Residents can join a National Tree Day community planting at Central Park to expand riparian vegetation, increase biodiversity and contribute to the One Million Trees initiative.
Set to be held on Wednesday 3 August from 9 am to 11 am in celebration of National Tree Day, the community tree planting will see up to 400 native trees planted in the park area along Saltwater Creek.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the community was invited to take part in the tree planting which would have long-lasting environmental and social benefits.
“We have about 400 local native trees and shrubs ready to be planted and the more hands helping mean the more we can get into the ground at this fabulous event,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“This area was chosen to protect and expand the riparian vegetation along Saltwater Creek.
“The additional trees will provide stability to the creek bank, assist in managing erosion and contribute to improved water quality in Saltwater Creek, which flows into the Burnett River.
“And importantly, by expanding the native vegetation we’re improving the biodiversity, providing habitat for our local plants and wildlife.”
Mayor Dempsey encouraged all residents to get involved, no matter their experience in tree planting.
“The site is prepped, the trees are ready and it’s just a great opportunity for us to come together as a community to expand this natural area.
“While it is certainly an important factor, we aren’t just improving the biodiversity of the area.
“This planting will enhance Central Park for years to come.
“It will improve the park’s aesthetics, provide more shade and cool areas for recreation and increase enjoyment of this area year-round.”
The National Tree Day community planting will feature a range of native trees and shrubs including:
- Red Ash – Alphitonia excelsa
- Swamp Oak – Casuarina glauca
- Tuckeroo – Cupaniopsis anacardioides
- Crows Ash – Flindersia australis
- Swamp Mahogany – Lophostemon suaveolens
- Black Tea-tree – Melaleuca bracteata
- Broad-leaved Paperbark – Melaleuca quinquinervia
- Weeping Lilly Pilly – Waterhousea floribunda
To take part in the National Tree Day community planting, register online here.