Green cru­sade in Cannonvale

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents braved the wet weather for the National Tree Day com­mu­nity plant­ing event at Galbraith Park in Cannonvale on Sun­day.

A small group of res­i­dents and Land­care vol­un­teers planted trees along the creek bank as part of the long run­ning Gal­bratih Creek stream re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­ject.

Ob­jec­tives of the pro­ject are to sta­bi­lize the stream, reveg­e­tate the banks with na­tive plants which will pro­vide a habi­tat and wildlife cor­ri­dor over time. Whit­sun­day Catch­ment Land­care of­fi­cer Steve Booth said the group planted about 120 trees, shrubs and ground cov­ers.

“We have had broad com­mu­nity sup­port from or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses, con­trac­tors and lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers for National Tree Day and the on­go­ing pro­ject at Galbraith,” he said.

“Of course we want to thank all the vol­un­teers who came and slugged it out in the rain.”

All na­tive plants were sourced from lo­cal seed, col­lected by Land­care vol­un­teers and grown at the Whit­sun­day Catch­ment Land­care com­mu­nity nurs­ery.

Mr Booth said Whit­sun­day Catch­ment Land­care would be look­ing for­ward to plant­ing at other lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Brandy Creek and the Proser­pine River in the fu­ture.

This year marked the plant­ing of the 20-mil­lionth tree since the national event be­gan in 1996.

For de­tails visit www.whit­sun­day­land­care.org.

COM­MU­NITY SPIRIT: Land­care vol­un­teers Jan and Gra­ham Arm­strong and Penny Tay­lor joined Land­care of­fi­cer Steve Booth to plant trees at Galbraith Park.

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