Free planting event to mark National Tree Day

Council will celebrate National Tree Day and the 25th year of the $1.3 million Enviroplan project this Sunday with a community planting event at Cribb Park.

The Garden of Eden Bushcare Group will oversee the planting, as members of the general public add native flora and remove weeds from the Bremer riverbank.

Mayor Teresa Harding said it was wonderful to see more local greenery added to Ipswich parks.

“The hundreds of endemic species in our city are beautiful and well-adapted, requiring less maintenance, using less water and providing a habitat for native wildlife,” Mayor Harding said.

“I look forward to catching up with our dedicated Bushcare Group on Sunday and saying thank you to all of our hard-working volunteers.”

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair Councillor Russell Milligan said restoring the banks of the Bremer River was an important part of council’s commitment to improving waterway health.

“Healthy waterways give our city life in so many ways. They support healthy ecosystems, increase our resilience to floods and provide cool and scenic places for recreation,” he said.

“Council partnering with volunteers, such as the Garden of Eden Bushcare group, is one way that we are working with the community to improve the city’s waterways and environment.

“We are working with landowners in Franklin Vale Creek and Black Snake Creek to revegetate key areas of the catchment.

“The Enviroplan-funded Landholder Conservation Partnerships Program also works with property owners along the Bremer River, creeks and catchment areas on restoration projects on their private properties.

“Council also has ongoing projects to improve water quality such as the Small Creek naturalisation project, a water smart street trees trial and bio-retention basins to remove pollutants from stormwater runoff.”

See events on council’s Facebook page or visit Eventbrite to register a free ticket for the Cribb Park community planting.

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