National Tree Day helps revegetate after Cyclone Marcia
NATIONAL Tree Day took on a whole new significance this year when Rockhampton residents gathered to revegetate an area ravaged by Cyclone Marcia.
Local gardening expert, councillor Neil Fisher from Rockhampton Regional Council said the weekend event saw a large turnout of people getting their hands dirty and doing something worthwhile and lasting for the environment.
Local species like the vulnerable native scarlet fuchsia, native tussock grasses and native hibiscus were available to green up the area along Frenchville Rd, which had many trees uprooted during the cyclone.
"This year, families were able to take home a free native plant to replace any that were destroyed on their property from the cyclone, so our whole community will benefit in some way," Cr Fisher said.
"Council and local residents have been involved with National Tree Day from the beginning in 1996.
"It's one of the longest and strongest partnerships with Planet Ark across Australia," Cr Fisher said.
"Trees planted in the past have matured into flourishing, green areas that everyone can enjoy."
Coast residents gathered at the southern end of Mulambin Beach on Sunday with a free sausage sizzle provided.
Planet Ark National Tree Day manager Debbie Agnew said since Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996, more than three million participants had planted 21 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.