The NSW Government is offering a free tree to help families in Western Sydney establish a garden for a newly built home to help ensure our future suburbs have a high-quality green canopy and are attractive places to live, work and play.
The Free Tree Initiative is part of the Greenfield Housing Code which will speed up the delivery of new homes in greenfield areas (new release areas) across NSW to meet the needs of the State’s growing population and improve housing affordability.
The Greenfield Housing Code requires a tree to be planted in the front and rear yard of each new home approved under complying development. The landscaping requirements in the new Code will ensure new release areas are leafier and more sustainable.
How to claim your Free Tree
- Read the information below to check if you are eligible to receive a free tree.
- Register for a Planning Portal account and login to start your application.
- Fill in the online form and upload your Complying Development Certificate to complete your application.
- Who is eligible to receive a Free Tree?
The Free Tree Initiative is open to anyone building a new house in certain Western Sydney locations, who have received Complying Development planning approval after 01/01/2018
It does not apply to alterations and additions to existing houses, or granny flats.
- Why is this initiative only available in eight greenfield areas?
The new Greenfield Housing Code includes a requirement for a tree in the front and rear yard of each new home approved under the complying development approval pathway.
Western Sydney has been identified as a rapid growth area, and this initiative will help to reduce urban heat in the area. More trees will complement new homes, produce cleaner air and increase shade in summer, raising the quality of life for homeowners while improving property values over time.
The trees will reduce energy bills by offering shade and will provide habitat for the native birds.
The Free Tree Initiative is available in the following council areas:
- The Hills
- Can the Free Tree voucher be redeemed at any Bunnings store?
You can redeem your Free Tree from one of the following Bunnings stores:
- Bankstown - 347-359 Milperra Road, Bankstown Airport NSW 2200
- Bellambi - Bellambi Ln & Watts Ln, Bellambi NSW 2518
- Blacktown - Great Western Hwy & Oatley Cl, Blacktown NSW 2148
- Bonnyrigg - 1-9 Bonnyrigg Ave, Bonnyrigg NSW 2177
- Campbelltown - Kellicar Rd & Bugden Pl, Campbelltown NSW 2560
- Castle Hill - 14 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill NSW 2154
- Crossroads - Camden Valley Wy, Casula NSW 2170
- Dural - 248-252 New Line Rd, Dural NSW 2158
- Gregory Hills - 2 Rodeo Rd, Gregory Hills NSW 2557
- Hoxton Park - Corner Cowpasture Road &, Airfield Dr, Hoxton Park NSW
- Marsden Park - Richmond Rd & Hollinsworth Rd, Marsden Park NSW 2765
- McGraths Hill - 264 - 272 Windsor Rd, Mcgraths Hill NSW 2756
- Minchinbury - Great Western Hwy & John Hines Ave, Minchinbury NSW 2770
- Mittagong - Corner Old Hume Highway & Tyree Place, Mittagong NSW 2575
- Narellan - Northern Road & Porrende Street, Narellan NSW 2567
- North Penrith - 2166 Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW 2750
- Penrith - 2166 Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW 2750
- Rouse Hill - 352 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
- Seven hills - Old Windsor Rd & Abbot Rd, Seven Hills NSW 2147
- Villawood - Woodville Rd & Tangerine Street, Villawood NSW 2163
- How do I get my Free Tree?
Eligible homeowners can register here.
You will be asked to provide contact details, the address of the property where the new house is being built, and a copy of your Complying Development Certificate.
Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be emailed a voucher and information about where you can redeem the voucher for a free tree or other garden plants.
There will be a number of accessible locations across Western Sydney.
- What can I use my voucher on?
You will receive a $40 voucher to be used at Bunnings which can be used on eligible trees instore. You can either purchase 3x eligible trees 200mm trees or 1x eligible 300mm tree.
- Are there any limits on the Free Tree Initiative?
The NSW Government will fund up to 5,000 Free Tree vouchers annually for a three-year period (finishing June 2021).
Vouchers will have an expiry date. Expired vouchers will not be re-issued.
The vouchers will be issued on a “first come, first served basis” and only one will be provided per property. Once 5,000 vouchers are issued in a financial year, no more registrations will be taken for that year.
In the following financial year, a further 5,000 vouchers will be available.