Big boost to shade and greenery delivered in Johnson Road, Gracemere

Published on 20 May 2024


Johnson Road, Gracemere is set to receive a significant greenery boost with 65 new trees planted across median strips, footpaths and behind the local school.

The project which is part of Rockhampton Regional Council’s 2023/24 Parks and Open Space Planting program will mean better tree canopy providing shade and cooling the local area while improving biodiversity and the natural environment.

The project will include:

  1. 23 trees planted in the Johnson Road centre median strip
  2. 29 trees planted along Johnson Road between Fisher and Bland streets
  3. 13 trees planted behind Waraburra State School along the footpath on Middle Road

The tress will be a variety of three species - Lophostemon confertus, barklya syringifolia, and xanthostemon chrysanthus ‘Fairhill Gold’ – which have been chosen for their history of thriving in similar conditions as well as meeting safety criteria for street trees.

Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams said he was thrilled to see this investment going into Gracemere and improving greenery in the local area.

“This is a great outcome for residents with an expected 50 per cent increase in canopy coverage in the local area once these trees reach maturity,” Mayor Williams said.

“We know people want to see more trees and greenery and this project will deliver that in spades.

“It also provides important biodiversity outcomes longer-term and reduces the heat island effect in our local suburbs.”

Division 4 Councillor, Cr Edward Oram, said the project honours Council’s commitment to urban greening and improved the look and feel of local streets.

“This is a great outcome for our local community.  I am particularly glad to see this investment being delivered close to one of our local schools which will provide greater shade and protection for local families who use Johnson Road every day,” Cr Oram said.

Planting will commence today with minimal disruption to road users or pedestrians and is expected to reach completion by the end of June 2024.