A thousand trees will be planted at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan on Sunday, 30 July, as part of National Tree Day.
The tree planting, being held from 9am to 1pm, will also be the Tweed Shire’s first event for Local Government Week 2017, launching eight days of special events at council facilities and other activities.
The tree planting at Pat Smith Park will improve the health of Dulguigan Creek by restoring riparian vegetation affected by the floods in March. A section of the Rous River bank on Dulguigan Road will also be planted on the day.
Tweed Council waterways project officer Matthew Bloor said the Rous River catchment received the most rain during the recent floods. Riparian vegetation and creek banks sustained a lot of damage as the flood peak moved through the catchment.
‘Council has organised this event to foster community participation in restoring our treasured waterways,’ he said.
The council is working with landowners on the Rous River between Chillingham and Murwillumbah, through a NSW Government Environmental Trust grant to improve waterway health and riparian vegetation.
In the first 12 months of the three-year project, nearly 3 kilometres of fencing has been erected to restrict stock access to the Rous River, and works to rehabilitate 4 kilometres of riparian vegetation have begun.
‘Healthy trees, shrubs and groundcovers are one of the best ways of reducing erosion and reducing the impact of flood water. Previous National Tree Day plantings between Uki and Byangum helped reduce the damage to river banks, farmland, roads and other public infrastructure,’ Mr Bloor said.
The annual planting days are held at a different location each year and this will be the first held near Murwillumbah.
National Tree Day is Australia’s largest nature care event. To RSVP or for more information visit the National Tree Day website http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10015783 or contact Matthew Bloor on (02) 66702580 or [email protected]
Visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/LGWK to find out more about this year’s Local Government Week events.