Plant­ing pro­gram puts roots down

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

THE biggest en­vi­ron­men­tal tree plant­ing project ever un­der­taken in the Bund­aberg re­gion was of­fi­cially launched this week.

Mayor of the Bund­aberg Re­gion, Jack Dempsey, and the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Green­fleet planted the first of 90,000 na­tive trees in the Barolin Na­ture Re­serve as a vol­un­tary car­bon off­set.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Green­fleet project was a win for Coun­cil, the com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“This will re­vi­talise one of our re­gion’s most pop­u­lar and sig­nif­i­cant nat­u­ral ar­eas,” the Mayor said,

Spokesper­son for En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Cr Bill Trevor said the ini­tia­tive would cre­ate a new 90 hectare for­est on land which is cur­rently bare, pro­vid­ing ex­tra habi­tat for wildlife and more bush­land for peo­ple to en­joy.

“We are de­lighted that Green­fleet has cho­sen to in­vest in a project of this scale and pro­vide the ex­per­tise to make it a suc­cess,” Cr Trevor said.

“Un­der the project, Green­fleet will main­tain the planted ar­eas for five years to en­sure good sur­vival of the trees and in re­turn Coun­cil has guar­an­teed that the trees will re­main in place for a min­i­mum of 30 years.”

Green­fleet CEO, Wayne Wescott said the trees rep­re­sented real ac­tion on cli­mate change.

“This will be­come one of more than 425 forests we have planted across Australia and New Zealand since 1997 on be­half of our sup­port­ers.

As it grows, the for­est at Barolin Na­ture Re­serve will cap­ture car­bon pol­lu­tion from the at­mos­phere.

To con­serve bio­di­ver­sity and gen­er­ate re­silience to cli­mate change in the land­scape,” he said.

“It also will help the en­dan­gered marine tur­tles at Mon Re­pos by re­duc­ing the glow of lights onto the beach.

“When I vis­ited Mon Re­pos yes­ter­day the rangers ex­plained that the baby tur­tles need a dark beach so that they can get safely out to sea.

“I am very proud that, in the longterm, the Green­fleet for­est will help them to sur­vive.” he said.

The tree plant­ing project re­quired ap­proval from the Queens­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources which rec­om­mended the Coun­cil pro­vide a 30 year lease to Green­fleet to clar­ify ar­range­ments for car­bon se­ques­tra­tion.

Mr Wescott said this ap­proval gave Green­fleet the con­fi­dence to in­vest in the cre­ation of more forests in Queens­land:

“We are con­tin­u­ously look­ing for suit­able land and are talk­ing with Coun­cils and pri­vate landown­ers about fu­ture pro­jects in Queens­land.”

The 90,000 trees will be ger­mi­nated next month and planted early in 2017 depend­ing on rain­fall.

The coun­cil are seek­ing in­ter­est from land own­ers.

NA­TURE RE­SERVE: Mayor Jack Dempsey plants a tree for the new coun­cil pro­gram.

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