Moratt’s Pitt to be focus of Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day

Moratt’s Pitt will be this year’s target for the Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day this Sunday (July 28).

Burdekin Shire Council Environmental Health Manager Tracy Jensen said 250 trees would be supplied by the Lower Burdekin Landcare Association to be planted at the site off Beach Road in Ayr.

“There will be a variety of tree species planted in the diverse areas of wet and dry conditions at Moratt’s Pitt, which is a Council drainage reserve,” she said.

“We could see well over 100 volunteers turn up for the event, including a large number of Burdekin Catholic High School Year 8 students _ which could possibly make this a record for the number of participants.

“Volunteers will receive gloves, tools and the equipment needed to plant the trees as well as watering cans, buckets and drinking water.

“Participants will need to bring covered shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle and it is recommended people also wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection.”

Ms Jensen said the site would be prepared for planting by NETO project workers prior to the event.

“Once all the hard work is done on Sunday there will be free refreshments and a barbecue for participants at the council reserve off Lisa Drive,” she said.

“We’re inviting all residents to come along, have a bit of fun and get their hands dirty by doing something good for the environment.”

Ms Jensen said Council, Lower Burdekin Landcare, Don West Toyota and Planet Ark had joined forces to host the event.

The National Tree Planting Day event will run from 9.30am to 11.30am at Moratt’s Pitt, located opposite the brickworks on Beach Road, on Sunday, July 28.

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year more than 350,000 people across the country will attend thousands of sites organised by councils, schools, businesses, communities and Toyota dealers.

For further information please visit Burdekin Shire Council website at www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800, alternatively please visit http://treeday.planetark.org/

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