On 9 November 2020, CMET General Manager Peter O’Brien, along with members of the Customer Experience Team planted 3 new Melliodora (Yellow Box gum) trees nearby the light rail network. These trees are part of a CMET initiative committed to contributing positively to The ACT Climate Change Strategy. Since the beginning of Canberra’s light rail project, CMET and the ACT Government, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS) have been committed to delivering a sustainable light rail operation. The construction of Stage 1 light rail achieved a ‘Leading’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) As-Built Rating which is the highest possible rating for IS version 1.2, from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia (ISCA).
CMET continue to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable operations by planting these trees near the alignment to help offset any paper products used since light rail operations commenced in April 2019. CMET consumed over 25 trees through printing in the 12 months to April 2020. The remaining number of trees consumed will be purchased through charitable partner One Tree Planted. The trees will be planted in Australia and will aid in the recovery of the recent bushfires and restore native habitats.
CMET extends their thanks to the Urban Treescapes team at TCCS for their assistance during this initiative.
Check out some footage from the event on our Facebook page.