THIS Sunday is National Tree Day, one of Australia's biggest community tree-planting and nature care events.
Co-ordinated by Planet Ark, local residents are encouraged to help improve the environment in their community by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs.
Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie is a keen supporter of the local National Tree Day event which is being hosted by the Parklands Community Group and supported by the Currimundi Catchment Care Group.
"I have attended the local National Tree Day event for a number of years now and it is a great opportunity for the community to help improve their environment," Mr Bleijie said.
"National Tree Day has been in place for 15 years and since that time some 15 million native trees and shrubs have been planted across Australia.
"The Parklands Community Group has been a supporter of the day for as long as I can remember.
"Ron Burnett and his team do a great job of promoting and hosting the local National Tree Day event each year.
"It is also great to see our school students involved as Friday 29th July is designated as the Schools Tree Day.
"I have written to all schools in the Kawana electorate about Schools Tree Day to encourage their participation.
"Several local schools are also taking up the opportunity to plant some native trees in their own community and educate the students about the importance of looking after their environment.
"It's a day to get down and get your hands dirty to help the planet," Mr Bleijie said.
Details of the event are as follows:
When: Sunday 31st July, 2011
Time: Registration from 8:00am, tree-planting from 8:30am (followed by a free barbecue) - supported by the Lions Club.
Where: End of Lakeshore Place, Little Mountain
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