Re­la­tion­ship sprouts vi­tal roots for wa­ter

Gatton Star - - News -

A UNIQUE col­lab­o­ra­tion will mean bet­ter and health­ier wa­ter­ways flow­ing from the Lock­yer Val­ley in the fu­ture.

A part­ner­ship be­tween Se­qwa­ter, West More­ton Land­care and the Univer­sity of Queens­land re­sulted in an army of vol­un­teers plant­ing more than 5000 trees along the Lock­yer Creek at UQ Gat­ton last week.

The pro­ject built on tree plant­ing un­der­taken in March 2014, where 2000 trees were planted.

Se­qwa­ter Source Pro­tec­tion Plan­ner Daniel Gar­cia said the works strived to im­prove the sta­bil­ity of banks along the Lock­yer Creek, which would sub­se­quently im­prove wa­ter qual­ity through re­duced ero­sion.

“Al­most ev­ery­thing we do is re­lated back to wa­ter qual­ity and wa­ter treat­ment and in this case the amount of sed­i­ment was a real con­cern for us,” Mr Gar­cia said.

West More­ton Land­care pres­i­dent Bob Hamp­son said the plant­ing was funded through the Queens­land Govern­ment’s Ev­ery­one’s En­vi­ron­ment grants pro­gram andWest More­ton Land­care, in part­ner­ship with Se­qwa­ter.

UQ St Lu­cia school of busi­ness stu­dent Anh Pham, from Viet­nam, vol­un­teered on the day and said she en­joyed help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I like to do some mean­ing­ful things and I think plant­ing trees is very im­por­tant to life to pro­tect from ero­sion and it’ll make a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment,” Mrs Pham said.

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