Popular parks turns blue for an important cause

Popular parks turns blue for an important cause

Gladstone’s Lions Park is looking a little blue, but it’s all for a very worthy cause.

Gladstone Regional Council has teamed up with Treescape to support the Blue Tree Project ahead of Queensland Mental Health Week 2020, running from 10-18 October.

Residents may have already noticed a deceased blue gum, fittingly painted in blue, located near Police Creek at Lions Park.

Gladstone Region Councillor Chris Cameron encouraged local schools and businesses to support the Blue Tree Project initiative by painting a tree of their own.

“The aim of the Blue Tree Project is to help spark difficult conversations, encouraging people to speak up about their mental health concerns,” Councillor Cameron said.

“By spreading paint, we can spread a message that ‘it’s OK to not be OK’, which can help break down the stigma that’s still attached to mental wellbeing.

“This iconic blue tree will be a great conversation starter and Council encourages people struggling with their mental health to seek support – whether that’s professional help or simply checking in on friends and family.

“Individually we are one tree, but together we are a forest.”

Cr Cameron added that Gladstone Regional Council is committed to improving employee health and wellbeing by listening, caring, and encouraging respect towards our own people and the community.

Please visit www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/blue-tree-project for more information.

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