National Tree Day Planting for Rockhampton Region

Published on 31 July 2020

Parks Acting Manager Michael Elgey, Councillor Cherie Rutherford, and Councillor Donna Kirkland

National Tree Day events may not be able to be formally held this year but Rockhampton Regional Council has marked this Sunday’s traditional event with a symbolic tree planting at Kershaw Gardens.

Parks Councillor Cherie Rutherford said Council had a long association with National Tree Day since it started in 1996 and it was important to continue the tradition.

“In a climate like ours, natural shade is an absolute must and Council has a big commitment in this year’s Budget to planting more trees right around the region,” Cr Rutherford said.

“Normally you’d see Councillors out in force at local events but unfortunately we couldn’t have those this year due to COVID. However it is great we were able to mark the occasion with this symbolic tree planting with my fellow Councillors today.

“Last month alone we planted 227 trees made up of 13 species from here in Rockhampton to Gracemere and the Mount Morgan and I can’t wait to see more done over the course of this year,” Cr Rutherford said.

Environment Councillor Donna Kirkland said there would be plenty of ‘symbolic’ plantings being held around the region off the back of this week’s native plant giveaway.

“So today we planted Weeping Lilly Pilly, Peanut Trees, Ribbon Wood and Tristaniopsis which are stunning natives that will really contribute to the amenity here at Kershaw Gardens,” Cr Kirkland said.

“We were really pleased to give those plants away to the community and to do our part for National Tree Day with the planting at Kershaw today.”