RESIDENTS have braved the moody wet weather to plant 10,000 native trees at Robina City Parklands as part of the “Gold Coast’s Biggest Tree Planting Day”.
As many as 1000 people were expected to turn up to lend a hand on Saturday morning.
Volunteers will also remediate 400m of waterway along Mudgeeraba Creek and weed around one hectare of parklands.
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Environment Minister Steven Miles said the event, hosted by the Gold Coast Catchment Association (GCCA) and supported by City of Gold Coast, was made possible thanks to $24,770 in funding from the state government.
“Planting native tree species will help revegetate Robina City Parklands and provide new and valuable habitat for wildlife and migratory birds,” Mr Miles said.
“The theme for this year’s event is the importance of native vegetation in the urban landscape.
“This is a great chance for the community to connect with the local environment by planting trees.
“So come along, get your gloves dirty and help rebuild the environment that supports us.
“Every tree that is planted helps, and in years to come the volunteers can come back to Robina City Parklands and see the difference they made to the environment.”
GCCA president Wal Mayr thanked the Queensland Government for the funding.
“During the previous three Biggest Tree Planting Days, more than 42,000 trees were planted,” he said.
“Those events were held at Country Paradise Parklands and the wetland revegetation project in Nerang.
“The volunteers who took part in those events took home a bundle of learnings and joyful memories.
“It is amazing what 10,000 trees can do for the environment and I encourage the community to get involved in this renewal greening project.”