100,000th tree planted to help river sys­tems

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE BUSINESS -

A RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION pro­gram de­signed to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and in­crease bio­di­ver­sity in the Coast’s river catch­ments has reached a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.

Mayor Mark Jamieson joined land­hold­ers for a tree-plant­ing project that will see about 134,000 trees planted to re­ha­bil­i­tate the re­gion’s ma­jor river catch­ments.

Mr Jamieson planted the mile­stone 100,000th tree on pub­lic land next to the Mooloolah River at Glenview.

Cr Jamieson said the River Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram had seen thou­sands of trees planted and even more pro­tected through­out the Mary, Ma­roochy and Mooloolah River catch­ments along with the Bells Creek and Cur­rimundi Creek ar­eas.

“This is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of our En­vi­ron­ment Levy de­liv­er­ing sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for both our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, and the wider com­mu­nity now and into the fu­ture,” Cr Jamieson said.

“Projects like this aim to re­duce ero­sion, im­prove over­all catch­ment health, pro­tect en­dan­gered flora species and, ul­ti­mately, also im­prove wa­ter qual­ity through­out the re­gion’s wa­ter­ways.

“I would like to ex­tend our thanks par­tic­u­larly to the pri­vate land­hold­ers who have worked with us to achieve these im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.”

En­vi­ron­ment Port­fo­lio coun­cil­lor Jenny McKay ap­plauded the ef­forts of land­hold­ers and com­mu­nity groups to de­liver im­prove­ments.

“This will not only im­prove our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and our river catch­ments, but will pro­tect and en­hance our iconic wa­ter­ways for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ROOTS FOR FU­TURE: Mayor Mark Jamieson and Coun­cil­lor Jenny McKay by the Mooloolah River.

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