Residents are invited to join Central Highlands Regional Council and Central Highlands Toyota in planting 300 drought-tolerant trees at the Emerald dog park on Rifle Range Road this weekend as part of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.
‘This family and dog-friendly event is a great opportunity for the community to get together and do something good for our environment and man’s best friend,’ Mayor Kerry Hayes said.
‘Over 5 million volunteers have planted over 25 million trees since National Tree Day began in 1996 and this year, I am excited to bring this event to Emerald’s dog park.
‘With the current lack of water in the region it is important we continue to build a sustainable environment with plants that can survive our tough and dry conditions.’
General Manager Communities John McDougall said this year’s event will also see the launch of council’s new Significant Tree Register competition and a first look at a new guide for planting the right trees in the Central Highlands.
’These two initiatives will work together to help council acknowledge the past significance of trees and also build a sustainable future of the fauna across our region. They will ensure important trees are preserved and the new ones planted are fit-for-purpose,’ said Mr McDougall.
‘We are so excited to launch our local planting guide that identifies eight tough, quick-growing and moderately-sized plant species matching the look and feel of the Central Highlands.
‘In addition, community members will be able to submit entries of existing trees to be considered for the Significant Tree Register. This register will assist council in regional landscaping decisions in the future,’ Mr McDougall said.
Come along to the Central Highlands National Tree Day celebrations from 8 am – 10 am for a fun morning of helping our environment with a free BBQ provided by Central Highlands Toyota.
Don’t forget to bring along your gardening equipment, water bottle and hat.
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