Music festival secures green future
Australia's premier outdoor country music festival has added a new leaf to its beneficiaries — the environment.
Funds generated through the Queensland based Toyota National Country Music Muster have contributed to more than 6000 native trees being planted in the Amamoor Creek Forest Park over the past two years, with another 3000 trees to be planted pre-Muster this year.
Gympie Landcare are in charge of the revegetation project and are currently at Amamoor preparing the site.
Project Manager Phil Berrill said the Amamoor tree planting was the biggest event of the year for Gympie Landcare by weight of numbers.
"We are at Stage Three of our five-year plan to revegetate the area with native fauna and the number of people getting involved continues to grow," he said.
"At last year's pre-Muster tree plant, 230 campers planted more than 1500 trees on the first day.
"People of all ages were planting 'family/memorial trees', which are tagged with a family name or in memory of a loved one and patrons can watch the progress of 'their' tree each year. Alternatively, trees can be purchased online and we will plant and tag them."
The newly planted trees have an 80 per cent survival rate thanks to regular maintenance carried out by Landcare. Seed stock for the native trees is gathered from an 80km radius around the site.
This year's tree plant will be held on 20-21 August. Those interested in getting their hands dirty or wanting to have a family tree planted on their behalf can visit www.gympielandcare.org.au.
Photo to the right: Gympie Landcare team (from top left) Gary Coulter, Bruce Adams, Mark Simonis, Nina Drinkwater, Peter Bloom and Phil Berrill prepare Muster site for tree planting.
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