Community tree planting event shines spotlight on the environment

Burdekin residents will join forces to plant up to 300 native trees this weekend as part of Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said this Sunday 30 July was National Tree Day and to mark the occasion, residents were invited to a community tree planting celebration at Morrat’s Pit on Beach Road.

“We’re going to plant 300 trees and add to the great work that’s already been completed at Morrat’s Pit by Lower Burdekin Landcare Association to improve the site’s habitation and ecological qualities,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council is hosting this event in conjunction with Landcare to raise awareness of the local environment and to encourage our residents to play an active role in its care.”

Gloves, tools, equipment for planting and drinking water will be provided on the day but participants will need to bring covered shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle. A long sleeved shirt and pants are recommended but not compulsory.

Cr McLaughlin said those who participated would be rewarded with a free barbecue lunch and refreshments following the tree planting event.

Lower Burdekin Landcare Chairman Keith Kiloh said National Tree Day was an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the environment.

“If we can get more people involved in supporting the environment and every individual is doing their little bit to help, I think that’s only to the benefit of everybody,” he said.

Sunday’s community tree planting event commences at Morrat’s Pit, on Beach Road, at 9am.

RSVP your attendance to Julie Kenniff by calling 0429 708408 or by email

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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