100,000th tree planted to help river systems
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.
ROOTS FOR FUTURE: Mayor Mark Jamieson and Councillor Jenny McKay by the Mooloolah River.