Tree planting program

Image above: We’ll be working with local nurseries and social enterprises to grow the first of at least 30,000 trees for the North East Link Project.

The North East Link Project is planning one of the largest tree planting programs for a major infrastructure project in Victoria.

For every tree removed to build the North East Link Project, two will be planted, achieving a net gain in tree canopy cover by 2045.

Over the next few years, more than 30,000 trees will be planted to shade local areas, improve open spaces and enhance the look and feel of community places.

We’ll be working hard to keep the benefits as close as possible to where trees have been removed.

Our first priority is to minimise how many trees need to be removed to build North East Link – this work is happening now as part of the detailed design stage.

Our next priority is to replace as many trees as possible inside the project boundary where they have been lost from construction.

The remainder will be planted in locations along the project boundary and in local council areas the project passes through. If needed, we may also look at locations across greater Melbourne.

We’ve already started speaking with local nurseries and social enterprises about opportunities to grow the first of the thousands of trees that will be planted.

We’ll also be talking to the community later this year about opportunities to get involved.

If you’d like to talk to us about getting involved now, please get in touch at

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