Get involved in National Tree Day

Councillor Glenn Churchill, Bill Robertson Toyota Dealer Principal, James Robertson and Conservation Volunteers Linda Fahle.

Volunteers have been nurturing native plants for schools and the community to plant during National Tree Day this Sunday, July 29.

Join Council’s Conservation team, Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and Bill Robertson Toyota from 9 am at Lake Callemondah this Sunday for some community building through tree planting.

Schools Tree Day (Friday) and National Tree Day (Sunday) are Australia’s largest annual tree planting and nature care events.

Trees were offered to all kindergartens and primary schools throughout the region for their own activities in the lead up to July 27.

Council’s conservation team will be helping local schools to plant trees at Agnes Water and Tannum Sands with assistance from the Gidarjil Sea Ranger trainees and volunteers from the Friends of Conservation group.

“We will also be providing trees and tools for the community planting at Lake Callemondah on Sunday.”

“This year, everyone is asked to ‘get their hands dirty’ and spend more time immersed in nature rather than being glued to their mobile screens,” Gladstone Regional Councillor, Glenn Churchill said.

New research from Planet Ark and Toyota Australia has found Australians are spending just four per cent of their week enjoying the outdoors, despite 89 per cent of us agreeing time spent outdoors helps to reduce stress.

Planet Ark CEO Paul Klymenko said one in three Australians believe spending time in nature makes them feel more relaxed with a positive impact on their mental and spiritual health. Ninety per cent of us also think outdoor activities have many benefits for the wellbeing and development of children.