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Scouts dig in at Wyper Park for One Million Trees

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Scout Leader Latisha (Marcia) Doherty with Kepnock Scout Group Cubs and Scouts QLD Region Commissioner Wide Bay Burnett Region Maurie Wilson enjoyed planting 102 trees at Wyper Park.

The annual Scout Jamboree on the Air and Internet was extra special for five Bundaberg Region groups which planted 102 trees for Council’s One Million Trees initiative.

Each year, on the third weekend in October, scouts from all over the world take part in the Jamboree On The Air – Jamboree On The Internet (JOTA JOTI) event.

The annual event allows local groups to gather at Wyper Park for not only fun and adventure, but also to learn new skills.

This year scouts of all levels took part in the special occasion by planting more than 100 native trees at the facility, jointly funded by the One Million Trees and Green Book projects.

Scouts Queensland Region Commissioner Wide Bay Burnett Region Maurie “Finch” Wilson said he was grateful to be involved in the One Million Trees program.

Maurie said it would not only benefit the local environment at Wyper Park but also teach scouts about taking care of the land for future generations.

“This is an annual event JOTA JOTI, and it gives the youth [the opportunity] to talk to scouts around the world and share their experience of tree planting,” he said.

“We never got to do this when I was a young scout.

“It’s great to be part of One Million Trees – we are right into it.”

One Million Trees Scouts
Kepnock Scout's Jaxx Mahoney, Grace Haritos and Eli Bemet excited to help the environment at Wyper Park.

Moore Park Beach Leader Linda Jenkins (Bilby) was excited to have the young scouts involved in planting more than 100 trees at Wyper Park.

“The tree planting is a really good way to give back to the community,” she said.

“We have all levels of scouts here, Joeys through to Venturers, and we’ve been given 102 trees which is just fantastic.”

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey thanked the local scouts for being involved in the One Million Trees and Green Book programs.

“Whether you are from a corporation or a community group, everyone can join in together and plant a tree for the future,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“You may not get to enjoy the shade now, but others will well into the future.

“A big thank you to the scouts and the volunteers and their families who contribute so much to building not just great youth but great citizens.

“Well done on taking on the One Million Trees and becoming involved.”

To find out more about the One Million Trees initiative and to take part, head to the project page.

Green Book is an ABC Heywire initiative funded through FRRR.

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