton@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

  • Proposed landscaping works at Park Avenue, Glebe

    over 1 year ago

    The City of Sydney has plans to landscape the closed section of Park Avenue between Allen Street and Allen Lane. Before we start work, we would like your feedback on the draft design.

    The new landscaping will provide more shade and reduce stormwater run-off in the area.

    The design includes:

    ·Recycled brick paving to replace the asphalt surface;

    ·Ornamental trees in garden beds down the centre of the road;

    ·Timber bench seating near the garden beds.

    The proposed tree species under consideration for the project are either Golden Robinia (Robinia psuedocacia ‘Frisia’) or Jacaranda(Jacaranda mimosifolia).

    The... Continue reading

    The City of Sydney has plans to landscape the closed section of Park Avenue between Allen Street and Allen Lane. Before we start work, we would like your feedback on the draft design.

    The new landscaping will provide more shade and reduce stormwater run-off in the area.

    The design includes:

    · Recycled brick paving to replace the asphalt surface;

    · Ornamental trees in garden beds down the centre of the road;

    · Timber bench seating near the garden beds.

    The proposed tree species under consideration for the project are either Golden Robinia (Robinia psuedocacia ‘Frisia’) or Jacaranda(Jacaranda mimosifolia).

    The City invites you to view the proposal at sydneyyoursay.com.au/green-streets. You can submit your feedback on the draft concept design and proposed tree species by Friday 10 October 2015.

    To make a submission, or for more information, contact James Lawton, Project Manager Tree Planting on 02 9265 9333 or email jlawton@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

  • Adding more trees to green Erskineville Streets

    7 days ago

    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

    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 after it rains.

    We propose to plant Water Gum (Tristaniopsis laurina) and/or Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia') alongside the current trees in locations where the soil holds the most water. These two tree species are common in Erskineville and grow well in clay soils.

    We invite you to view the proposed tree species in the document library to the right and send your thoughts and comments to Kristin Gabriel, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator at kgabriel@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or mail to 456 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000 by 5pm 27 July 2015.

  • Adding new trees and shade along Cowper Wharf Road

    7 days ago

    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

    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 other parts of the median; and

    - Adding drainage and new soil.

    We invite you to view the draft concept design and have your say before 20 March 2015. Please send your submissions to Kristin Gabriel, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator at kgabriel@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au