He said under its «Green Spaces, Great Places» program, a Labor government would work with councils and environmental groups to implement Greater Sydney Commission’s plans and prioritise suburbs in western Sydney where just one-fifth of homes have tree cover.
When asked specifically where in Sydney the trees would be planted, Mr Daley broadly said in western Sydney.
The government, which earlier announced it will appoint the first minister for public spaces, cast Labor’s plan as a “sad imitation” of its own efforts.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals government is already getting on with the job of delivering our record $290 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney package, delivering more open spaces, parks, playgrounds and five million new trees across Sydney,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.
The Total Environment Centre (TEC) said the focus on western Sydney was essential.
«While the Berejiklian government has announced a minister for public spaces and funds for new parks – their policies are too limited in scope and do nothing to ensure existing parks and trees survive into the future,» TEC’s director Jeff Angel said.
«You can’t improve the city’s liveability by continuing to allow established parks and trees to be destroyed.»
Labor made the announcement at Callan Park, a neglected heritage-listed site in the seat of Balmain which is held by the Greens’ Jamie Parker.
«Our fight’s not with the Greens,» Mr Daley said. «If you vote for minor parties or independents you might just wake up on March 24 and Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro might still be in charge of the state.»