The Tregear community has been congratulated in Federal Parliament this week for their involvement in a ground-breaking carbon farming project.
Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic spoke of the tremendous environmental work that had recently been undertaken by the Tregear Reserve Bushcare Group, while debating the Carbon Farming legislation which is before Parliament.
The planting of native trees in the Tregear Reserve was part of Blacktown Council’s Regenesis Project which is a first-of-a-kind for local government in New South Wales.
The Regenesis Project grew from a partnership between a city council and a regional counterpart – between Blacktown City Council and Liverpool Plains Shire Council, made possible through a $2 million grant from the NSW Environment Trust.
Mr Husic said, “During the life of the project, spanning three years, 220,000 native plants across 100 hectares of land in 33 bio-diverse carbon forests, have been grown in line with the carbon trading requirements established by the Kyoto protocol.”
“I have no doubt that this project could be the blueprint for other local governments and that it can ultimately help set up the trading of carbon offset certificates through carbon emissions trading schemes.”
Mr Husic was speaking in favour of a Bill that would set up carbon farming as a way of offsetting carbon emission through the planting of forests, once a carbon price is set.