Burdekin residents encouraged to collect mulch and plant trees

Burdekin residents are being encouraged to get their green thumbs out this weekend by picking up some free mulch or taking part in National Tree Day this weekend.

Burdekin Shire Council Environmental Health Manager Tracy Jensen said residents could access free mulch from the Ayr Waste Transfer Station from 9am until midday on Sunday.

“The free mulch days were popular following the large amounts of mulch produced in the wake of Cyclone Yasi and since then a number of requests have been made to repeat the offer,” she said.

“Council will have a loader on hand to load trailers and utes between 9am and 12 noon on Sunday.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get some free mulch for their gardens which will help control weed and as it breaks down will improve their soil.”

Ms Jensen said this was a one-time offer and trucks would not be permitted on site.

Residents are also invited to take part in the Burdekin National Tree Day event being held on Sunday in the Juru Walk section of Plantation Park from 9.30am until 11.30am.

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

“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,” she said.

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. 

Ms Jensen said the Burdekin Water Festival Junior Ambassadors would be helping out as part of their ambassadorial duties.

Lower Burdekin Landcare are donating the trees for both National Tree Day on the 29th July and Schools Tree Day on the 27th July.  Members from both Council and Landcare will be also preparing and coordinating the activities for the event. 

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 treeday.planetark.org

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